Welcome to the Hillcrest Music Program!
Please use our navigation menu to find the class that you are interested in learning more about.There are 2 music teachers at Hillcrest:Mrs. Lester: Band/General MusicMs. Kramer: Orchestra/Chorus/General MusicHILLCREST BAND
All students at Hillcrest are given the opportunity to participate in band. The band begins in 4th grade and continues into 5th grade. There is a beginning band and a concert band. Both bands include approximately 60 students. Instruments that are offered include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Each participant receives a small group lesson once a week, and is expected to attend a large ensemble rehearsal once every other week. The students perform in 2-3 concerts each year, as well as smaller venue performances. If a student shows that they are excelling at their instrument, they are given the opportunity to perform a solo for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival in the spring. As second year players, there may be students who show they are ready to audition for All-County in November.GENERAL MUSIC
All of the students at Hillcrest receive music class once a week. General music students are introduced to many styles of music and dancing. The students perform on classroom instruments such as: percussion and melody instruments. They continue to learn music theory and apply it to reading and composing, building on their knowledge from previous grade levels. Their learning is taught using a mixed approach of Dalcroze Eurythmics, Kodally, and the Orff approach to learning. The focus of the general music program at Hillcrest is to instill a love for music and appreciate all it can offer to a person’s life. The 4th Grade students attend a live performance of "The Nutcracker" in December, and the 5th Grade students attend a live performance of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra in NYC in February.
The students at Hillcrest are also given the opportunity to join the chorus. There is a combined 4th grade and 5th grade chorus. Every participant is expected to attend a large group rehearsal once a week. All of the members of the chorus are expected to perform in 3 concerts every year. The group also performs in the community for events at various locations.ORCHESTRAThe orchestra program begins at Oakside Elementary School in 3rd grade. As 4th and 5th grade students, they are expected to attend a small group lesson once a week, as well as, large ensemble rehearsals, when they are scheduled. They will perform in 2 or 3 concerts during the school year. If a student shows that they are excelling at their instrument, they are given the opportunity to perform a solo for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo Festival in the spring. As second and third year players, there may be students who show they are ready to audition for All-County in November.Please use our pages to answer any questions you might have regarding the music program at Hillcrest.