ELM Notes May 2019
Dear ELM Supporter:
Last month, a caravan of 20 young students and their music director, accompanied by parents and siblings, spent a weekend here in the Canal with our students and their families. This extraordinary collaboration between Mariachi Mestizo and ELM, was conceived by Jim Pugh, founder and executive director of the Little Village Foundation, which supports and promotes unknown musical talent. Our weekend together felt like a reunion, though we had never met before. Students from Mariachi Mestizo have so many of the same stories as our students; most are children of immigrant families from Central America and most are growing up in challenging circumstances. But the biggest commonality is their shared passion for music.
ELM inspires youth to envision and achieve excellence in all facets of their lives through music education and performance.
ELM provides group and individual music education for youth in San Rafael's Canal neighborhood. All students start on the soprano recorder, chorus, and Orff mallet instruments through which they learn ear training, music theory, and music-reading skills. After students demonstrate basic music competence and commitment, they are offered opportunities to transition to other instruments. Students have multiple ensemble and performance opportunities. Family participation and community partnerships are key to ELM's success.
ELM envisions a center of musical excellence in which classical music and other music traditions are shared and celebrated.
Enriching Lives through Music | P.O. Box 1133, Larkspur, CA 94977-1133, U.S.A.