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The Music program is conducted by a team of professionally trained specialists in  vocal and instrumental music.   All children throughout the district are provided with opportunities to participate.

On the middle and high school levels, vocal and instrumental music programs include general music and the performance ensembles.  The Instrumental program includes the MS/HS concert bands as well as a jazz band.  Auditions are required for all these groups or with the permission of the instructor.  Weekly lessons are scheduled and are requisite for the ensembles.  For more on the requirement of these ensembles, please go to the expectations tab on this website.



New York State Standards

Standard 1 – Creating, Performing, and Participating in Music
          Students will compose original music and perform music written by others.  They will understand and use the basic elements of music in their performances and compositions.  Students will engage in individual and group musical and music-related tasks, and will describe the various roles and means of creating, performing, recording, and producing music.
Standard 2 – Knowing and Using Music Materials and Resources
          Students will use traditional instruments, electronic instruments, and a variety of nontraditional sound sources to create and perform music.  They will use various resources to expand their knowledge of listening experiences, performance opportunities, and/or information about music.  Students will identify opportunities to contribute to their communities’ music institutions, including those embedded in other institutions (church choirs, industrial music ensembles, etc.).  Students will know the vocations and avocations available to them in music.
Standard 3 – Responding to and Analyzing Works of Music
          Students will demonstrate the capacity to listen to and comment on music.  They will relate their critical assertions about music to its aesthetic, structural, acoustic, and psychological qualities.  Students will use concepts based on the structure of music’s content and context to relate music to other broad areas of knowledge.  They will use concepts from other disciplines to enhance their understanding of music.
Standard 4 – Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of Music
          Students will develop a performing and listening repertoire of music of various genres, styles, and cultures that represent the peoples of the world and their manifestations in the United States.  Students will recognize the cultural features of a variety of musical compositions and performances and understand the functions of music within the culture.

See the website below for more detailed information:
NYS Standards: The Arts

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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