To strengthen the Washington Heights and Inwood communities by providing music instruction as a vehicle for personal and social development for children and their families.
Washington Heights and Inwood Music Project provides holistic music education through classes and performance opportunities for individuals and ensembles. Classes are influenced by El Sistema, Suzuki Method, Gordon Music Learning Theory, and Montessori Education and aim to help individuals develop a lifelong love for learning and to realize their full potential through meaningful activity in the community.
Musical Foundations Program
music Play | Ages 2-4
Music Play is the entry point to the program. Students and their parents/guardians experience multicultural music in a Music Learning Theory influenced class. The environment is child centered, allowing students to make choices individually and as a group, to explore space, to share their individual ways of moving and making music, to tell stories, to express themselves, and to gain executive functioning skills.
Musicianship | Ages 5+
Musicianship serves an important role in building aural and ensemble skills. Students transition from informal learning to formal instruction. Pieces are selected according to abilities of the group and sequentially builds listening, performing, audiating, improvising, reading, and writing vocabularies.
Private Lessons | Ages 3+
The instrument is a tool for self-expression and developing problem solving skills. Private lessons teach children to understand and make music through a natural sequence and we teach adults how to follow the child in order to allow the child to develop his/her potential. Central to the lessons are the child's five basic needs for order, coordination, concentration, independence, and sense of belonging as outlined by Maria Montessori.
Teachers model effective communication, organize learning into sequential steps, and guide parents to continue to build their own confidence as teachers and learners so they can serve as the home teacher. Instructors observe and make recommendations about the relationship between the parent and child in order to support the child's self-construction, independence, and lifelong love for learning.
Ensembles | Ages 5+
Students who take private lessons at WHIN also participate in an ensemble class according to their ability. The group setting provides opportunities for students to engage in peer teaching and to learn to conduct the ensemble. We offer three levels of ensembles.
Pre-Orchestra | Beginners | 4:00-4:45
WHIN Youth Orchestra | Intermediate | 4:50-5:35
Camerata | Advanced | 5:45-7:15
Students participating in Instrumental Program are required to participate in the Musical Foundations Program and/or American Youth Orchestra according to their playing level.
On the first Wednesday of every month WHIN Music Project holds community days so that students, families, and community members can gather together to share the joy of music. Community Days include presentations by local musicians, businesses, and service providers in order to enrich the lives of our program participants.