Music is a
fundamental part of the curriculum in Hanover County and at
Henry Clay Elementary School.
In grades K-2,
students learn to match pitch with their singing voice, keep
a steady beat, and recognize the instruments of the
orchestra by sight and sound. They learn to read rhythms
with combinations of eighth, quarter, half, whole notes,
rests, and the concepts of high-low/fast-slow. Students
also learn to distinguish the differences among the voices
of women, men and children.
Students learn to sing with and without accompaniment, and
to accompany singing with various percussion and melodic
(Orff) instruments. Students also learn patriotic songs,
folk songs from the U.S. and foreign countries, and they
learn to differentiate among musical genres such as opera,
jazz, classical and rock music.
The music curriculum is singing based. It is the goal that
every student will participate to the best of their ability
in all activities in the music classroom, whether it be
singing, playing games, playing instruments, dancing or
listening to music.