Welcome to the Music Room!
A Parent’s Guide to Music at
Sycolin Creek ElementaryStudents at Sycolin Creek have music for 30 minutes twice a week. During that time, they sing, play instruments, dance and much more! First and second grade students each have a musical program. All students participate in the Veterans Day Program and the Holiday Sing-a-long. Fourth and fifth grade students all play recorder and they are also eligible to join the Sycolin Creek Singers.Our Music TeamMrs. Cassada
Mrs. Cassada is excited start another great year at Sycolin Creek Elementary. She will be teaching grades K through 5. Mrs. Cassada earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Bassoon at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Music in Bassoon and Contrabassoon at Duquesne University. She has studied Music Education at Shenandoah University and has her Level I Certification in Orff and World Music Drumming. As a professional bassoonist and contrabassoonist, she has performed with the National Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Bassoonapalooza and many others. She is looking forward to a great year in the music classroom! She can be reached at school and by e-mail at Megan.Cassada@lcps.org.Mr. Blanks
Mr. Blanks is looking forward to another fun year at Sycolin Creek! Mr. Blanks received his Bachelor's degree in Music from VCU, and earned his Master's degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Blanks will be at Sycolin Creek on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He also serves as the assistant band director at Stone Bridge High School.Mrs. Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell is our new music teacher on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be working with grades 1-5. Mrs. Mitchell graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christopher Newport University (Go Captains!). This is Mrs. Mitchell's ninth year teaching general music and she absolutely loves singing, playing, composing, and creating with her students!The comprehensive Music Program at Sycolin Creek is based on the following six musical elements:
Dynamics, Tempo and Articulation
Vocal and Instrumental
Beat/Meter and Rhythm
Melody, Harmony and Tonality
Texture and Form/Structure
These elements are taught during music lessons through singing, playing, moving and improvising. Students learn to read and write musical notation. Listening, describing and analyzing are also important skills. All skills are taught in a planned, sequential order to maximize each child's success.BehaviorIn order to make music, our classroom expectations are based on respect.Our expectations are posted and will be reviewed as needed.
Try your best
Listen! Be attentive
Hands and Feet to yourself
Treat instruments with care
When you play, make music
Students may receive rewards for good behavior as a class or on an individual basis. Rewards include: verbal compliment, Sammy ticket, class favorite activity and Star Class of the Month.
Students who are not following the expectations may receive a verbal warning, time away from the activity, a note or phone-call home, or a chat with Mr. Racino, Mrs. Jones or Mrs. Bryan.
Students in fourth and fifth grade are eligible to join the chorus. Chorus will meet on Wednesdays, before and after school. The chorus will perform for Veterans Day and the Winter/Holiday Sing-a-long and have two evening performances. We will also perform at several school events. Click HERE for more information.
Student assessments will be based on a wide variety of objectives, which you may view on the music website by clicking on 9 weeks plans. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.Important Dates:
Mark Your Calendars!
First Day of Chorus!
Independence Football Game TBA
Sycolin Creek Singers Winter Concert
Second Grade Show
Possible Cluster Concert at Loudoun County HS
First Grade Show
May 1st and 2nd
All County Elementary Chorus
Sycolin Creek Singers Spring Concert