A Revolutionary Education through Music

401 W. 164th Street (164th & Edgecombe Ave), NY, NY. 10032  email: info@whinmusic.org
phone: 1 (844) 489-0817


The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School (“WHIN Music Charter School” or “WHIN”) will provide our diverse student population with rigorous academic instruction, intensive music education and a positive learning environment so that every student can thrive academically and personally .


With a uniquely challenging educational program that incorporates intensive daily music instruction, WHIN fosters innovative teaching methods, imbues students with a love of learning, and facilitates the development of our community through music, academic, and social inclusion.

Music at WHIN

El Sistema.

WHIN students composing with stringed instruments

WHIN Music Community Charter School will be the first El Sistema based school in New York City and ensure every student’s success by implementing a rigorous, inquiry-driven, project-based academic curriculum with two hours of daily music instruction based on the El Sistema model, whose inclusive philosophies and individual/social benefits for its participants.1

El Sistema is a model for social action through music, founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu, who believes that “music has to be recognized as an…agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.” To learn more about El Sistema click here.

Our Model.

WHIN students performing in the orchestra

At WHIN Music Community Charter School, “music” is literally our middle name. WHIN offers two periods of ensemble music a day, five days a week, for all students, based in El Sistema’s principles of music as a vehicle for inclusion and social change.

Along with a common core aligned curriculum, WHIN features a music-centered interdisciplinary system enriched by El Sistema music instruction. These proven strategies cultivate students’ executive function and self-regulation skills and are anchored to three types of brain function: working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control.

Our ensembles focus on vocal and instrumental music, with both strands building strong foundations of music literacy across all stages of musical development so students become authentic life-long and life-wide music makers. Alongside our ensembles, WHIN’s music-infused curriculum allows for authentic musical connections across all subject areas and disciplines.

News and Events

Social Media

Interested in enrolling at WHIN? Join us at one of our upcoming Open Houses and see what all the noise is about! RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/f2teyyG4eTJi7bSm1
¿Interesado en inscribirse en el WHIN? ¡Únase a nosotros en una de nuestras próximas casas abiertas y vea de qué se trata todo el ruido! RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/f2teyyG4eTJi7bSm1
هل ترغب في التسجيل في whin ؟ الانضمام الينا في واحده من المنازل المفتوحة لدينا المقبلة ونري ما كل الضجيج حول!

#WHINproud #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood #Charterschools #education #kindergarten


Great article in the NY Times about El Sistema master Gustavo Dudmel.
Gran artículo en el NY Times sobre el sistema Master Gustavo Dudmel.
المادة العظيمة في نيويورك تايمز عن التحكم الرئيسي غوستافو دودمل.

#elsistema #NYT LA Phil Gustavo Dudamel

What Makes Superstar Conductor Gustavo Dudamel So Good?

Thank you, El Sistema USA, for the great blog feature! // ¡ Gracias, el sistema USA, por la gran función del blog! // شكرا لكم ، المنهاج الولايات الامريكيه ، لميزه بلوق كبيره!
#WHINproud #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood


PRESTO Feature: WHIN Music Community Charter School – El Sistema USA
Photos from Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School's post

We're still glowing after yesterday's great performance! // ¡ Todavía estamos brillando después de la gran actuación de ayer! // ما زلنا متوهجين بعد الأداء الرائع ليوم أمس! #WHINproud #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood

Photos from Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School's post

Join us on Thursday, October 25th, at 3pm for our first concert of the year! // ¡ Únase a nosotros el jueves, 25 de octubre, a las 3pm para nuestro primer concierto del año! // انضم الينا يوم الخميس ، 25 أكتوبر ، في الساعة 3 مساء لحفلنا الأول لهذا العام! #WHINproud #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood

1.  Cuesta, José (2008), Music to My Ears. For more information about El Sistema, please see the founder Abreu’s TED talk about El Sistema http://www.ted.com/talks/jose_abreu_on_kids_transformed_by_music.

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