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Music Education at North Colonie

The North Colonie Central School District is proud of its excellent arts programs. The music department in North Colonie includes 23 teachers who work with over 65 performing groups. More than 2,100 students perform regularly within our schools and community.

For the 9th year in a row, North Colonie has been designated as one of the Best Communities for Music Education, a national honor. Winning districts set the bar in offering students access to comprehensive music education.

The NAMM Foundation congratulates the district on demonstrating outstanding achievement in providing music access and education to all students in the district.

“I am proud of the accomplishments of our ensembles and students, but more importantly, proud of the daily instruction and inspiration that our music teachers provide for the children of North Colonie,” said Deborah Keough, North Colonie’s Music Department Supervisor. “It is a distinct honor to lead this department of dedicated professionals.”

The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 9,000 members around the world.

NYSSMA Presidential Award 

NYSSMA Presidential CitationIn 2013, North Colonie was the recipient of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) 2013 Presidential Citation, the only school district statewide to receive the honor that year. The award is presented to select New York State school districts for their dedication and commitment to a quality music education.

Calling all instruments: Donate to a student in need

In the last couple of years, the Music department has seen a marked increase in families who are unable to afford an instrument for their children. Some children have requested to drop out of band or orchestra because the instrument rental costs are more than their parents can currently afford.

If you have any used band or orchestra instruments at home, please consider making them a tax-deductible donation to the school district. The district can rent these instruments to families at a greatly reduced cost, or by BOE policy, waive the rental fee for families on free lunch. You can drop off the instrument to District Music Supervisor Deborah Keough at Shaker High School or to a music teacher in any school building. Please include your full name and address so we can send the letter for your tax deduction. Our hope is that every child who wants to learn an instrument will be able to do so.

Instruments used in the North Colonie music program:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba
Percussion Kit (drum pad, bells)
Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
Guitar, Digital keyboard

Receive Music Department news through School Messenger, Twitter

You can receive Music Department news through School Messenger, the district’s new emergency notification system. School Messenger replaced SNN (School News Notifier) starting in September 2018. Parents are automatically connected to School Messenger through Infinite Campus. If parents’ information is up-to-date in Infinite Campus, it will be up to date in School Messenger. There is no separate School Messenger account to maintain.

You can also stay up-to-date on Music Department news by following on Twitter @NColonieMusic.