Amanda HamiltonMusicProfessional Bio:
Mrs. Amanda Hamilton is the vocal music director for grades 5-8 in the Verona School district. At H.B.W., she teaches the general music cycles for grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. She also directs H.B. Voices (general chorus) and Acoustics (select chorus). The wonderful experiences she had in high school band and chorus convinced Mrs. Hamilton to become a music teacher. She graduated from William Paterson College with a B.M. (bachelor of music) with a specialization in vocal performance and has earned credits towards her masters degree in music education. As a teacher of different age groups, she has learned to be flexible and understanding of the aptitudes of a large group.
For general music classes and HB Voices and Acoustics, students will need a folder, pencil, and any handouts for each class.General music students may wish to bring in headphones for use on the computers (especially for keyboards in 5th and 7th grades).
8th grade -General Music
The eighth grade students review music theory topics that include: notes of the treble and bass clef, note values,and rest values. The students practice music using guitars and some percussion instruments. They perform in guitar ensembles using single notes and learn a few chords to accompany their own singing. The students also study the major time periods of music history and compose and arrange their own pieces using music software.
7th Grade - General MusicThe seventh grade students focus on playing the keyboard in different positions and keys and play some percussion instruments. They learn notes of the treble and bass clef, how to read rhythms, explore different time periods of music history, and will compose and arrange their own keyboard piece using music software.
6th grade- General Music
The sixth grade students focus on learning the basics of the guitar. They review basic music information, such as notes of the treble clef and note and rest values. Students study the parts of the guitar, tuning, how to read a chord chart, and how to locate single notes on the guitar in first position. The students learn to play songs with single note melodies and move on to strumming chords while singing.
5th Grade- General Music
The fifth grade students focus on playing the keyboard. They review basic music theory topics such as note reading and rhythms. They perform pieces on the keyboard and may learn to compose a song and make an arrangement using computer software.
HB Voices is the general chorus class at HBW. All students in grades 5-8 with and interest in singing are welcome to join at the beginning of the school year. Class meets on every Tuesday morning during Period 0 and will have a rotating group lesson that will meet on a scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. They learn a variety of music in two or three parts. HB Voices performs in the winter and spring concerts as well as at the spring competition and trip to Great Adventure.
Our first class is September 6, 2016, but students may still join us on September 13, 2016:)
Acoustics is the select chorus class at HBW. It is by audition only and is open to grades 6-8. The auditions are held in June of the previous school year. Class meets on every Thursday morning during Period 0 and will have a rotating group lesson that will meet on a scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. They learn more advanced music in three or four parts in a variety of styles and languages. Acoustics performs in the winter and spring concerts as well as at the spring competition and trip to Great Adventure.
The first class is September 8th:)
For HB Voices and Acoustics