Phone: 360-279-5234


Degrees and Certifications:

A.A., Music; Casper College, 1994 B.G.S.; Gonzaga University, 2002 M.A., Learning and Technology; Western Governors University, 2005

James Schlegel

Dear Students and Families,

The theme of our music curriculum for the 2020-2021 school year is “There is a World of Music in Each of Us!" This is quite fitting in this time of global and national uncertainty due to the pandemic--a time in which I have been slated to teach not only music but social studies and technology skills to accommodate an instructional environment unlike any I have experienced in my 18 years as a professional educatior.

I have been teaching music at Hillcrest Elementary (HCE) for the past four years and had taught in the regular elementary classroom for Oak Harbor Public Schools in the prior 10 years. It has been a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to connect with the students and families here at HCE. One of the great joys of teaching music has been the production and presentation of musical programs which feature the group and individual performing talents of our amazing student body.

Sadly, and at least for the immediate future, musical performances must be set aside to ensure the safety of our community. However, I am excited to have been offered this assignment to interject music into the social studies curriculum--providing a fun and engaging experience for students. This year's transdiscipinary approach will involve naturally occurring, overlapping spaces between the two disciplines where students are free to produce new ideas. 

Yes, music will look very different this year. But I am looking forward to both meeting our new students and fostering continued rapport with those returning to HCE. 

So, here we go! Let's explore the world around us and develop greater cultural understanding through attentive listening (identifying the elements of music), enactive performance (dance, play-along), and creating our own music (improvising and composing)! 

James Schlegel
HCE Music Specialist


Technology Skills
Social Studies