June 2023 Newsletter
Celebrating Juneteenth
Happy Juneteenth! Also known as Freedom Day, June 19th honors the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865 - the law that officially ended slavery in the United States. ETM-LA continues its commitment to building a more just, equitable, and loving world through music. We invite you to reflect on this holiday through music by Rhiannon Giddens featuring Yo Yo Ma, "Build a House," and to learn more about Juneteenth and its history and impact.

Music holds the power to bridge communities, heal, unite, move, teach, and transform.
Black Music Appreciation Month
ETM-LA honors Black music & artists not only this month, but year-round. See how ETM-LA Champions amplify Black Music.
What are some ways you amplify and celebrate Black music throughout the year?

"I produce concerts throughout the year, especially in February, that highlight the contributions of Black artists and the sociological impact of the music. I teach a music history class that delineates the impact of Black music on America since the Civil War. I also conduct the African American Chamber Music Society Orchestra which focuses on the music of Black symphonists."

Vincent Womack, Conductor, Music Professor, & ETM-LA's 2017 Shining Star Music Educator
Happy Pride Month!

"I just want to make art that connects with people and moves them on an emotional level. Any time I can put out music and place a story behind it and have people watch it and go, 'Wow, I was affected by that,' to me, feels like I've done my job."

-Hayley Kiyoko, Singer & Actress
In honor of Pride Month, explore lesson plans, resources, and activities from dedicated educators that raise meaningful awareness. Parents.com shares how to teach your kids about what it means to be LGBTQIA+, the history behind Pride Month, and more ways to further inclusivity.
Caribbean American Heritage Month

"Representing for my country Barbados, representing for Black women everywhere, I think that’s really important. That’s key for people to see the possibilities."

-Rihanna, Singer, Actress, & CEO of Fenty Beauty

In recognition of Caribbean American Heritage Month, here are ways to celebrate through music, activities, and more.
Happy Father's Day!
“When [Gio] comes to choir and music his effort shines. He is more passionate about it. That’s what I have seen change.” ETM-LA Parent José continues, “Choir is an outlet, it’s where he can express himself musically and artistically.”

Thank you to all fathers who are champions of their children and advocate for music education!

🌿 Additional Resources 🌿

A Juneteenth Playlist From Pianist Lara Downes. "Let's sing a song for freedom this Juneteenth. Let's lift every voice..." Read more

"Formerly called National Black Music Month, this celebration of African American musical contributions is re-established annually by presidential proclamation..." Read more

"The Institute of Caribbean Studies’ (ICS) effort to establish National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) began in 1999..." Read more

"Pronouns are important because they give individuals validation and a safe environment to be themselves..." Read more

THANK YOU for helping to further equity and access for all children.

Education Through Music-Los Angeles' mission is to provide and
promote music as part of a well-rounded education for every child
in under-resourced schools in order to enhance students' academic
achievement, creativity, and overall development.