Music, Band, Orchestra and Choral Program

South Colonie’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

For the sixth consecutive year, South Colonie has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. 

Music Program Overview

The South Colonie Central School District Music Education program provides a high-quality music experience to each child in our program. Music faculty and staff are committed to offering expert instructional experiences to enhance and educate our students’ musical education. School concert dates and times are posted on the website Google calendar.

NYS Educational Learning Standards for Music/The Arts

The New York State Education Department has established learning standards for Music denoting the skills and abilities each student should attain at various levels of his or her education – elementary, middle and high school levels. 

General Music Instruction

South Colonie offers large group instruction of music fundamentals and music awareness and appreciation at the elementary, middle and high school levels. 

Band Instruction

South Colonie offers large group instrumental music instruction on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments at the middle and high school levels.

Orchestra Instruction

South Colonie offers large group instrumental music instruction on string instruments at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Choral Instruction

South Colonie offers large group vocal music instruction at the middle and high school levels.

Parental Encouragement is Critical to Student Success in the Music Program

As a young musician, parental support and encouragement can give your child the confidence and motivation necessary to work hard toward achieving their music goals.

Purchasing an Instrument for My Child: Should I or Shouldn’t I?

The music teachers strongly recommend NOT purchasing an instrument for your child for the first few years of study. As your child is still growing, it may be years before he or she is ready for a full-size instrument. At this point, enrolling your child in a “rent-to-own” policy through a local music store is the best option. When the time comes to purchase an instrument, please:

  • Contact your child’s music teacher in advance. They will offer some tips and advice for purchasing an instrument.
  • Purchase from a music store. Large department stores and wholesale stores do not sell quality instruments. A poor quality instrument can severely hinder your child’s progress.

The South Colonie Friends of Music

The South Colonie Friends of Music (SCFOM) is a not-for-profit organization of parents, teachers, and all interested persons whose goal is to support and enhance all areas of the South Colonie music program, and to promote an awareness and appreciation of the musical arts throughout the community. 

Colonie Town Band

Formed more than 40 years ago, the Colonie Town Band is a truly intergenerational group made up of dedicated amateur musicians ranging from teenagers (some from Colonie Central High School) to octogenarians. Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department of the Town of Colonie, the band performs more than 20 concerts a year free of charge at community venues including nursing homes, town parks, shopping malls, museums, county fairs, schools, and more. Donations received for performances are used to fund the Frank Mooney Memorial Prize, an award benefiting a Colonie High School graduating senior.