Welcome to the Music Room!
A Parent’s Guide to Music at
Sycolin Creek ElementaryThis year, students at Sycolin Creek have music twice a week for 30 minutes. During that time, they sing, play instruments, dance and much more! All students will have the opportunity to participate in a Veterans Day presentation and the Holiday Sing-a-long. Fourth and fifth grade students will play recorder. For more information, read on or click the Schoology link within your Phoenix account.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 by e-mail at Megan.Cassada@lcps.org.Mrs. Mitchell
Mrs. Mitchell is currently on leave. She is at home taking care of her new baby and will be back in October. When she gets back, she will be working with grades K-5. Mrs. Mitchell graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christopher Newport University (Go Captains!). This is Mrs. Mitchell's eleventh year teaching general music and she absolutely loves singing, playing, composing, and creating with her students! She can be reached by e-mail at Jessica.C.Mitchell@lcps.org.Dr. Rechel
Dr. Rechel is our long-term music sub until Mrs. Mitchell returns in October. She will be teaching students in grades K-5 and looks forward to making music with everyone at SCES! This is her twenty-sixth year in music education. Dr. Rechel earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk and the Kodaly Method. She is currently working on her board certification in Music Therapy (MT-BC). In addition to playing the clarinet and piano, she is learning how to play the guitar. She can be reached by e-mail at Lynn.Rechel@lcps.org.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 or Mrs. Jones.
Chorus and Sycolin's Got Beat!
Chorus will begin formally in February. Students in fourth and fifth grade are eligible to join the Sycolin Creek Singers. Chorus will meet on Wednesdays, before and after school. More information will be available on the music website soon!
Sycolin's Got Beat! is an instrument ensemble. Students will get to play drums, xylophones and a variety of other instruments. They will perform music from many cultures and create their own music. Sycolin's Got Beat will start in October.
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.