In the fifth grade students have the opportunity to explore band, choir, orchestra and visual arts in classes that rotate through the various subjects throughout the year. At the end of their fifth grade year students will be given an opportunity to choose one of these Fine Arts subjects to study in depth in a full-year sixth grade course.
In sixth grade students begin learning the fundamentals of violin, viola, cella, and string bass. These classes focus on the development of correct musical and performance skills. The sixth grade classes combine on two or more occasions during the year to perform.
At the Junior High level, students are placed in ability based groups and perform several concerts each year. In addition the students enter solo/ensemble and TMEA Region orchestra events and compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert and sight-reading events.
The high school orchestras challenge the student with a rich variety of difficult literature and expose the students to a broader range of music with more demanding techniques. Participation at the high school level includes solo/ensemble, TMEA auditions, and U.I.L. concert and sight-reading competitions.
The high school orchestras are the most advanced string ensembles in the district and offer expanded performance opportunities. On occaison, string students will join with band members (woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists) to form a full orchestra for select performances.