Welcome to the Music Department at Stone Hill Middle School. Last year the Virginia Music Educators Association recognized Stone Hill for its outstanding music program with the Blue Ribbon Award. This award is only given to middle and high schools whose Band, Chorus, and String programs participate in their respective District Assessment and receive a Superior Rating, the highest you can achieve. We are proud to be recognized for this honor for the second consecutive year during the 2013-2014 school year.
Music is required in grade 6 and the offerings include band, chorus, strings, and general music. Band, chorus, guitar, strings, and general music are offered in grade 7 as part of a fine arts elective. In grade 8, students may choose from electives that include instruction in band, chorus, guitar, and orchestral-stringed instruments. All middle schools are equipped with the Music in Education keyboard labs, a classroom set of classical guitars and a complete set of world music drums.Students have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities such as the All-County Elementary Chorus, Regional Orchestra, All-County Orchestra, All-County Guitar, All-County Chorus, All-District Jazz Band, All-District Band, All-District Chorus, District Band Festival, District Choral Festival, All-County Guitar Festival, District Jazz Festival, Solo and Ensemble Festival, State Marching Festival, All-Virginia Band and Orchestra, All-Virginia Chorus, Honors Choir, and Honors Jazz Band.
Software provided in the middle schools, each school has access to Smart Music, Finale Notepad, Sibelius, and Music Ace 2.