Monroe-Woodbury Music Department

“Pursuit of Excellence through a musical community that celebrates cultural, social and intellectual diversity.”

AnnouncementsAward for success in music education

The Monroe Woodbury School District has been recognized as one of the 2020 Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation.  That’s quite an honor, but even more exciting is that the district has been honored eight years in a row!

Elementary Music Program

All students participate in a general music class beginning in Kindergarten, extending through grade 6.  Third grade students participate in chorus, where they put into practice the singing and rhythm lessons that began in Kindergarten. All third graders also learn to play the recorder.  The third grade concerts are a delightful blend of song and instrumental music! Beginning in fourth grade, students may choose to participate in band or orchestra.  Once they have chosen an instrument, individual and group lessons are scheduled for students who join our performance groups.

Middle School Music ProgramFlute players with teacher

Every 6th grade student receives general music instruction for 10 weeks.  All 7th and 8th graders who are not taking band, orchestra or chorus, must take general music for 20 weeks in 8th grade. The intent of the course is to provide a worthwhile musical experience for these students regardless of skill/talent level.  Emphasis is placed on developing an affective/cognitive appreciation as a listener for all types of music.

High School Music Program

The Music Department at Monroe-Woodbury High School offers a comprehensive program which allows students to perform in a wide variety of instrumental and vocal performance ensembles. Courses in music theory are also offered. Music education at Monroe-Woodbury focuses on standards of excellence.


The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) system of assessment and similar assessment tools developed at Monroe-Woodbury are the primary rating and evaluation measures used to evaluate performance outcomes for both individual students and ensemble activities.

Specific goals of music education at Monroe-Woodbury include:

  1. Development of student aptitude and opportunities in music.
  2. The creation of challenges and opportunities in music for students who have either a primary or secondary interest in studying music.
  3. The opportunity to experience music from a cultural and historical perspective and to understand its role in the development of humankind.
  4. The opportunity for aesthetic experiences through music education.