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Karen Gilbert, Music Teacher

 Karen Gilbert is the music teacher at Pole Green Elementary School. She provides our students with exceptional activities and opportunities to grow in the area of music.

Vision Statement

               During our years at Pole Green Elementary, we will have opportunities to perform for an audience. We will be prepared to participate in a variety of lessons involving movement, listening, playing, and singing. We will be respectful of others and their materials/equipment. We will gain a life-long appreciation for music and the arts.

Mission Statement

  • We will be invited to participate at a PTA meeting, school assembly, or other school/community events.

  • We will learn to sing and play a variety of songs while practicing our language and music reading skills. We will play games and learn dances from other cultures.

  • We will listen to music from varying time periods and compare it to our own. We will discover the differences and similarities among people, including ourselves, through the music we hear.

  • We will work with our classmates and be respectful of them and the supplies we use.

  • We will use music in our play, in our home, and in our work.

The Music Classroom

All Pole Green Gators meet for music once a week for 45 minutes.  With Kindergarten, First and Second Graders, we focus on singing, playing percussion instruments, and moving creatively.   Experiencing and appreciating a variety of music styles is a large part of our lessons, as well as identifying instruments in the orchestra. 
               Students in third, fourth, and fifth grade will begin identifying the staff, locating music symbols, and learning how to use them.  Lessons include music from specific time periods and from specific instrument families.

Fourth and Fifth Grade students are invited to participate in Chorus.  Rehearsals are after school on Tuesday until 3:30pm.  Performances are scheduled throughout the year.
All County Elementary Chorus
All County Elementary Chorus consists of ten select fifth grade singers from each elementary school in Hanover County. They perform annually at Hanover County's Arts & Sciences Festival in April. These students must be members of the chorus in order to audition.
Students in fourth and fifth grade are taught how to play the recorder. Through familiar tunes and their knowledge of the staff, students learn how to play a minimum of five notes. Students are motivated to learn through receiving a bead for each required song they learn. Students strive to achieve the ultimate "Black Bead" level.
School Assemblies
Students attend assemblies that include special performances from the Richmond Symphony,Theatre IV, and other special guests. The local schools (Oak Knoll Middle and Hanover High) visit throughout the year to peak student interests in music.
Variety Show
The annual talent show is open for auditions to third, fourth, and fifth graders. Judges look for a variety of acts including, but not limited to, juggling, dancing, singing, instrument playing, baton twirling, poetry reading, tae-kwon-do, gymnastics, and joke telling. Students can also audition to emcee the show. Fifth grade students are invited to work backstage.
PTA Performances
Students are also given an opportunity to showcase their talent by performing at PTA meetings. Each year selected grade levels work towards staging a special musical.



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