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Department Philosophy

In every culture, music plays an important role in the quality of life. Music education can be a means to instruct in both our culture and those foreign to us. It has many facets: mathematics, science, history, and foreign language. Each of these is enhanced through kinesthetic, visual, and auditory activities. Music Education can be a method by which students can personally enrich their lives through self-expression, problem solving and aesthetic development.

The goals of our music students are that students will be able to:

  1. Acquire knowledge of both his/her culture and of other cultures foreign to their own.

  2. Constructively evaluate musical works and performances.

  3. Understand the basic structure of music from a theoretical and historical perspective.

  4. Develop their musical ability through rehearsals, lessons, and performances.

  5. Express their feelings by interpreting music.

  6. Learn cooperation and respect by being a part of a performing ensemble. Each member is an important part of the whole, and success is dependent upon each member’s participation.

Music Department Faculty

Ryan Decker

Music Content Area Coord.
MS / HS Music / Choir
Director of Dramatics 

Middle School Phone:

High School Phone:

Stephanie Carbone

MS /HS Band / Instrumental Lessons

Middle School Phone: 315-839-6373

High School Phone: 315-839-6316

Henryk Lotyczewski

MS Band / Instrumental Lessons & Jazz Ensemble Director

Middle School Phone: