Monday, September 16, 2019

It was great to see everyone at the Scarsdale Music Festival! 
Many thanks to our fantastic student volunteers from SHS's National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society for their help! They led crafts for kids and helped answer parent questions about the district's music and art programs.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Join us at the Scarsdale Music Festival tomorrow, Sat 9/14 @ 12-6pm! It'll be a fun day of live music from local bands, craft-making with FMA, and activities for the entire family. Great food trucks, too!


Monday, July 15, 2019

FMA School Gifts: 2019 Update

Family memberships and donations allow Friends of Music & the Arts to support arts education in the Scarsdale schools. FMA makes gifts to each school in the district and provides awards and recognition for outstanding student achievements in music, art and drama; receptions at school concerts and events; an annual teacher appreciation luncheon for district arts faculty; promotion of student arts events; and representation of student needs at Board of Education meetings.

School/Department    Year                 Description                                         
SHS/Music & Drama     2019                Theatrical lighting for auditorium
                                      2018                Microphones
                                      2017                Concert conductor’s podium
                                      2016                Wenger violin/viola storage rack
                                      2015                Casio electronic keyboard plus accessories
                                      2014                Music clip for outside performances; Prop room storage organizers and shelving            
SHS/Art                         2019                Artwork display pedestals
                                      2018                Display boards
                                      2017                Movable display boards to exhibit student work
                                      2016                Helped fund purchase of dry mounting press for student artwork
                                      2015                Helped purchase showcase for student sculpture
                                      2014                Video monitor (with wall mount) to display student artwork

SMS/Music                    2019                Acoustic amp with Bluetooth for student performance groups
                                      2018                Timpani Tuning Gauges
                                      2017                iOgrapher filmmaking bundle
                                      2016                1 UE Mega Bluetooth speaker;  25-30 headphone splitters for use in music computer lab
                                      2015                PreSonus AudioBox (high quality recording device), to record student performances / rehearsals
                                      2014                1 viola outfit; 3 viola bows; various string instrument supplies

SMS/Art                         2019                Megaboom Bluetooth speaker and Apple Pencils for digital art explorations
                                      2018                Artograph LED Light pad Light boxes; Drying Rack
                                      2017                2 rubber tack bulletin boards and poster frame
                                      2016                Apple iPad for 7th grade art program
                                      2015                Apple iPad 16gb for image research in art classroom
                                      2014                Apple iPad 16gb for image research in art classroom

Edgewood                    2019                Hand bells for music classes and performances
                                      2018                Healthmate Air Cleaner for art room
                                      2017                High performance supra-aural studio headphones for the music department
                                      2016                Portable rack for cooling/drying/ transporting student artwork
                                      2015                10 “Makey Makey” Invention Kits
                                      2014                Heavy-duty paper cutter

Fox Meadow                2019                Remo key-tuned Tubano Drum and accessories for music classes and performances
                                      2018                Aluminum Frame White Board; Blick Artists Taboret
                                      2017                Drum for music classes and performances
                                      2016                Portable rack for cooling/drying/ transporting student artwork
                                      2015                10 “Makey Makey” Invention Kits
                                      2014                Digital camera and accessories for documenting student work

Greenacres                  2019                2 1/4 size Violin outfits; 2 Double bass rosins; 1 Viola shoulder rest
                                      2018                Screenflex Study Carrel 2 panel
                                      2017                Art: Light tracer, mod Podge Gloss Finish, Utility knife
                                                              Music: snare drum stands, foam rubber shoulder rests, stereo microphone, sand blocks
                                      2016                Art supplies; Practice pads, stands, accessories for orchestra and chorus 
                                      2015                Percussion instruments
                                      2014                Art workstation; Bell kit and sheet music               

Heathcote                   2019                Paper cutter for art room
                                      2018                Yamaha STATEPAS 600i Portable PA System
                                      2017                Variety of drums 
                                      2016                Portable rack for cooling/drying/ transporting student artwork
                                      2015                7 ukuleles and accessories
                                      2014                2 portable lightboxes

Quaker Ridge            2019                Air purifier for art room
                                      2018                Mounting Boards for art work
                                      2017                Slab roller for clay
                                      2016                4 cello bows and 2 alto glockenspiels
                                      2015                Percussion instruments; stringed instrument supplies 
                                      2014                Artists’ manikins;  Bowgrips; percussion instruments

Monday, May 27, 2019

Honor a Teacher

                   Honor your child's teacher!

If music, art or drama experiences were particularly meaningful to your child this year, perhaps you would like to recognize the teacher(s) responsible for those experiences by making a donation to Friends of Music & the Arts in that teacher's name.  Donations in any amount are welcome, and will be acknowledged to the honored teacher with a personal note from FMA.

Also a great way to honor a retiring teacher! This year’s Music and Arts faculty retirees are Dr. Craig ShermanDistrict Coordinator of Music & Performing Arts and SHS Department Chairperson, and Stephen Bogardus, Technical Director at SHS.

To make a donation, click on this link, or mail your check to:

Friends of Music and the Arts in the Scarsdale Schools
P.O. Box 171H
Scarsdale, NY  10583

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Encore Dress Program


Friends of Music & The Arts - Encore Dress Program for Band, Orchestra and Chorus Students

Have you outgrown your concert dress or no longer need it after your final senior concert? If so, please contribute it to Friends of Music & The Arts Encore Dress Program. In an effort to limit waste and help individuals who may not want to invest in another brand new dress for a season or two, we will be offering donated dresses to fellow Scarsdale musicians for $25. Bring your dress to the collection bins in the music tower office or orchestra room or drop off at 168 Nelson Rd. Any questions, contact Debra Asher at

The funds we raise are used towards refreshments at HS concerts, year end grant gifts to all 7 Scarsdale schools and other programs supporting the Arts. 


Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring Concerts 2019

We hope you can join us at school concerts this Spring!

Confirm concert times with your school, but calendar lists Middle School starting @ 7:00pm and Elementary @ 7:30pm

Middle School Spring Concert Schedule:

Monday 5/6: Grade 7 Band, Grade 7 C/P Chorus Concert
Wednesday 5/8 Grade 8 Band, Grade 7/8 Jazz Band Concert
Thursday 5/9: Grade 6 Band, Grade 6 C/P Chorus, Chamber Winds Concert
Thursday 5/13: Grade 7 Orchestra, Grade 7 B/F Chorus Concert
Monday 5/20: Grade 6 Orchestra, Grade 6 B/F Chorus Concert
Tuesday 5/21: Grade 8 B/F Chorus, Grade 8 C/P Chorus Concert
Wednesday 5/22: Grade 8 Orchestra, Sinfonietta strings Concert

Elementary School Spring Concert Schedule:

5/15: Edgewood Band/Orchestra Concert
5/16: Fox Meadow Chorus Concert
5/16: Greenacres Band/Orchestra Concert
5/23: Quaker Ridge 5th Grade Band /Orchestra/ Chorus Concert
5/30: Fox Meadow Band/Orchestra Concert
6/6: Heathcote Band/Orchestra/ Chorus Concert
6/10: Greenacres Chorus Concert
6/11: Quaker Ridge 4th Grade Band/ Orchestra /Chorus Concert
6/12: Edgewood Chorus Concert

Please support FMA! To learn more about Friends of Music & the Arts and to volunteer or buy your yearly membership, please click on "Join Us" tab or "FMA Membership Form" tab. Y

Looking for year end gift ideas? Acknowledge any teacher with "Honor a Teacher"
Thank you to Mr. Schmidt and the Orchestra for a wonderful concert on April 9th!!

Band Concert is Tuesday, April 30th @ 8pm.

Orchestra Concert is Tuesday, May 7th @ 8pm.

We hope you can come enjoy these HS concerts!!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Elementary School Winter Concert Schedule

We hope you can join us at school concerts this winter!

Elementary School Winter Concert Schedule:

Tuesday 1/15: GreenAcres Band & Orchestra Concert
Wednesday 1/16: Fox Meadow Chorus Concert
Thursday 1/17: Edgewood Band & Orchestra Concert
Tuesday 1/29: Quaker Ridge 5th Gr Orchestra & Band & Chorus Concert
Thursday 1/31: Heathcote Band & Orchestra Concert
Tuesday 2/5: Edgewood 4th/5th Gr Chorus Concert
Thursday 2/7: GreenAcres Chorus Concert
Tuesday 2/12: Quaker Ridge 4th Gr Orchestra & Band & Chorus Concert
Wednesday 2/13: Fox Meadow Band & Orchestra Concert
Tuesday 3/12: Heathcote Chorus Concert

Please support FMA! To learn more about Friends of Music & the Arts and to volunteer or buy your yearly membership, please click on "Join Us" tab or "FMA Membership Form" tab