Elementary
Middle School
High School

Music

Course Offerings


Elementary
All students K-5 will take Music Class

Middle School

Band, Choir and Orchestra courses will require students to participate in some afterschool practices and evening performances.

Band

Level of Band offered may vary based on number of students enrolled in program

Beginning Band
6th, 7th, and 8th gradesFull Year
This class is for students in grades six through eight with no previous experience in instrumental music. This course will cover the basics of how to play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument as well as basic music theory. Students are assigned to instruments based on a thorough screening process that is designed to ensure the most success for students. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Students who are unable to obtain the necessary instrument and equipment will be moved to another elective course. Students will perform in after school concerts and a solo festival. Some after-school rehearsals will be required. Additionally, students will be expected to practice a minimum of 3 hours at home each week.
Parents or Guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Concert Band
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students continue to develop their musical skills in an ensemble setting. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Student participation in after-school concerts and a solo festival will be determined by the class size and instrumentation. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Symphonic Band
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students prepare music in a large ensemble setting with several performances throughout the school year. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Band members will participate in several after-school concerts, UIL events, district solo festival and other music festivals and special events. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Honors Band
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of instrumental music experience. Students prepare music in a large ensemble setting with several performances throughout the school year. Some of the larger and more expensive instruments can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. Band members will participate in several after-school concerts, UIL events, district solo festival and other music festivals and special events. Attendance at performances and any extra rehearsals or sectionals is required. Students in this band are required to compete in the Region Band Auditions held in the fall.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Choir

All choirs perform a minimum of 3 required after-school concerts that take place at the middle school.

Beginning Choir
6th gradeFull Year
This class is for students in the sixth grade that love to sing and wants to learn more about their voice. Students will learn how to sing, basic music theory and developing music reading skills. This class provides many opportunities to sing with a group for concerts, contests, and occasionally, as an individual. Students will perform several types of music, from classical to today's popular music.

Intermediate Choir
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
This class is for students in grades seven and eight that love to sing and wants to learn more about their voice. Students will continue to learn sing skills, basic music theory and developing music reading skills. This class provides many opportunities to sing with a group for concerts, contests, and occasionally, as an individual. Students will perform several types of music, from classical to today's popular music.

Junior Varsity Choir
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Choir Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades seven and eight with at least one year of choral music experience. This class provides many opportunities to sing with a group for concerts, UIL events, contests and occasionally, as an individual. In addition to singing, this class also involves music theory and advancing music reading skills. Students will perform several types of music, from classical to today's popular music.

Varsity Choir
7th and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Choir Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for seventh and eighth grade students with at least one year of choral music experience. This class provides many opportunities to sing with a group for concerts, UIL events, contests and occasionally, as an individual. In addition to singing, this class also involves music theory and advancing music reading skills. Students will perform several types of music, from classical to today's popular music.

Orchestra
Beginning Orchestra
6th, 7th, and 8th gradesFull Year
This class is a student's wishing to learn a violin, viola, cello or bass string instrument. Students need no musical experience to participate in orchestra. Students will learn the fundamentals skills of playing their selected instrument, basic skills of reading music, music theory and participate in many concerts and contest during the year. After a year of beginning orchestra students will have the opportunity to audition for one of the upper level orchestras. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid. There are several reputable music stores in San Antonio that offer reasonable prices on the rental or purchase of a string instrument. Students will be required to participate in some after-school rehearsals and practice a minimum of 100 minutes per week at home. In addition, orchestra will require a certain degree of financial obligation.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Intermediate Orchestra
6th, 7th, and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Orchestra director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades six through eight with at least one year of orchestral music experience. Students will participate in many concerts and contest during the school year, and expand their instrumental skills to an advanced level. This class will require some after school rehearsals and sectionals. Students are required to practice 100 minutes per week at home. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Concert Orchestra
6th, 7th, and 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Orchestra Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades six through eight with at least one year of orchestral music experience. Students will participate in many concerts, UIL events and contest during the school year, and expand their instrumental skills to an advanced level. After school rehearsals and sectionals will be mandatory for this orchestra. Students are required to practice 150 minutes per week at home. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

Advanced Orchestra
6th, 7th, 8th gradesFull Year
Prerequisite: Orchestra Director's approval based on audition and previous experience.
This class is for students in grades six through eight with at least one year of orchestral music experience. Students will participate in many concerts, UIL events, district solo/ensemble contest and other special activities during the school year, and expand their instrumental skills to an advanced level. After school rehearsals and sectionals will be mandatory for this orchestra. Students are required to practice 200 minutes per week at home and demonstrate a commitment and positive attitude to perform at the high standards of this ensemble. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD instrument usage fee is paid.
Parents or guardians must be able to provide an instrument and necessary music supplies.

High School
Band
731-4 BAND I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience
Band members will be exposed to all facets of instrumental music and performance. Band members will also be selected to participate in the Marching Band, and earn a ½ credit in physical education. The Band participates in UIL, TMEA and Community events throughout the year.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience
Band members will be exposed to all facets of instrumental music and performance. Band members will also be selected to participate in the Marching Band, and earn ½ credits in physical education. This course is the same as Band but students are divided into homogenous groups and participate in all Band events and activities. The Band participates in UIL, TMEA and Community events throughout the year.

JAZZ BAND I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition and previous experience
Jazz Ensemble is open to current members of the band program. The exception is vocal, piano and bass. The jazz band performs intermediate to advanced level literature from various selected styles of music, such as jazz, rock and Latin. In addition to the techniques of rehearsal and performance, the students learn theory and history of the music performed. Students participate in a number of performances that include formal concerts, festivals/competitions and community events.

APPLIED MUSIC I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Must be a member of Band I, II, III, and IV or Instrumental Ensemble I, II, III, IV
Applied Music is open to any student currently enrolled in band or instrumental ensemble. Course will include strategies for a successful practice regimen. Students are expected to audition for individual competitions such as district band and solo and ensemble contest.

BEGINNING BAND I
Grades 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on Beginning students and parents meeting with band directors to determine the wind instrument for the student.
Students will be required to rent or purchase the instrument selected for them, including beginner books and supplies for that instrument.

729 COLORGUARD
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Band Director's approval based on audition
This is a performance-oriented class that combines the elements of dance, and equipment work. Students will perform as an auxiliary unit to the Marching Band program. In the fall semester, color guard will perform as a unit of the Marching Band. In the spring semester, students will perform as a member of the Winter Guard unit. There is a high degree of physical demand; students will earn a ½ credit in physical education and fine arts.

Choir
751-4 CHORAL MUSIC I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
BEGINNING WOMEN'S CHOIR – This women's chorus focuses on fundamentals for students with no previous high school choral training. No audition is required. This choir participates in concerts, UIL events and TMEA activities.
BEGINNING MEN'S CHOIR – This men's chorus focuses on fundamentals for students with no previous high school choral training. No audition is required. This choir participates in concerts, UIL events and TMEA activities.
WOMEN'S CHOIR – This women's chorus focuses on vocal development and musical training. No audition is required. This choir participates in concerts, UIL events and TMEA activities.
ADVANCED TREBLE CHOIR – This choir is a varsity level women's group. Membership is by audition only. The course focuses on vocal and musical training. Members of this choir participate in concerts, UIL events and TMEA activities.
ADVANCED MIXED CHOIR – The Advanced Mixed Choir is a varsity level choir and is the top-performing choir. Membership is by audition only. Advanced Choir members are exposed to all facets of vocal training and performance. Members participate in UIL and TMEA activities as well as performing several concerts each year. The Advanced Choir also takes spring tours to competitive music festivals both in and out of state.


755-758 VOCAL ENSEMBLES
GRADE 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Selection and placement by approval of director based on audition and past experience
All Students must be concurrently enrolled in another choir, and have above-average vocal and musical skills. Vocal Ensemble members serve as ambassadors to the school and community. They participate in numerous performances throughout the school year.

739-40 MUSIC THEORY I, II-AP
GRADE 10-121 Credit
This course is for advanced music students who are interested in the systematic study of the structure of music through analysis, ear training and composition. Students who wish to take Music Theory IIAP must either successfully complete Music Theory I or pass a qualifying exam. Music Theory IIAP students will take the AP test in May.

Orchestra
721 BEGINNING ORCHESTRA
GRADE 9-121 Credit
This is a beginning class and is open for all students' grades 9-12, no prior musical experience necessary. Students will learn to play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students should expect to practice at least 3 hours per week outside of class and will be expected to perform several times throughout the year. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD Instrument usage fee is paid.
Students will be expected to purchase necessary music books and supplies.

721-4 ORCHESTRA I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Orchestra director's approval based on an audition and prior orchestra or private lesson orchestra experience
Members in the orchestra will develop intermediate and advanced skills on the violin, viola, cello and bass. They will learn and play a wide variety of musical styles from traditional to very modern as well as a variety of cultural music. Members in the orchestra will participate in UIL events, TMEA activities, community performances and competitions throughout the school year in form of large ensembles, small ensembles and solos. There are a limited amount of instruments that can be issued from the school after the JISD Instrument usage fee is paid.

ORCHESTRA APPLIED MUSIC I, II, III, IV
Grade 9-121 Credit
Prerequisite: Must be a member of Orchestra I, II, III, or IV
Applied Music is open to any student currently enrolled in Orchestra. Course will include strategies for a successful practice regimen, applied music theory and an introduction to improvisation. Students are expected to audition for individual competitions such as district orchestra and solo and ensemble contest.