In sixth grade, the student has the opportunity to sample a variety of musical instruments and concentrate on one for a semester. In this class, many students discover their talents in
music and begin a life-long love of playing an instrument. The group performs in a concert at semester's end with other performing music ensembles.
Middle School Band
This ensemble is comprised of seventh and eighth grade students who excel in band and want to continue their musical development. They have the opportunity to participate in performances
during the semester. The outstanding members of this group also perform in the DC Pep Band at varsity football games during the fall semester. Students in this group, if interested, have
the opportunity to play with the Dynamic DC Drum Line.
Prior experience is helpful. Auditions are held each spring for the upcoming school year. Private instrumental instruction is strongly encouraged. In the fall, a portion of the semester
will be spent playing in the DC Pep Band at the varsity football games on Friday nights. In addition to the games, the band performs at pep rallies, parades and other venues. The fall
semester concludes with a performance at the Christmas Concert. In the spring, Jazz Band students have the opportunity to continue their instrumental development at the most advanced
levels by participating in the TAPPS Solo and Ensemble contests as well as performing in Jazz Festivals in Texas and a performance at Walt Disney World.
Middle School Choir performs at the Fall Choral Program, Grandparents’ Day, the Christmas Choral Program, Christmas Performance at Northpark Center and the Spring
Choral Concert. Students participate in Talent Days multiple times each semester. These are days set aside to feature and develop individual and ensemble performance
skills. Music, drama, dance, and acting are all part of this day.
High School Music Band
Prior experience is helpful. Auditions are held each spring for the upcoming school year. Private instrumental lessons are encouraged. In the fall, the band will
serve as a spirit group for and supporter of the DC varsity football team. It will provide members with the opportunity to develop their instrumental abilities through
performance at football games. In addition the band will perform at pep rallies, parades, and other appropriate venues, such as the annual Winter Concert. In the Spring,
the Jazz Band will allow students the opportunity to continue their instrumental development at the most advanced levels. Performances will be given periodically throughout
the year, such as the annual Spring Concert, the Sandy Lake Festival, and at TPSMEA and invitational events.
A Cappella Choir
Previous vocal experience is helpful. Auditions will beheld in the spring for the upcoming school year. This vocal group provides an opportunity for students to develop an appreciation
of music while growing in their developing vocal skills. Many styles of music are studied and sung. This group performs several times a year and participates in the TAPPS Vocal contests in
the solo and ensemble categories.
Prior piano study is not required. Students will learn the fundamentals of piano playing. They will gain a working knowledge of basic music theory, proper piano technique, music reading
skills, playing by ear. Expressive, musical interpretation of the music is emphasized. There is a recording project near the end of the spring semester.
This course is an introductory course in music technology, using GarageBand on the iPad and desktop applications. Students create several digital music projects throughout the year.
No musical background is required, but it is helpful.