LACESMA is an organization of elementary music educators,  classroom teachers, school administrators, parents and community members who promote and support music education in the Los Angeles Unified Schools.

We provide music scholarships for LAUSD elementary instrumental music students and support music festivals and other performance opportunities for LAUSD elementary students. 

We also provide professional development for LAUSD music teachers, opportunities for educators to perform, and  advocacy resources for arts education.


The halls were filled with the sound of  students warming up and practicing their instruments for the LACESMA Scholarship Auditions held on Saturday, March 7th  at LA Valley College. Over 120 children  auditioned for scholarships for private lessons.  There were many talented young students playing violin, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, harp and piano.  Thanks to the many LAUSD Music teachers who dedicated their Saturday to audition the students, sign the students in and monitor the auditions.    In particular a big thank you to the organizers, Jeanne Mitchell and Sarah Urias

The Scholarships will be awarded at the LACESMA Open Meeting on April 15th at 4:00pm at Wilshire Park Elementary (4063 Ingraham St, Los Angeles, CA 90005). Select scholarship winners will be performing  at this meeting.  The  awards ceremony will have  a reception afterwards.


Kodaly Music Education Workshops - all workshops will be held at 5244 Tujunga Ave.,   North Hollywood, CA 91601  from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Saturday, March 28:  Kurt Cereske will present “Singing Games and Dances”

American Orff Schulwerk Association Workshops - all workshops will be held at  Pasadena Conservatory of Music, 100 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, March 14: Patrick Ware will present “Jazz: Hip Cats and Cool Kids”

OAKE 2015 Conference - Minneapolis, MN March 19 – 22, 2015

Each year OAKE hosts a National Conference for professional development and honor choirs.  From coast to coast, we’ve hosted hundreds of sessions with thousands of teachers, students and guests.  Immerse yourself in Kodály education by attending next year’s conference!  Registration information will be found here starting in October 2014.