A Revolutionary Education through Music

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

Mission

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 .

Vision

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 preparing for rehearsal

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 student working on a class project

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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Big thanks to all the great staff and families at the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool and Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center for today's Kindergarten Fair.

Had a great time as always!

4 days ago
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Executive Director, Charlie Ortiz is featured in a recent article of The Ensemble sharing what makes WHIN such a unique and special school! Read the full article at the link ... See more

1 week ago

We had a great time at WHINter Wonderland Family Literacy Night! A big thanks to the 30+ families who joined us for a cozy evening in. #elsistema #WaHi #Inwood

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Thank you to all of the U.F.B.C.O Daycare Center families who took so much time to learn about our unique school and apply!

If you need to schedule a school tour please do so on our website ... See more

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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 https://www.ted.com/talks/jose_abreu_on_kids_transformed_by_music.

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