About our Department

      • The Glen Cove Music Department is known for its fine tradition of excellence.  Students begin their musical journey in kindergarten and continue through their senior year in high school. Our musicians are given the opportunity to be part of performing ensembles that include band, chorus, and orchestra, as well as a variety of classroom music experiences.  In addition, the music department offers many extra curricular activities such as jazz band, pep band, a cappella groups, musical theater performances, drum line, and fine arts festivals.  Award winning performances are enjoyed throughout the year by families and community members alike.

        Our recent awards and accomplishments include:

        • Members of Glen Cove High School's Select Chorale have once again been invited to perform on the TV 10/55 Holiday Show with Richard Rose. The performance will air on TV 10/55 on Dec. 21. CBS will also run footage from the musical performance intermittently on Christmas Day.
        • The Glen Cove High School Select Choral was invited to perform for the President and the First Lady at the White House Holiday Party, 2014
        • Rating of Gold with Distinction at the 2014 NYSSMA Majors Festival for the High School Select Chorale
        • 2 students selected (1 choral, 1 band) to the National Association of Music Educators (NAFME) All National Festival 2014
        • The Glen Cove High School Band to perform at The Columbus Day parade and the Inaugural Veterans Day Parade in New York City
        • Ratings of Superior at the Music in the Parks Festivals for the High School Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Middle School Concert Band
        • Ratings of Gold at the 2013 NYSSMA Majors Festival for the 7th Grade Band
        • Expansion of the orchestral program to the high school level
        • Select Chorale invited to perform at Westminster Choir College Choral Festival and at the Queens College Choral Festival
        • Over 100 students from 4-12 grade participated in the NYSSMA Solo Adjudication Festival
        • 48 students district wide were selected to participate in the All County Festival and 4 students were selected to participate in the All State Festival
        • 8 students selected to NYSSMA All State Ensembles 2013
        • 1 student selected to the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME) All National Choir 2013
        • Students were selected to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association
        • Elementary students participated in the Tilles Center Arts in Education partnership
        • High School performing ensembles have performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall
        • Glen Cove music students support their community in many ways through local events such as tree lightings, parades, ceremonies and visits to senior resident homes.
        • The High School Chorale has participated in a performance fundraiser for the HPS NETWORK (Hermanskey-Pudlak Syndrome), a national non-profit that fights for a cure to this rare, genetic disease 2011-present
        • Every Glen Cove music performance group, from Kindergarten to High School performs in 2 school-wide concerts each year

      Elementary Music

      • The elementary music program strives to give a variety of musical experiences to every student. In General Music class students learn the basics of rhythm, melody, harmony, sight reading, music theory, composition and performance through singing, movement and in the playing of instruments. In 3rd grade students are given the opportunity to begin their experience in formal instrumental ensembles through participation in the string orchestra. Additionally, 4th and 5th grade students may also participate in band. All K-5 students perform as members of their respective grade level chorus at Winter and Spring Concerts.

        The Cultural Arts programs at the elementary level allow all students the opportunity to explore a wide range of aesthetic and experiential arts activities. These programs include: The Tilles Center Arts in Education School Partnership and the Jazz Sampler project. These programs include workshops with professional teaching artists and attendance at various professional performances.

      Middle School Music

      • The Robert M. Finley Middle School music department aims to enrich each and every student’s musical experience. Whether a student is enrolled in a performing ensemble or a general music class, every child receives the opportunity to explore the world of music. Middle school music is the bridge between the beginning experiences at the elementary level and the advanced ensembles at the high school. Therefore, this time is crucial in a child’s musical development. The faculty strives to create an environment where students are not afraid to take chances and experiment in this art form while developing advanced musicianship and musical concepts.

        The following music courses are offered at the middle school:

        • Chorus 6
        • Orchestra 6
        • Band 6
        • Chorus 7/8
        • Orchestra 7/8
        • 7th Grade Band
        • Concert Band
        • General Music
        • Introduction to Band

      High School Music

      • Our High School Music department is generally one of the busiest areas of the building. The courses offered act as an avenue for musical enjoyment, or as a stepping stone towards a career in music. There is a wide variety of offerings here which include Music Theory I, AP Music Theory, Concert Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus, and Select Chorale.

        Our music theory courses are geared towards the advanced music student and are a great prerequisite to college music courses. The performing groups are top notch; our Wind Ensemble and Select Chorale are among some of the top groups in New York State. We are also very excited that the orchestral program that was started 8 years ago has arrived at the high school!