Music and Fine Arts

Fine Arts Department Program Overview

The goal of the Longwood Central School District’s Fine Arts Department is to create well-rounded students by offering students opportunities in Visual and Media Art, General and Performing Music, and an extra-curricular Theatre content in grades four through twelve. 

We provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be productive citizens of the 21st century. Students develop self-esteem, self-discipline and cognitive, creative, emotional and social skills by actively participating in the arts.

Longwood’s Music program is one of the best, having been designated a “Best Community for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation, each year since 2008.

Our High School's Music program has be
en recognized for it's quality by the the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Indianapolis, IN-based Music for All, and the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force for our commitment to diversity and inclusion through the arts.

Due to our sequential and comprehensive music program, students in our bands, orchestras and choruses – and the ensembles themselves - have been recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education (NYSCAME) and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA). 

Students are afforded a sequential study of music beginning in kindergarten. They learn Recorder in the third grade and begin formal instrumental and choral training in the fourth grade. 

On the secondary level, our ensembles encompass several genres including concert, marching and jazz bands; mixed and select choruses; full, string and chamber orchestras; and drama and musical productions. Students in our music theory program learn in a state-of-the art composition lab. 

Longwood’s twenty-six (26) music educators and fifteen (15) art educators are certified by New York State and serve students in four elementary campuses, one middle school, one junior high school and one senior high school.

They specialize in either general/classroom, instrumental or vocal music, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, cartooning and advertising art.

Our visual and media arts students have been recognized as Scholar Artists by the Long Island Arts Alliance. On several occasions, our students have had their artwork on display in the United States Capitol as part of the Congressional Art Competition, and at other venues including The Longhouse Reserve and the Heckscher Museum.

More, their talents have been recognized by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the New York State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA), the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association (SCALA), and The Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA).

Our secondary-level Family & Consumer Science courses offer students the opportunity to bake, cook, sew, and take part in an early childhood program working with pre-school-aged children. 

Our eight (8) teachers of Family & Consumer Science instruct students in grades seven through twelve in Character Education, Time and Recourse Management, Decision-making, Communication, Nutrition and Child Care.

Our curriculum is centered around and adheres to the New York State Standards. Most members of our expert staff hold Master’s Degrees, while two hold the doctoral degree.

John J. Gallagher, Ed.D.
Director of Music & Fine Arts
[email protected] 

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