• NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Wednesday, May 27tH 

    Arts 10566 is a school district community partner who has asked PKMS to continue to promote their virtual programming for our students.  They have a variety of art, music, dance, theatre, and spoken word programs available online. It is a wonderful resource students can use to stay positive and healthy at home. Mr. Lewis includes their programming in his weekly virtual newsletter and Mr. Harrison has included the information on our interactive student page. 
    The link for the website is... www.arts10566.org 


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  • NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Friday, May 1st

    I have posted new information and expectations for Quarter 4 online learning specific to orchestra on the "Homework" page (find the tab on the left side of the screen). I have also posted an outline of the assignments students need to submit on Google Classroom for Week 8 of distance learning (May 4-May 8). 

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  • NEW Online Learning Schedule for May

    New daily message/updated grades on Google Classrooms: 11am Monday-Friday 

    Grades posted on Infinite Campus: 12pm Tuesday/Thursday 

    *reminder emails go out for missing assignments or returning work 

    WEEK 1: New long-term musicianship projects posted: 9:30am Monday (assigned Monday, due the following Monday)

    WEEK 2: New short music theory assignments posted: 9:30am Tuesday/Thursday 

    *resources/attendance posts (require comments) on Wednesday/Friday at 12pm 

    Office Hours: 12:30-1:00 Mondays/Wednesdays

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  • NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday, April 27th

     If your instrument is broken/out of tune or you need a rental because yours is at school, Ardsley Music (where our instruments come from) can help. You can arrange a curbside repair or get a rental with free shipping. Read their full email here: 

    After speaking to many of our fantastic music teachers about their concerns regarding their students' instruments and on-line lessons, we wanted to advise you that although our office is officially closed per the New York State mandate, all parents have been notified that we are available 24/7 to provide curbside service for any repairs, maintenance, sanitization, exchanges or support they may need.

         A simple email to Curbside@ArdsleyMusic.com will procure a curbside appointment at our new location 120 Saw Mill River Road in Hastings. Additionally, we have offered free shipping and/or loaner instruments to those customers who are unable to come to us.  

         Should you have students in need of short term rentals, please forward them the link below.  You can also include it on your school resource page.


         Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or special needs and we will be happy to address them.  We are putting a PRICE FREEZE  on our rental rates for the upcoming season. Rental forms to follow.
       Ardsley Music is committed to doing all we can to support you as we move forward together to navigate this difficult time.

    Music is a universal language that heals and unites.
    Let's keep it alive!

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    ANNOUNCEMENT: Tuesday, April 14th

    I have posted new links and practice music under "Resources" on the left hand side of my teacher homepage! There is a link to SmartMusic, as well as PDFs of some sheet music. Students who have their instruments and wish to challenge themselves with some sight-reading (or practice familiar songs if they don't have their music folders) should take a look! 

    Please let me know if any links are not working or if you cannot see the music. 

    Also: if you find any fun music resources, videos, or anything orchestra-related that you think other students might be interested in, please share your ideas with me! I'd love to hear from you.



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  • Google Classroom

    The Google classroom code for 6th grade is: dvpiqz5. The link is: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Mzg4MjcyNDAyODZa 

    The Google classroom code for 7th grade is: tr354bq. The link is: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Mzg4MjcyNTE2MTFa 

    Students and families should check the classroom stream everyday for new announcements and assignments. I will be answer questions via email or Google classroom comments. 


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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 and 7th grade string orchestras. Additionally, the advanced Select Strings and Chamber Orchestra ensembles 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!   

Ms. Carolee Finney



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 soon-to-be graduate of 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 7 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.