Music at Spackenkill High School


The basic philosophy behind our music program is to advance and refine the musical skills developed at the middle school level. Students are held to a high level of musical achievement. Music classes meet every day. All students receive a pull-out lesson on a rotating basis. Students develop composition skills using technology. At this time, all musical offerings at the high school level are performing ensembles. Students perform music from a variety of genres, cultures, and time periods. All instruction and assessments are directly reflective on the National and New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and the goals of our district.

NY State Learning Standards for the Arts

National Learning Standards for the Arts


Course Options

Students may choose to participate in one of the four following ensembles. 

Concert Chorus

Concert Band

Chamber Orchestra

String Ensemble


Alternate Ensembles

Jazz Band

Pep Band

Percussion Ensemble


Honor Musical Performance Opportunities

NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival

DCMEA Junior High All County (grade 9 only)

DCMEA All-County Jazz Band (grades 9-12)

NYSSMA Area All State (grades 9-12) (competitive)

NYSSMA All-State (grades 10-12, highly competitive)

NYSSMA All-Eastern / All-National (bi-annual, most competitive)


Photos from Music Events