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Living is Good at the Creek!

Welcome to Music at
Hickory Creek Elementary School!
Hickory Creek Elementary School has been designated as an “arts-focused school” which means we have an emphasis on learning through the various arts – music, art, drama, dance/movement and many forms of technology. 

Studies have shown over the years a correlation between academic achievement and study/performing musically. We have been tracking academic achievement for students involved in our Band program over the last 5 years and have found these students are scoring significantly higher on the FCAT tests than students not involved in Band. Individual students are also making larger learning gains than their peers who are not involved in learning to play an instrument. We are attempting to use this knowledge to provide the general student population with opportunities to study and perform music in an effort to increase academic growth for all of our students.

At Hickory Creek it isn’t about numbers and data; it’s about names and faces of precious children who benefit from this increased exposure to the arts! It is this experience that we feel results in HCES being the number 1 school in St. Johns County and tops in the State of Florida!!

In addition to General Music classes, you will find the classroom teachers at Hickory Creek using many creative approaches in their teaching of concepts ranging from math to science to social studies and more! The resource teachers also integrate concepts generally found in the regular classrom within their programs as well. The success of our program is evidenced in the high level achievement our students attained on statewide standardized tests during the past 6 years of our school’s history! Hickory Creek has proven that “Living IS good at the Creek!”

In the midst of an arts-infused environment, the students of Hickory Creek demonstrate great musical talent and artistic ability!  

The purpose of this website is to provide you with  information regarding the musical education your child will be  receiving as a part of the learning experience at Hickory Creek Elementary School.

If you were not able to attend the Parent Informational Meeting for Chorus(3rd, 4th and 5th graders) and Band (4th and 5th graders) parents, on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria, please click on the following link to download the FINAL HCES PERFORMING GROUPS HANDBOOK 2017-2018. FINAL HCES PERFORMING GROUPS HANDBOOK 2017-2018 Parents may also email Mrs. Gauger at [email protected] or [email protected] to get the informational packet and registration forms. Please fill out the Registration forms and return to Mrs. Gauger ASAP so we know which students to expect for Band and/or Chorus.

Due to the recent hurricane, we are delaying the start of Band and Chorus rehearsals by one week!!

Band rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 25th from 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM. They will be meeting every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings unless otherwise noted.

Chorus Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, September 26th from 2:45 – 3:45 PM.

Please fill out the Music Dept REGISTRATION forms in the 2017-2018 Music Handbook.

Dance Ensemble auditions are Wednesday, September 20th from dismissal to 5:00 PM. Audition packets were sent home with all 4th-5th grade emails to parents. Students may also see Mrs. Gauger for hard copies, if needed! 🙂

Upcoming events:
October, 2017:
10/18– POLAR EXPRESS DRAMA AUDITION – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
10/21 – Chorus and/or Advanced Band perform at the FALL FESTIVAL at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek – Time: 1:45-2:15 pm (Arrive 15 minutes prior to event.)
10/25 – Variety Show auditions – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
November, 2017:
11/9 – Variety Show performances, AM and PM
Monday, 11/28: Polar Express tickets available
December, 2017:
Monday, 11/27-12/1: Drama Practice after school, 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Monday, 12/4-Wednesay, 12/6: Drama Practice after school, 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Thursday, 12/7 – (Required of all Band, Chorus, Dance Ensemble and Drama students) – 3:00-5:00 pm
Combined First Run Dress Rehearsal of THE POLAR EXPRESS (no costumes needed!)
Monday, 12/11: FINAL DRESS REHEARSAL FOR POLAR EXPRESS *Required! 3:00-5:30 pm
Wednesday, 12/13-Thursday, 12/14 – 9:00 am and 7:00 pm –
THE POLAR EXPRESS Performances – *Required!
Week of December 18th – Daytime Performance at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek – TBA – Followed by a Pizza Party Celebration for their hard work on The Polar Express performances!!