Friday, August 26, 2016


For this week's arts and culture column, I sat down with Anna Wray, teacher at a nonprofit called Education Through Music LA.

Here's how the piece begins:

Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA) is a nonprofit that partners with inner-city schools, both public and private, including Catholic. Their mission is to provide and promote music in disadvantaged schools as part of the core curriculum for every child in order to enhance students’ academic achievements, and their creative and overall development.

Recently I sat down with ETM-LA teacher Anna Wray and asked her to talk about her experience.

Anna grew up in Westchester, New York, and started taking piano lessons at six. “I was fortunate to have a wonderful teacher who taught me music theory. That set me up for a lifelong love of, and fascination for, music.”

She went on to get a B.A. at Mills in music performance and, in 2015, a master’s in percussion performance at CalArts.

The overarching goal of ETM-LA is also to teach music theory. “It’s so exciting when the kids can start to see that the chord progressions in Bach, for example, are the same as in a lot of pop music.”


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