Welcome to the Music Room!
A Parent’s Guide to Music at
Sycolin Creek ElementaryThis year, students at Sycolin Creek have music for 45 minutes of synchronous learning and 45 of asynchronous learning every other week. 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 our Distance Learning Music Teacher. 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 tenth 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.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.
There will be no chorus at this time, we look forward to getting started later in the year. We can't wait to sing with you again soon!!
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.