The Williamsville Central School District’s commitment to quality education offers students a comprehensive music program. Over fifty percent of students enrolled in grades 3-12 are 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 regional 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 music conferences.
A dedicated staff of 50 music teachers is actively involved in professional music education organizations. Approximately 35 faculty members are active professional performers and five are published and/or recorded composers. In addition, many Williamsville music staff members have been featured guest lecturers at music education conferences. Seventeen Williamsville music teachers have been selected for the prestigious 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