The Williamsville Central School District’s commitment to quality education offers students a comprehensive music program. Over 50% of the total student enrollment in grades 3-12 is involved in performing ensembles and the district boasts exceptionally active New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) student participation in festivals. Each year the district hosts evaluation festivals at multiple locations. There is an active composition program with students and staff gaining local, state, and national recognition. The district’s performing ensembles regularly make guest appearances at local, state, and national conventions.
A dedicated staff of fifty music teachers is actively involved in local, state, and national professional music education organizations. Approximately thirty-five are active professional performers and five are published and/or recorded composers. In addition, many Williamsville music staff have been featured guest lecturers at local, state, and national music education conferences. Sixteen staff members have been selected for the Erie County Council of Music Coordinators/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra “Award for Excellence in Music Education” since the award’s inception.
The mission of the Music Program is to develop in K-12 students an appreciation, understanding and talent for music in order that they might progress on to a career in music, continue with music throughout their life as an avocation and support music and the arts as adults.
Check out this video about how music helps students, titled the Broader-Minded Movement:
TED-Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain
For more information regarding Music instruction in Williamsville, please contact:
Instructional Specialist for The Arts, Business & Marketing, and Family & Consumer Sciences
mrusso [at] williamsvillek12.org