Welcome to the Hillcrest Music Program!
There are 2 music teachers at Hillcrest:Mrs. Lester: Band/General Music emailMr. Cuzzi: Orchestra/Chorus/General Music emailBoth music teachers will use Remind.com this year as an option to communicate with instrumental music parents. This is a resource that allows the teacher to text messages to the parents, as well as the parents texting messages and questions to the teacher. Please look for information on how to sign up for your teacher's remind account.HILLCREST 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, trombone, baritone, and percussion. Each participant receives a small group lesson once a week, and is expected to attend a large ensemble rehearsal once a 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.
All of the students at Hillcrest will receive music class 1 time a week for the entire school year. General music students are introduced to many styles of music and dancing. The students perform on classroom instruments such as percussion and melodic 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. There will be Google Classrooms for all general music classes. Please check back for class codes.
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. 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. They will perform in 2-3 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.