Dear observing family,
Thank you for your interest in WHIN Music Project. This is important information that will serve as a guide as your family prepares to join the WHIN Music Project community.
Since its inception in August 2012, our program has blossomed into a well-respected El Sistema-inspired program serving 130 students annually through our different instructional opportunities.
Students in our community present formal concerts and recitals in addition to enjoying community outreach and public performances. WHIN students have performed in prestigious venues such as The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, El Museo del Barrio, The Cornerstone Center, The United Palace Theatre, Merkin Hall, the New York Society or Ethical Culture and the Morris-Jumel Mansion; have participated in prestigious festivals such as the Latin American Cultural Week, Uptown Arts Stroll and Make Music NYC; and joined with four other El Sistema-inspired núcleos for the first El Sistema NY/NJ Seminario with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in partnership with Carnegie Hall and Orchestra of St. Luke's.
The strength of our program lies in the dedication of each of our families, the excellent training of our faculty, and the combination of El Sistema, Music Learning Theory, Suzuki, and Montessori philosophies. The secret of the worldwide success of these philosophies for education and social change is based on teamwork: communities, families, teachers, and children working together. Therefore, following El Sistema's motto, cantar, tocar y luchar (to sing, to play and to strive), everyone invovled in our program is working toward the collective goal of improving the quality of life and increasing opportunities for success within the whole community.
Parental/guardian involvement is required for all students under the age of 10 and all new students age 10+ for the first full year of instrumental instruction. This entails attending all private lessons, guiding the home practice, keeping track of assignments, and providing a positive learning environment.
Once your child is accepted to the program, WHIN provides instrument rental and purchase options. Please do not rent or purchase an instrument prior to your child being sized by his/her private teacher.
We are honored that you are considering having your child study in our program and we look forward to meeting you and your child.
WHIN Music Project Team
Steps to Enrollment
Observing lessons allows interested families to better understand our philosophy by seeing the approach of the program in action so, if you should decide to join, you will be able to make a smooth transition into each class. Thank you for your interest in beginning your musical journey with WHIN Music Project.
1. Schedule observations
Determine which days and times work best for you and your child using the class schedules and calendar then contact the specific instructor to schedule observations a minimum of 48 hours in advance of your observation date.
- Only the specific lessons and times listed in the schedule are available for observation. For example, if you would like to observe a beginner orchestra, you would need to contact Andrea Profili and request to observe her 4:00 Wednesday class. Afterward, Andrea will reply confirming whether or not you may observe the class.
- Please note the scheduled cancellations, holidays, community days, makeup weeks and location changes on the online calendar. Observations will not take place on those dates.
2. Complete 2 or 6 observations
If you are applying for the Musical Foundations Program, observe 2 musical foundation classes (Saturday afternoons).
If you are applying for the Instrumental Program, observe 2 musical foundations classes (Saturday afternoons), 2 orchestra classes (Wednesdays), and 2 private lessons. The teacher will record your attendance only if you are present for the entire length of the lesson.
This requirement helps you to become familiar with all of the instructional elements of the program. Involvement in the Instrumental Program is dependent upon participation in the Ensemble Program.
Important information regarding observations:
- Class locations can be found on the schedules or on the "Visit" section of our website.
- Arrive to your observation 5 minutes before the lesson start time.
- Please help your child listen quietly while in the lesson. If your child becomes restless, it is okay to leave the room, in order to avoid distracting the students taking the lesson. It is okay for children to bring a quiet activity such as play do to the observation. Electronic devices are not allowed in the lessons.
- Please reserve all questions for an email or phone conversation. The teachers will rarely be able to discuss questions during or after the lessons as they have to make sure to remain on schedule.
3. Submit the application form.
4. Wait for notification of acceptance to the program.
Once your application form has been processed, you will be notified of acceptance to the program, if there is an available spot.
Register for classes by completing the online registration form. We will provide the password for the registration form once the observation form has been submitted.
6. Attend the mandatory orientation.
There will be a mandatory meeting for all newly enrolled parents/guardians at a time to be determined.
7. Begin lessons.
We will inform you of the date of your child’s first class.