Music is truly an international language. At Dwight, music plays an important role in education.

The Preschool & Kindergarten music program combines singing, basic note reading, and an introduction to keyboard, orchestral, and percussion instruments, with music games, listening, and other hands-on activities. The Middle School choral program integrates an interdisciplinary, multicultural curriculum with the study of fundamental vocal technique, music history, and music theory.

Students in grades 6-12 receive a comprehensive education in the history and theory of Western classical music, an opportunity to explore the many changes in musical composition, and performance in each era. The middle and high school core curriculum is oriented toward helping students learn how to listen to and understand music.

The Dwight Conservatory offers private instrumental instruction in both a variety of instruments and vocal instruction taught by some of New York’s finest teachers and professional musicians.

Dwight School’s goal for music education is to establish a strong foundation that allows students to carry music through the rest of their lives, either as dedicated performers or as enthusiastic audience members.

Music Ensembles

Dwight School offers a variety of music ensembles to students to satisfy all styles of musical interests:

Dwight Voices
This is a non-audition choir for all students in grades 6-12 and involves music of many styles

A singing and percussion ensemble for students in Timothy House

For any students in grades 6-12 wishing to make a pop/rock band


A large, non-audition ensemble that invites all instrumentalists in grades 6-12 to be involved

A wonderful singing ensemble for students in Timothy House

Chamber Music
This ensemble requires an audition and is for our most advanced instrumentalists


Jazz Band
This is specifically for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in jazz, taught by a jazz specialist

Rock Band
This is specifically for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in rock and improvisation, taught by a rock musician with a key interest in improvisation and music of different styles

Drum Ensemble
A percussionist’s dream … this ensemble for students in grades 6 through 12 invites percussionists to fuse together, taught by a drum enthusiast

Bravo! Ensemble
For students in grades 4 through 7, this ensemble brings students together to perform music of all different styles and to enjoy working together; taught by a wonderful chamber musician with a great history already established at Dwight

World Music
An exciting ensemble for any students in grades 6 through 12 particularly interested in the music of different cultures from all over the world; taught by a world music specialist and awesome guitarist


  • Annual Carnegie Hall Performance
  • Upper and Middle School Choruses; Honors Choir
  • Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Bands
  • The Dwight Conservatory after-school lessons
  • Winter and Spring Music Recitals
  • Performance opportunities at special School functions throughout the year
  • Field trips to New York City cultural institutions
  • Assemblies with presentations of different orchestral families done by well-known orchestral musicians
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