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    We have several string instrument performance groups at PKMS. Featured at our winter, spring, and MIOSM (Music in Our Schools Month) concerts are the 6th,7th, and 8th grade string orchestras. Additionally, the advanced Chamber Orchestra regularly perform at community and school events. Our student musicians are highly accomplished performers who continuously demonstrate their drive and enthusiasm for achievement in both the arts and other disciplines. Many of our students are in multiple ensembles both during and after school, and also perform in the PKMS Winter Musical. The music programs here at PKMS are thriving, and we invite you to join us at our upcoming performances to share in our love of music!   



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Carolee Finney

My name is Carolee Finney, and I am the orchestra director at Peekskill Middle School. I am a graduate of Adelphi University and have a Masters of Music Education from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. 
I perform on violin and viola with the New Westchester Symphony Orchestra in White Plains and have taught strings for over 8 years. I have strong connections to my community, and love to find new ways of connecting with colleagues and families to strengthen our music programs. I've always been inspired by the great educator and violinist Suzuki's commitment to teaching all students regardless of background or skill level, and my goal in Peekskill is to enrich the lives of our students through experiencing high quality, beautiful music literature. 
“In making music “one’s own,” it clarifies notions of self and other and opens up opportunities to surmount or accept the boundaries between human beings. Such a broad view of music enables teachers and their students to come to understand the many similar and different ways in which people around the world express themselves musically…”

- Jorgensen, E. (2000). Becoming a multiple intelligence school.