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

Apply now for the 2019-2020 School Year!

¡ Solicite ahora el año escolar 2019-2020!


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If you're looking for a free, fun activity on Sat, March 23rd the The School of American Ballet presents The Beauty of Ballet for children ages 4 and up.
Si estás buscando una actividad divertida y gratuita el sábado 23 de marzo, la escuela de ballet americano presenta la belleza del ballet para niños de 4 años en adelante.
إذا كنت تبحث عن الحرة ، والنشاط متعه في السبت ، 23 مارس مدرسه الباليه الامريكيه يقدم جمال الباليه للأطفال الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 4 وما فوق.

Due to inclement weather, WHIN we be closed on Monday, March 4th. Stay safe and warm!
Debido al clima inclemente, WHIN estamos cerrados el lunes, 4 de marzo. ¡ Manténgase seguro y caliente!
بسبب سوء الأحوال الجوية سنكون مغلقين يوم الاثنين 4 مارس البقاء أمنه ودافئه!

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It's concert week! We'll see you on Thursday, 2/28 at 3:00pm. // ¡ Es la semana del concierto! Nos vemos el jueves, 2/28 a las 3:00PM. // انه أسبوع الحفل! سنراك يوم الخميس 2/28 الساعة الثالثة مساءا #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood

Apply for the 2019-2020 school year now: http://whinmusic.org/whin-school-application/

Interested in learning more about WHIN? RSVP for an Open house at https://goo.gl/forms/NsXisqgGSV0y2N1L2

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WHIN School Application – Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School

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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