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In art class we focus on building fine motor skills and self confidence. Through my teaching strategies, I encourage students to think outside of the box and be creative. There are no such things as mistakes, just opportunities for going in new directions.

Please encourage your child to come to class with an open mind and a pleasant attitude.

Finally, please send your child your child wearing old clothes. I have art shirts students may borrow, but I do not have space to store individual shirts for individual students. If you wish your child to have his/her own paint shirt, please have them store them in their classroom.

In the meantime, clear wall space for great art work from your child.

The Performing Arts Department in Chesterfield County Public Schools is committed to a comprehensive curriculum in all disciplines including music, dance and theater. The Performing Arts program serves as a vehicle to exalt the human spirit, enhance life and foster critical thinking skills. Because of the capability of music, dance and theater to transcend and yet to interrelate all aspects of the human experience, the performing arts possess qualities needed to educate the whole child. By participating in the performing arts, students cultivate skills that are quintessential to success in the 21st century.

At Matoaca Elementary each child receives Music Education with Mrs. Leah Kovack 45 minutes a week. Each grade level has different SOL’s for students to achieve so that they can become lifetime musicians and/or aficionados.

Kindergarten
The music program in kindergarten will introduce basic music concepts through singing, playing instruments, moving and listening. Students will gradually develop their singing voices, a repertoire of songs, a sense of steady beat and basic rhythm patterns. Movement and listening experiences will be included as a means of investigating, applying and demonstrating an understanding of music concepts.

First Grade
The music program in first grade will continue to develop basic music concepts through singing, playing instruments, moving and listening. Students will further develop their singing voice, repertoire of songs, and rhythm patterns. Students will begin to distinguish between melodic rhythm and steady beat. Movement and listening experiences will be included as a means of investigating, applying, and demonstrating an understanding of music concepts such as high/low, contrasting sections, dynamics, and tempo.

Second Grade
The music program in second grade will continue to develop basic music concepts through singing, playing instruments, movement, and listening. Students will increase their melodic range, understand rhythmic ostinati, like and unlike phrases, and begin understanding AB form. Students will begin reading verse to verse from a textbook with lyrics divided into syllables. Students will also be introduced to traditional notation.

Third Grade
The music program in the third grade will explore the four orchestra families and the music of world cultures. Students will sing with emphasis on good tone quality and will perform notation from a treble staff with beats in sets of two’s and three’s. Students will continue to use the seven letters of the alphabet and employ traditional notation and music symbols. Students will expand their knowledge of form and melody by studying ABA form and melodic contour. Students will respond to music by performing interpretive movement.

Fourth Grade
The music program in fourth grade will further the study of orchestral/ band instruments and the music of world cultures. Students will begin the study of various musical styles. The students will continue emphasis on good tone quality and perform simple harmony through complex rhythms and meters.

Students will read, notate, and perform music. Students will also explore chords, and major and minor tonality.

Fifth Grade
The music program in fifth grade will expand the study of instruments from various musical ensembles and cultures. Students will begin development of choral skills including singing of two or three part harmony. Students will continue to read, notate and perform music using complex rhythm and meter signatures. Students will explore and perform a variety of music styles. They will also identify and explain music form theme and variations. Through these experiences, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate and apply an understanding of music concepts.

The purpose of physical education is to help students acquire the knowledge, processes, skills, and confidence needed to engage in meaningful physical activity both in the present and for a lifetime. Each year the students are introduced to more challenging activities that lead into skills used in lifetime sports and fitness activities. As a result of physical education instruction, the student will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate competence in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
  • Apply movement principles and concepts to learning and developing motor skills and specialized movement forms.
  • Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of personal fitness.
  • Demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviors in physical activity settings.
  • Demonstrate a physically active lifestyle, including activity within and outside of the physical education setting.