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,

My name is James Schlegel, and I am entering my 20th year as a public school educator and my seventh year as the music specialist at Hillcrest Elementary. It has been a great honor and privilege 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. Since Covid safety rules have been lifted, we will return to our normal schedule of rehearsing and performing musical programs this year! 

Wednesday, Nov. 9 -- 3rd Grade Veterans Day Program; 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 14 -- 2nd Grade Program; 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 1 -- 1st Grade Program; 6:30 p.m.  
Wednesday, Apr. 26 -- Kindergarten Program; 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 -- 4th Grade Program; 6:30 p.m.

In the classroom, students will play lots of instruments, participate in movement activities, and play musical games. They will learn about reading and writing music notation and will compose their own music. Students will also learn about composers and music history. They will also  have the opportunity to listen, evaluate, perform, create, and respond to world music in a variety of fun and exciting ways this year.

I am looking forward to meeting our new students and fostering continued rapport with those returning to HCE. 

So, here we go! Let's explore the musical 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
General Music