Music

Students playing on xylophones

HCPS Mission for Performing Arts

The mission of the performing arts curriculum in Hanover County Schools is to equip students with the skills to communicate through music and drama, with the understanding that these art forms are an important universal language basic to our society and other cultures.

The Music Classroom

All Pole Green Gators have music class once a week for 45 minutes. Each grade focuses on discovering and experiencing music through speech, movement, instruments, song, and improvisation. It is our goal to arc the music program from kindergarten to fifth grade in a way that inspires musical creativity while equipping our students to confidently enter band, chorus, strings, and theater programs at Oak Knoll Middle School. During their time as a Gator, students learn music from around the world, play instruments like drums, ukuleles, and xylophones (to name just a few), and build life skills like curiosity and collaboration.

Chorus

We invite all fourth and fifth-grade students to participate in our chorus. Students perform throughout the year. Currently, we have postponed chorus and chorus events to determine the best way to provide this opportunity to students following health protocols.

Two students playing a xylophone

All-County Elementary Chorus

The All-County Elementary Chorus consists of ten select fifth-grade singers from each elementary school in Hanover County. They perform annually (in April) at Hanover County's Arts & Sciences Festival. These students must be members of their elementary school chorus in order to audition for this all-county chorus.

Recorders

At Pole Green, we teach our fourth grade students how to play the recorder. Through fun tunes like Nacho Mama and Mt. Everest, students practice reading the music while performing the notes on their instrument. Each year, we strive to help student’s play their best and grow as a musician. We follow a recorder karate curriculum where each student may test to attain the next level bead. Students strive to achieve the coveted "Black Bead" level.

School Assemblies

Students attend assemblies that include special performances by the Richmond Symphony, Theatre IV, and other special guests. Students from local schools (Oak Knoll Middle and Hanover High) also visit throughout the year to pique PGES students’ interest in music.

Variety Show

Our school variety show provides students an opportunity to showcase their talents. We’ll be sure students receive all the information they need during the school day for this great event. 

Student playing the piano

PTA Performances

We love to give our students an opportunity to showcase their talents by performing at PTA meetings. Every year, selected grade levels work towards staging a special musical performance.

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