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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

NVHS Music Department


The 2013 National GRAMMY® Signature School



 Young people should have an education that gives them the opportunity for a wide variety of learning experiences. Music provides a unique avenue to the imaginative and affective aspects of life and their contribution to our cultural heritage. Young people play, sing, move, compose, and listen to music through participation in the music program.


Music is one of the most effective ways to hone 21st Century skills (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking). Brain research reveals that making music engages almost 90% of brain capacity. There is no comparable activity that a child can engage in that activates nearly the entire cerebral cortex. Rehearsing and performing music gives students the competitive edge.


National Core Arts Standards for Music Education











Awards & Recognitions

2013 and 2005 NATIONAL GRAMMY SIGNATURE SCHOOL:  Since our school's opening in 1997, we have received 7 GRAMMY Gold awards for excellence in music education, and grants totalling over $60,000.

2011 GRAMMY GOLD SIGNATURE SCHOOL: Awarded by the Grammy Foundation for Exceptional Achievement in Music Education

2009-2010 KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS:  National School of Distinction Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts Educatiion

2010 SUDLER FLAG OF HONOR RECIPIENT:  An International Award Recognizing High School Concert Bands of Musical Excellence, Administered by the John Philip Sousa Administration


Parents Associations

Band Parents Association 
Nancy Wolford~ nancyewolford@yahoo.com
Orchestra Parents Association
Kristi Rieke~ kabj.rieke@comcast.net
Choir Parents Association - Here
Janet Juarez~j.juarez@me.com
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