Hamilton Elementary Music Program
Hamilton’s music teacher is:
Mr. Ford is at Hamilton on Mondays, Tuesdays (mornings), Wednesdays, and Thursdays (mornings). He teaches all of the K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Mr. Ford also teaches music at Kenneth Culbert Elementary in Hamilton, VA.
Music instruction is in keeping with the Virginia Standards of Learning and the National Standards of Music which call for:
Hamilton Elementary students receive two 30-minute periods of music instruction every week at Hamilton.
LCPS Art, Music, and Physical Education Report Card Guidelines
4 = Exceeds Standard:
In addition to meeting the standard, the student makes application beyond grade level expectations.
3 = Meets Standard:
Student consistently meets and demonstrates mastery of current grade level expectations.
2 = Progressing Towards Standard:
With assistance, student demonstrates partial mastery of current grade level expectations.
1 = Below Standard:
With assistance, student struggles to demonstrate partial mastery of current grade level expectations.
Students develop music skills through their study of these concepts:
Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Form, and Timbre
Students will use a variety of instruments, both unpitched percussion, such as rhythm sticks and jingle bells, and pitched percussion, such as xylophones and metallophones, in addition to learning basic movement skills to music, such as walking, skipping, and galloping. Fourth and fifth graders receive instruction in soprano recorder. All Students will use the "Game Plan" music curriculum by Jeff Kriske and Randy Delelles, along with the “Share the Music” series published by MacMillan and “Making Music” by Silver Burdette. Lessons are instructed and "unfold through different stages of learning: Imitation (teacher-modeled response, performed simultaneously or as an echo), Exploration (the opportunity to alter a musical experience through experimentation), Improvisation (creation of a musical response or idea with or without the element of time), and Visualization (the use of graphic or traditional notation leading to music literacy)," (Delelles, Randy and Kriske, Jeff. "Game Plan; An Active Music Curriculum for Children." 2009. page vii).
What Is Expected Of Hamilton Music Students?
2. Follow Directions
3. Participate Appropriately
2. Time Out
3. Think Sheet
4. Visit to the office