Program Overview

  • District #34 Program Overview


    Listed below is a brief overview of the fine arts classes and programs available through our district.

    Pre-K: 

    General music: 20 minutes a week. Classes focus on moving, singing and playing as part of a music preparatory program.

    Kindergarten: 

    General music: 30 minutes twice a week.  Classes focus on music literacy preparation including experiencing and beginning to label fast/slow, high/slow, loud/soft, in addition to moving, singing and playing.

    1st Grade: 

    General Music: 30 minutes a week. Classes focus on early music literacy including the quarter note, eighth notes and quarter note rest, in addition to the solfedge notes sol, mi and la. Children will also review and reinforce previously learned musical concepts.

    General Music Enrichment: 30 minutes a week.  A.D.E.P.T. (Antioch Dulcimer Enrichment Playing Time) is designed for small groups of students to receive focused instruction on the basics of playing the Mountain Lap Dulcimer.  Students are selected by classroom staff on a rotating 6 week basis.  As a culmination to the 6 week unit, the students tour various classrooms and offices to share the music they have learned. 

    Strings Class: 30 minutes a week, additional time available through lessons. Students are introduced to the basics of how to play the violin and cello from simple music notation. In addition, students who wish to develop greater musical skills are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the Hillcrest Orchestra. Small group lessons are offered weekly for 30 minutes. Students who take small group lessons may continue to play their instruments as they leave Hillcrest for the other schools in District 34.

    Art Class: 30 minutes a week.  Art classes in first grade focus on the Elements of Art including line, shape, color, texture and space. We also learn vocabulary such as focal point, overlapping, self-portrait, portrait, patterns, primary and secondary colors, sculpture, landscape and more. The young artists focus on fine motor skills through the use of cutting, gluing, writing, painting, sculpting, drawing and tearing. We also cover a variety of artists and lessons are often interdisciplinary.    

    2nd Grade: 

    General Music: 30 minutes a week. Classes focus on music literacy. This includes reviewing previously learned material and the introduction of the half note, dotted half notes, half note rest and triplets. Children also expand upon their knowledge of form, musical terminology, listening, singing and playing instruments. Second grade also includes the introduction of absolute note names.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week. Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.

    Art Class: 30 minutes a week. Each art class begins with an introduction of drawing/painting, printmaking and 3-D designs. Many projects are interdisciplinary, in other words the projects are coordinated with the academic curriculum. Second is beginning to become more developed with a more in depth study of artist and color.

    3rd Grade: 

    General Music:  30 minutes biweekly. Classes continue to focus on music literacy. This includes reviewing previously learned material such as rhythmic notation, musical terminology, and absolute note names. Third grade also includes the identification of orchestral instruments and students begin their foray into the world of recorders with the notes B, A, and G.

    Extra-Curricular General Music: Varies each year on availability. Additional music enrichment groups are offered to students during lunch/recess and after school. Past groups have included Recorder Club, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble and Mallet Club. Please contact your teacher for more information on what is available this year.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.

    Art Class: 30 minutes a week. Each art class begins with an introduction of drawing/painting, printmaking and 3-D designs. Many projects are interdisciplinary, in other words the projects are coordinated with the academic curriculum. Third graders as they continue to paint but are now introduced to oil pastels and watercolors.

    4th Grade:

    General Music:  30 minutes biweekly. Classes continue to review previously material including rhythm notation, absolute note names, analytical listening, singing and playing various classroom instruments. Students also expand upon their knowledge of the recorder by learning more notes and refining their technique. Fourth grade also begins to focus on the relationship between music and media, music and world events and the music of various cultures.

    Extra-Curricular General Music: Varies each year on availability. Additional music enrichment groups are offered to students during lunch/recess and after school. Past groups have included Recorder Club, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble and Mallet Club. Please contact your teacher for more information on what is available this year.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.

    Art Class: 30 minutes a week. Each art class begins with an introduction of drawing/painting, printmaking and 3-D designs. Many projects are interdisciplinary, in other words the projects are coordinated with the academic curriculum. Fourth grade focuses on more drawing, painting with a focus on artist and how art has related to their lives.

    5th Grade: 

    General Music:  30 minutes biweekly. Classes continue to review previously material including rhythm notation, absolute note names, analytical listening, singing and playing various classroom instruments. Students also have the opportunity to learn basic guitar.

    Extra-Curricular General Music: Varies each year on availability. Additional music enrichment groups are offered to students during lunch/recess and after school. Past groups have included Recorder Club, Chorus, Percussion Ensemble and Mallet Club. Please contact your teacher for more information on what is available this year.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.

    Band:  Students receive band instruction on an elective basis. 

    Art Class: 30 minutes a week. Each art class begins with an introduction of drawing/painting, printmaking and 3-D designs. Many projects are interdisciplinary, in other words the projects are coordinated with the academic curriculum. Fifth grade focuses on more drawing, painting with a focus on artist and how art has related to their lives.

    6th Grade:

    Choir: 40 minutes per day. A non-auditioned choir, students work on singer's posture, tone production, sight-reading, music theory, and part independence. Choirs perform in three major concerts.

    Band:  Students receive band instruction on an elective basis.

    Drama:  40 minutes per day, 9 week exploratory. This class is performance based. Students work on pantomimes, readings and scenes to present to class, and learn basic stage and improvisation skills.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.   

    Graphic Arts: 45 minutes per day.  Graphic Arts class incorporates the art elements for projects that fit students’ current interests.  Using the programs Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, students get the opportunity to draw on the computer as well as manipulate photographs and digital pictures using the latest technology.  

    Art:  Students receive art instruction on an elective basis. 

    7th Grade:

    Choir: 40 minutes per day. A non-auditioned choir, students continue to work on tone, sight-reading, music theory and part independence.   Choirs perform in three major concerts.

    Honors Choir: 40 minutes per day. This auditioned group works on performance and dance skills as well as continuing to develop vocal and musical skills. Students have 4-5 major performances and are encouraged to participate in Broadway Showcase and Solo/Ensemble Contest.

    Band:   Students receive band instruction on an elective basis.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.

    Graphic Arts: 45 minutes per day.  Graphic Arts class incorporates the art elements for projects that fit students’ current interests.  Using the programs Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, students get the opportunity to draw on the computer as well as manipulate photographs and digital pictures using the latest technology.  

    Art:  Students receive art instruction on an elective basis.

    8th Grade:

    Choir: 40 minutes per day.  A non-auditioned choir, students work on basic music and vocal skills, looking toward preparing them for high school.   Choirs will have three or more major performances and may be invited to sing for the grade schools "on tour".

    Honors Choir: 40 minutes per day. This auditioned group is expected to work at a high level vocally and musically demonstrating continued growth as a musician and vocalist as they prepare to be leaders in high school choral programs.   They will have several major performances per year, are strongly encouraged to participate in Solo/Ensemble Contest and Broadway Showcase, and will usually tour the grade schools twice per year.

    Band:  Students receive band instruction on an elective basis.

    Strings Lessons: 30 minutes a week.  Students are offered the opportunity for small group instruction on violin, viola, and cello, as well as the chance to perform as part of the school’s Orchestra.  

    Graphic Arts: 45 minutes per day.  Graphic Arts class incorporates the art elements for projects that fit students’ current interests.  Using the programs Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, students get the opportunity to draw on the computer as well as manipulate photographs and digital pictures using the latest technology.  

    Art:  Students receive art instruction on an elective basis.