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52 West Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845.497.4000
Fax: 845.497.4030



Congratulations to the Washingtonville Music Department for being honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 4th consecutive year. Washingtonville is one of 4% of districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award in 2017.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Washingtonville answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Washingtonville is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, replaces No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing—while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.


A big thank you to all of our music teachers, faculty, staff, administrators, Board of Education members, community and most importantly to all of our music students and families who strive for excellence and support our program in so many ways!


District Music Department Calendar



December 2017

5 Tues. MS Winter Concert – MS aud. – 7pm (S.D. 12/8)

6 Weds. MS Winter Concert – MS aud. – 7pm (S.D. 12/8)

7 Thurs. MS Winter Concert – MS aud. – 7pm (S.D. 12/8)

12 Tues. HS Winter Chorus Concert – HS aud. – 7pm (S.D. 12/15)

14 Thurs. HS Winter Band Concert – HS aud. – 7pm (S.D.12/15)

January 2018

16 Tues. RH Winter Concert – HS aud. – 7pm (S.D. TBD)

17 Weds. TA Winter Concert – HS aud. – 7pm (S.D. TBD)

18 Thurs. LB Winter Concert – HS aud. – 7pm (S.D. TBD)

March 2018 - Music in Our Schools Month!

7 Weds. Faculty Scholarship Recital (S.D. TBD)

13 Tues. HS/MS Chorus Day – HS aud. – 8am – (S.D. 3/14)

20 Tues. HS/MS Band Day –– HS aud. – 8am – (S.D. 3/21)

April 2018

19 Thurs. HS Music / Community Service Coffee House – 6:30pm

May 2018

16 Weds. HS Spring Band Concert– HS aud. – 7pm

17 Thurs. HS Spring Chorus Concert – HS aud. – 7pm

21 Mon. MS Spring Concert & Arts Festival – MS aud. – 7pm

22 Tues. MS Spring Concert & Arts Festival – MS aud. – 7pm

23 Weds. MS Spring Concert & Arts Festival – MS aud. – 7pm

29 Tues. RH Spring Concert – HS aud. – 7pm

30 Wed. TA Spring Concert – HS aud. – 7pm

31 Thurs. LB Spring Concert – HS aud. – 7pm
Why Music? 
Can we afford to keep music in our schools?
Current research on the brain and learning is proving that music is a vital link to brain development, literacy, spatial reasoning and math skills. Music also has a direct relationship, and a major influence on our children’s entire educational program:
Science – Music is a specialized science, which deals with the qualities of sound, acoustics, and timbre.
Mathematics – Counting in groups of two, three, four, and higher is used consistently in all music repertoire. When teaching rhythmic values, we reinforce the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Geography – Music is everywhere, but unique to each culture on earth. Through music we raise the awareness and understanding of the world around us.
History – Music acts as a blueprint, testimonial, and archive to people and events of the past. As musicians, we are able to experience a piece of history through performance.
Foreign Language – Most of the music we perform has its inception from western European civilization. Students, in particular vocal students, gain significant knowledge of the Italian, German, French, and Spanish languages.
Physical Education – When starting and developing the wind and vocal musician, a significant amount of time is spent developing proper breath support and appropriate respiratory habits. Rehearsals, if properly orchestrated, can be as intensive and exhaustive as jogging or swimming laps. Motor skills are advanced substantially. As with all sports organizations, the concepts of teamwork and cooperation are enhanced in the band, orchestra, and chorus setting.
Music is the universal language, which establishes a common bond among all subjects and people. It evokes passionate emotions in the heart and rekindles vibrant memories of the mind. What an enormous impact music has on every aspect of our lives! 
Can we afford not to have music?
Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours,
three days each week through at least one full school year are:
4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools.
4 times more likely to participate in math and science fairs.
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance.
4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.
Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:
Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently.
Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently.
Read for pleasure nearly twice as often.
Perform community service more than four times as often.
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