American Youth Symphony

The American Youth Symphony trains gifted young musicians for professional careers in symphony orchestras; to make music available to all segments of the community through admission-free concerts; and to foster music appreciation and provide instruments to children attending underserved public schools through music outreach. Players are exposed to a wide repertoire and varied styles of music, from […]

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Founded in 2001 and backed by the vision of Michael “Flea” Balzary, bassist of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music was established to fill a void that was felt in the community by offering private instrumental lessons, group classes, and summer camps to people of all ages. The mission statement […]

The Neighborhood Music School

The Neighborhood Music School’s long tradition of providing music instruction and performance opportunities to Boyle Heights and its surrounding communities began in 1914 in a building appropriately located on Mozart Street.  East Los Angeles evolved around it into a culturally diverse district, and the Neighborhood Music School changed with it, moving in the 1940s into […]

Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Education Through Music – Los Angeles supports music education in inner-city elementary and middle schools with supplemental music programming, tools, and instructors. From the Education Through Music-LA website:  ETM-LA believes that: All children benefit from having music as part of their regular studies Children benefit most when their music education features the same rigor as other academic […]

The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory

The Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory was established in 2010 by jazz pianist Billy Mitchell, who saw a need to provide a supportive and parent-focused music program in South Los Angeles. Parents of music students are required to attend rehearsals and sign an agreement committing the student to home practice. From the Watts-Willowbook Boys and […]

The Watts-Willowbrook Conservatory of Music

After neighboring schools let out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, students of the Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club Conservatory walk to the Boys and Girls Club for rehearsal, if they are close enough; others are bussed in, to avoid runs-ins with gangs. For one hour in the afternoon, they practice on loaned violins, violas, cellos and […]

VIDEO: Education Through Music-LA Backs Up Los Angeles Schools

Where there is a music education hole to fill in schools in Los Angeles and the surrounding area, Education Through Music-LA swoops in to offer support. Upon moving to Los Angeles from New York City, where Education Through Music was developed, Executive Director Victoria Lanier, 34, noticed that many of the city’s disadvantaged schools lacked […]