Paul Effman has served Catholic schools for over 30 years. Through this program, once a week all 2nd through 5th graders learn to play the recorder. 3rd through 8th grade students have the option to join the school band to learn to play brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments in after school lessons. Students in 1st through 8th grade now also have the option of learning to play the violin.
Each year a number of Santa Maria School students are chosen to participate in the NYC wide honors band and participate in extra practices and performances with band students from across the city.