Sidney Lanier School Music Program

Dr. Donald R. DeVito, Music Director
2011 Clarissa Hug Award Recipient
(National CEC Teacher of the Year)


 Sidney Lanier is a public school in Gainesville, Florida for students with moderate to profound disabilities. The Sidney Lanier Music Program is global in scope and is linked with universities and music programs internationally through research, cooperative music making, and professional music education organizations. 

Click on the links in the navigation bar on the right to preview different programs and services of our music program.


Washington  DC
Click on the Washington DC link under the main menu on the right. Sidney Lanier students
Lyndon White II and Lina Cloutier performed with special education teachers during CAN week in DC. We then spoke with members of Congress about supporting special education. Our goal is to have our full ensemble perform in Washington DC next April, 2012.

Lyndon and Lina outside the Capitol and Lina with Senator Rubio

Carnegie Hall
Our DIScovering ABILITIES Performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall was a success. Thank you to the ISME members, Sidney Lanier teachers, staff, parents and Gainesville community for all of your support in making this possible! For details on this project, click on the link under the main menu on the right.

Community Music Project: Group Laiengee
Highlighted in the UN's Music as a Natural Resource. For more information on our project in Guinea, West Africa select this title under the main menu.  


Click on the National Council for Exceptional Children website for details of this award.

Lyndon was featured on our school system webpage:


One student is picked in 9 categories nationally to win the "Yes I Can! Award" for overcoming challenges associated with their disability. Lyndon White won the Arts category and will represent our school at the International CEC Conference in Seattle, Washington. CEC is the national professional organization for special education teachers. Lyndon is the lead drum set player in the Sidney Lanier School Drumline. He is the middle student in the center row above.

Sidney Lanier Students in National Music Competition:

Click the link below to read an article about our performance at Festival Disney, a national music competition for public school music ensembles. 

Lanier Students Making History at Disney World