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Music Department

The Niskayuna Schools Department of Music Education serves as a resource for the development of
musical knowledge, musical skill through performance, aesthetic exploration, attitude development, and provides for the personal growth of each individual. The primary goal of this department is to promote music as an art, through self-discipline and self-expression. In the spring of 2014, the NAMM Foundation recognized the Niskayuna Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education by naming it one of 375 "Best Communities for Music Education (BCME)" in the country.

Acting Director of Music Education: Eric Hughes,, (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21711
Music Department Secretary: Tracy Koste, (518) 382-2511 Ext. 21710

Nisky "Summer Sonata"

The Nisky "Summer Sonata" music program is a two week program designed for students entering grades 5-9 in the fall, who are already members of the Band, Choir, or Orchestra program - (Grades 5-8 for Orchestra, Grades 6-8 for Band and Grades 6-9 for Choir.) This exciting opportunity is for students who enjoy music and wish to continue developing their musical skills during the summer with Nisky Music Faculty! Read more and register

High School Music Program

The basic purpose of the music program is to give students the opportunity to find a richer life by guiding them to a better understanding of music. Visit the High School Music Page

Middle School Music Program

All students in grades 6-8 receive general instruction in music and have the opportunity to participate in chorus and grade-level string orchestras and bonds. Learn more about the Middle School Music Program

Elementary Music Program

Elementary school students receive general music instruction 1-2 times per week depending upon their grade level. All grade 4/5 students are part of the school chorus. Students may begin studying a string instrument in grade 4 and a band instrument in grade 5. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ELEMENTARY MUSIC PROGRAM

Helpful Music Resources


Friends of Niskayuna Music

Niskayuna Friends of Music is a volunteer organization dedicated to fostering the music education, performance and enjoyment of the students of the Niskayuna school district. Visit the Friends of Music Website

Friends of Music Summer Music Study Scholarship information and application



Music Handbooks
Music Department Forms
Niskayuna named a 'Best Community for Music education' for 2nd year

The Niskayuna Central School District has been recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation, or National Association of Music Merchants. Our district joins 387 others across the country in receiving the prestigious distinction in 2015. READ MORE

A Grammy Signature School Semifinalist

For the second year in a row in 2014, Niskayuna High School was named a GRAMMY® Signature School semifinalist. The GRAMMY Signature Schools program recognizes top U.S. public high schools that are making an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. READ MORE