ETM-Bay Area Winter Newsletter

Spring 2013

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Welcome to ETM-Bay Area's Spring 2013 Newsletter! We have exciting news for you about what ETM-Bay Area has been doing. Read on for information about our next open house, new board members, and what you can do to get more involved with ETM-Bay Area!

New Partner: SF Opera

ETM-Bay Area is proud to announce a new partnership with the San Francisco Opera, in which we will work together to provide music and opera education for all the students at Valley View Elementary in Richmond. As with existing ETM-Bay Area schools, every child in every grade will participate in at least one music class per week which will be completely integrated into the school day and taught by a certified music teacher. At Valley View, however, the classes will be split between ETM-Bay Area and SF Opera Education faculty, who will deliver complementary and coordinated lessons providing not only basic music education, but also experience with the multiple arts of opera.

ETM-Bay Area: New Board Members

Robert Birks

We are proud to announce we have recently expanded our Board of Directors and Advisory Board. We have three new Board members who are excited to join us and help advance ETM-Bay Area’s mission: Eli Salomon, Robert Birks, and Jonathan Krasnow. Eli Salomon is a venture capitalist who attended Harvard Law and Wharton Business School. He is very interested in music’s ability to improve students’ lives and academic successes. Robert Birks is a Richmond community activist, as well as the Vice President of Lexicon Branding. Deeply invested in the Richmond community, he is proud to help ETM-Bay Area continue pushing Richmond’s children to succeed. Jonathan Krasnow is the Telecommunications Manager at Nektar Therapeutics and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is deeply committed to improving our students’ lives and expanding ETM-Bay Area’s programs.

We have also added several members to our Advisory Board, including Madeline Kronenberg, President of the West Contra Costa School Board; Rikha Rani, former Clinton Foundation program manager; Rey Fernandez, Executive Director of Instruction at Manhattan Prep; among others. We are certain they all will be essential to furthering ETM-Bay Area’s mission and instrumental to our continued success.

Next Open House

If you would like to see ETM-Bay Area’s programs in action, we are offering a monthly open house at Coronado Elementary in Richmond. Come meet our kids and teachers in a classroom setting and witness firsthand the power of music education. Our next open house is April 24 at 11:10am. If you are interested, RSVP to

How You can Help!

Help us provide music to children by donating now! Thanks to a generous gift covering all of ETM-Bay Area's overhead and operating expenses, 100% of all individual gifts support programming. This means that every cent you give directly supports our music programs. $120 provides one child with a weekly music class for one year; $3000 provides weekly music classes to a class of 25 children who would otherwise have no formal music education.

Spotlight on: Peres Elementary

Principal: Jawan Eldridge
Providing weekly in-school music classes for every student since 2007
Enrollment: 530
95% African American/Hispanic
99% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

After increasing by less than 5% the previous year, statewide API test scores at Peres increased by over 8% in ETM-Bay Area's first year providing comprehensive music education there.  And this change was not short-lived, either: over ETM-Bay Area's first five years at Peres, API scores increased by 18% cumulatively.

Dylan Tatz to Speak at Princeton Reunions Panel

ETM-Bay Area Executive Director Dylan Tatz was recently invited to speak on a panel discussion at Princeton Reunions in May entitled, "Where Culture Meets Community: The Social Impact of Arts & Humanities Organizations." The other three members of the panel are senior arts executives representing a museum, a theater company, and a dance company. Attendance at the panel is expected to be around 600 to 700 people.

ETM-Bay Area is Hiring

We are currently hiring for three positions, all based in our San Francisco office and/or our East Bay schools - please email if you or anyone you know is interested in joining our team, and we will share complete job descriptions:

  • Chief of Staff (part-time to start)
  • Music Teacher (full-time)
  • Program Coordinator (part-time)

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