The Saint James' Music program is a fun, exciting and totally
interactive program headed by Allegro Community School of
the Arts Executive Director, Cyndi Romero. Mrs.
Romero has over 15 years of teaching experience in music.
She has designed the SJES music program around the National
Standards for Music Education.
Not only can you witness (and hear!) children
singing in music class, but you can also find them playing
instruments, dancing, listening to varied forms of music,
and learning to understand music in history and culture.
By the end of the school year, students will have studied
in depth three major works of music, will know how to read,
sing, and notate simple melodies and rhythms, will be able
to recognize the families and instruments of the orchestra,
will meet composers in varying styles of music, and will have
honed active listing skills each week. Elementary students
will also study the glockenspiel and the recorder during the
school year, and will work hard on a full school year project
of a musical lapbook as a resource for all of the year's content.
It is truly my honor to be the music instructor for Saint
James Episcopal School again this year! To let you know a
little more about myself, I am a wife and mom of three wonderful
and energetic children (Marcus, Ben, and Ella.) My husband
Marc and I began teaching a children's choir together when we were both teenagers, and dear friends. We continued
to teach that choir for years to come, and over the years
as we began dating, and eventually got married, that children's
choir (with completely different members than when we first
started directing it!) held a very special place in our hearts,
and even sang in our wedding!
Later in life I put myself through school by teaching piano
lessons from home, and obtained my degree in Music Education
from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. It was at Shenandoah
that I learned the enormous impact of the right kind of musical
influence in the first 7 years of life on the future musical
aptitude of a child. This solidified the calling I feel toward
honoring this precious time in a child's musical journey.
In 2004, Marc and I founded the Allegro Community School
of the Arts, a non-profit community arts organization, which
I have directed since 2004. We have experienced tremendous
growth since we opened, and recently we were able to welcome
a new Director to our team, allowing me to bring a much-needed
calm to my life and re-focus on my loves: my family and teaching
music. I continue to teach private piano and voice lessons
one day per week at Allegro, offer guidance, and serve on
the Board of Directors. I welcome each of you to come for
My goal is to allow every one of my students to see that
even adults can have a love and passion for music! We cover
very real content throughout the year.
I look forward to a great school year together!