Music Education at Woodward



Mr. Derrick Lacasse - Director of Music Education

Mr. Lacasse holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the State University of New York, Potsdam, and is currently completing his Master of Arts in Music Therapy, at Lesley University.
He began his music teaching career at Saint Dominic Academy, in Lewiston, Maine, where he was responsible for the school's music curriculum, and conducted band and chorus. He has served as Music Director for many community youth theatre productions. Mr. Lacasse is an experienced vocal coach and piano teacher. Under his directorship, the Potsdam Pointercounts were Semi-Finalists at the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. 

Music education is a fundamental aspect of Woodward’s curriculum. The Music Department provides music instruction and performance opportunities that enhance the lives of our students and our greater community, and seeks to engage students in learning the universal language of music, and in listening, collaborating and creating music, for a lifetime enriched by music. 

Woodward’s music program includes choral, voice, and instrumental instruction for all grade levels. All Middle School students study and perform in the Middle School Chorus, and Upper School students may join the Upper School Chorus and small group ensembles.  All students have opportunity for instrument instruction, through private and group lessons. In the classroom students may study music history, listening, and theory.

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
— Plato