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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.