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Vivian Griese
Curriculum Leader
Vivian Griese
Curriculum Leader

Kelly Dee
Teacher Specialist for Music 

Allison Schaff
Administrative Assistant

The Hampton City Schools Fine Arts Department will instill in all students an appreciation of a variety of artistic endeavors and perpetuate lifelong cultural involvement.


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two girls in music class playing an instrument


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Creativity and 21st Century Skills: The arts provide students with opportunities to develop and sharpen their critical thinking skills.  Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparing and contrasting, classifying, making analogies, deductive reasoning, planning, making hypotheses, and using critiquing skills.

In order for our students to be successful after graduation, they will need these skills to be competitive in the business world of the 21st Century.

Our programming provides opportunities for students to learn and exercise these important skills through basic, intermediate, and advanced level courses in both the visual and performing art classes.  We also offer music theory and music production, computer graphics, and three levels of computer animation.


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HCS Named A "Best Community For Music Education" in the United States for the Third Year in a Row
Hampton City Schools has, for the third year in a row, been recognized as a "Best Community for Music Education" in the United States. The NAMM Foundation, the National Association for Music Merchants, has recognized Hampton City Schools for its outstanding commitment to music education. This designation was awarded to a combined 376 school districts and over 2,000 applicants from across the country. 

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Hampton City Schools employs 45 highly qualified visual arts educators, including one Nationally Board Certified Teacher.

Students have the opportunity to exhibit their artwork throughout the school year in a variety of venues. Culmination of the year’s work are showcased in the annual Youth Art Month show at City Hall, the High School Art Show, and the Hampton Women’s Club Art Show.

Community partnerships include the Mayor’s office, Sister Cities, Coliseum Business District, Hampton Roads Convention Center, Langley Research Center, Air and Space Museum, Hampton University, and The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center.

The school division offers regularly scheduled elementary and middle school art offerings.

High school art courses include Art Foundations: 2D Design; Art Foundations: 3D Design; Advanced Drawing, Advanced Painting, Art Foundations: Cultural Art Forms, Sculpture, Computer Graphic Design; Computer Art Animation I, II, and III, Art Appreciation, Modern Art History, AP Art History, Portfolio Prep, and AP Studio Art.

ART Learning Essentials

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Hampton City Schools employs 44 highly qualified music educators. Seven music educators are National Board Certified Teachers.

School system activities include the 4th Grade Virginia Symphony Orchestra Performance; 5th Grade Elementary Honors Chorus, Orff Ensemble and Recorder Ensemble; All-City Steel Drum Ensemble; All-City Jazz Band; Middle School Honor Band and Chorus, Winter Concert Series, Music In Our Schools Month Concert, Jazz Appreciation Concert, Spring Concert Series, Warrior Classic Marching Band
Competition, and Hampton Roads Show Choir Invitational. Our students participate in VCDA, VBODA, VMEA, and NAfME events.

The school division offers regularly scheduled elementary school general music offerings. Middle schools offer regularly scheduled chorus and band classes.

High School courses include Chorus, Show Choir, Band, Jazz Band, Guitar, Music Theory, AP Music Theory, and Music Production-Pro Tools. Marching band is offered as a co-curricular opportunity to those students who are enrolled in a band class.

Community partnerships include The American Theater, Langley Air Force Heritage of America Band, and the YMCA. In addition, the department partners with Young Audiences of Virginia, Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Virginia Arts Festival.

MUSIC Learning Essentials


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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies.

Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

  • To download this free program, visit the Adobe website.
  • To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please link to the Access Adobe website, which provides useful tools and resources.

Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

  • A description of the accessibility concern or question;
  • The webpage address of the requested material;
  • The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;
  • The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.