LACESMA is an organization of 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 performance opportunities for LAUSD elementary students.

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


From our LACESMA member, June Cheleden:  On Monday, June 6 my husband of 58 years Buzz passed away peacefully with his beloved cat at his side. His big heart just stopped after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Sunday, June 26 at the Glendale Church of the Brethren, 626 N Pacific Av, Glendale 91203. Rest in peace Algerdas N Cheleden Dec 10 1936-Jun 6, 2016.


Our LACESMA Banquet event started with a performance by a 90 voice children’s Honor Chorus from LAUSD elementary schools, Allesandro, Broad Ave, Gratts Learning Academy, Kittredge, Mar Vista and Nevin Elementary. The participating teachers were Eloise Porter, Susan Roe, Paula Van Houten, Terri Perryman, and Katherine Williamson.  Conductors were Eloise Porter and Katherine Williamson.

The 75th Gala began with the beautiful music of David and Paulette Miller playing flute and harp. Our Emcee was the eloquent  Gail Eichenthal, executive producer and on air host of performances for  KUSC, KDFC and KDB. The evening was filled with performances by our elementary scholarship winners and the wonderful recording artist/singer, Deborah Ash.  Throughout the evening  there were sing-a-longs, opportunity drawings, awarding of  honorary life time memberships, honoring retirees and a wonderful speech supporting music in our schools by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist, Mitchell Newman.  We are so very proud of our very own President Jeanne Mitchell for her moving speech and vision for this fabulous event.   Especially electrifying  moments were seeing the former LACESMA presidents going back 20 years come up on stage to be honored.  This group of music educators were so instrumental in moving music education forward in LAUSD.  

Enjoy pictures of our 75th DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA

Former LACESMA Presidents

2016 LACESMA Board Members