HEWLETT-WOODMERE PUBLIC SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Hewlett-Woodmere District Music Department is a comprehensive music education program for students in grades K-12. Since its inception, the Music Department has enjoyed tremendous growth and has been able to sustain student participation in both the elementary and secondary schools. One out of every three students in Hewlett-Woodmere is involved in its outstanding performing music program! Classroom music is being taught to every student in grades K-6, and is an important component to the music education philosophy.
Beginning in fourth grade, all students have the opportunity to become members of the Band, Orchestra and Chorus. They receive weekly lessons and can continue to do so throughout their careers in Hewlett-Woodmere. Once in middle school, students carry on their music instruction as members of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade performing music ensembles. Each grade has individual bands, orchestras and choruses. In addition, students may audition for a spot in the Select 8th Grade Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. The tradition of excellence in music continues at the high school level where there is an in-depth music theory and music technology program. In addition, many of the groups have achieved award-winning recognition. The performing groups include: String and Chamber Orchestra, Treble Choir, Mixed Chorus, Concert Chorale and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Dance Team and Jazz Ensembles. The district has a strong Musical Theatre program which presents classical musicals from the past as well as some of the newest on Broadway. The high school music program has competed and performed at Disneyworld, Citi Field, Carnegie Hall and on stages across Quebec, Montreal and Toronto, Canada. The Concert Chorale has even performed throughout Italy and had the honor to sing at the Vatican in Rome!
The District has been named one of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education in America 2008, 2009 & 2010 by the NAMM Foundation. Most recently, the department was the recipient of the New York State School Music Association’s Award of Excellence.
The Music Department in Hewlett-Woodmere strives to provide unique performing opportunities and enriching educational experiences to all its students. Many thanks are owed to the community and school board who believe in the importance of a strong and vibrant Arts and Music program. Without their unwavering support, we would not be where we are today.DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC EDUCATION
Walter J. LastowskiDistrict Director of Art & Music1 Johnson PlaceWoodmere, NY 11598516-792-4808