• Fort Worth Independent School District’s $1.4 million Department of Education Étude Grant (named Étude after a musical composition written solely to improve technique) is designed to provide meaningful and sustained professional development to music educators.  The Étude Grant project is anticipated to improve FWISD music educators’ instructional techniques with over 45,178 hours of professional development offered during the total project plan. The chief project goal is to develop, enhance, and expand standards-based arts education programs in eligible campuses within the District containing economically disadvantaged populations in excess of 50%, and to integrate standards-based arts instruction with other core academic area contents through professional development activities that can be replicated across the District and the nation.

    Via the Étude Grant FWISD teachers have access to certification training from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML), Kodály, Orff-Schulwerk, and El Sistema. A crucial element of FWISD’s Étude Grant includes ten schools (nine elementary schools and one middle school) which were targeted to pilot a Student Learning Objective (SLO) approach in which teachers create SLOs at the beginning of the year and work to meet their goals throughout the year to provide a measurement for student achievement and/or teacher effectiveness. Additionally, two new evaluation initiatives are being piloted (those indicated as successful by the Measures of Effective Teaching, or MET Project, and SLOs) that have the potential to be used District-wide in all subjects, particularly those untested by state and federal standards.

    Likewise, Étude Grant funds were utilized to leverage existing and coming technology into music classrooms such as the securing harmony directors for instrumental music settings. The harmony director is a comprehensive teaching tool that brings harmony training, rhythm training, and sense of timing together in one device. This technology enables music educators to clearly demonstrate pure temperaments and for students to learn how to tune individual notes within chords, so that entire chords may be tuned. 

    Similarly, the Étude Grant provided SightReadingFactory accounts for music educators. SightReadingFactory makes practicing the important skill of sight reading easy, effective and fun! The cloud-based service allows educators to customize and generate unlimited sight reading examples instantly and on-demand for students of all ages and abilities. SightReadingFactory accounts for the educator and students are linked so educators may track usage, monitor progress, and give assignments for assessments.


  • Étude Grant Summer 2018 Professional Learning Announcement: FWISD Music Educators 

    The Étude Grant will provide funds for the following training during summer 2018. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible by email.

    Orff Schulwerk, Levels I, II, And III    

    June 18 – 29
    8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays
    Cost: $800 (Paid by Étude Grant)  FWISD stipend available - $400
    SMU Housing: $850 for single; $650 for double (No meals are included.)
    Instructors: Dena Byers, Michael Chandler, Paul Cribari, Andrew Ellingsen, Amy Fenton, Paul Hallsted, Richard Layton, Beth Melin Nelson, Jacqueline Schrader, and Meg Tietz, Faculty

    Kodály Certification Training, Levels I, II, III
    Kodály Choral Track, Levels I, II, and III

    Presented in conjunction with the Plano ISD Kodály Certification Program
    July 5, 6, and Saturday, July 7, 8:00am to 5:00pm
    July 9 – 20, 8:00am to 5:00 pm weekdays 
    Cost: $900 (Paid by Étude Grant)  FWISD stipend available - $500
    SMU Housing: $1,450 for single; $950 for double (includes breakfast each morning. Single rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.)
    Instructors: Gay deMontel, László Durányik, Lenke Igo, Brenda Keen, Kathy Kuddes, Anne Mileski, Kristin Moore, and Melissa Young

    GIML Music Learning Theory, Levels I, II, and Advanced Level

    Presented in conjunction with Gordon Institute of Music Learning staff. GIML training is relevant for all secondary Instrumental directors (Band, Orchestra, and Mariachi).
    June 11-15, 2018, 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays
    Cost: $375 (Paid by Étude Grant)  FWISD stipend available - $300
    Instructors: Dr. Diane M. Lange and Michael E. Martin
    Location: Paschal HS  

    The Étude Grant will provide funds for the above listed training during summer 2018. Please indicate your interest as soon as possible by email.