• Ms. Hamilton
    Amanda Hamilton
    Vocal Music
    Professional 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.

    Supplies needed for music classes


    Remote/Hybrid Learning


    All General Music Classes:  Chromebook, Small dry erase board, dry erase markers and eraser- Can also use markers and regular paper 

    *8th Grade Music Classes*  Acoustic guitar- if you do not have one (or one you could borrow) you can rent one from a music store or contact Mrs. Hamilton. 



    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 Music  
     The 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 will learn about the history of the guitar as well as famous musicicans and innovators 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.

    5th Grade- General Music


    The fifth grade students focus on learning about the piano, it's history, and famous musicians.  They review basic music theory topics such as note reading and rhythms, the keys of the piano, and sharpening their musical skills. 




    For the 2020-2021 school year, we will have a vocal music lab for students interested in singing and learning more about their voices.  It will be by grade level and will be more of a group lesson.  Students must have a wish to sing alone, want to sing solo repertiore, be comfortable with singing on camera, and be comfortable making videos of their performances. 

    Contact your counselor and Mrs. Hamilton to add this to your schedule.