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

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Thank you to all our students, parents, staff, and friends for another great year! Take a look back and see what it means to be a WHINner!
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Currently accepting Kindergartners for next school year. Click below to apply now!!
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Whether it's art and music therapy or art and music as therapy, it calms traumatized teens

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Music and art are increasingly being used as tools for therapy for high school students who have faced trauma – from sexual abuse to homelessness.

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WHIN is thrilled to be performing at the Morris Jumel Neighborhood Association 6th Annual Summer Fest. Come out and spend the afternoon in the sunshine enjoying food, music, and community. We'll be ... See more

Join us on Saturday June 8th 2019 from 3pm -6pm on the lawn of the Morris Jumel Mansion for our annual neighborhood celebration SUMMER FEST! rain date: June 15th  

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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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