Welcome to Instrumental Music

  • Overview

    The Instrumental Music Department is designed to provide opportunities for each secondary student to develop their creative musical talents in a number of ways.  Study areas include band, orchestra and mariachi.  Additional secondary offerings include music AP Theory, basic theory/history, jazz band, improvization, percussion ensemble, marching band, full orchestra, chamber orchestra, guitar, applied music master classes, and specialized instrumental ensemble classes.

    Vision: To provide opportunities for each student to develop his/her musical talents, self-expression, creativity and self-discipline; to have opportunities for performance in quality ensembles; and to witness live, professional fine arts performances; to develop a life-long love of music.

    Why Music?

    Countless studies reveal that music education will improve a child's self esteem, executive function, social ability, literacy, numeracy, concentration, brain function, fine motor skills, creative thinking, working memory, and study habits.  Good jobs in the future will require people that are creative and are problem solvers. The serious study of music has been proven to be a powerful tool to develop those skills. 

    "I would teach students music, physics, and philosophy; but most imprtantly music, for in the patters of music and in all the arts are the keys of learning."  Plato

    "All evidence shows that if you have a broad curriculum, one that is infused with a more sophisticated conception of intelligence, kids are more motivated, more driven, have higher esteem, and perform better academically."  Sir Ken Robinson, Arts and Minds: Coversation About the Arts in Education, Education Commission of the States

    "The keys to the kingdom are changing hands. We must educate students for their future and not our past, a future that belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind - creative and "emphatic -'right brain' thinkers."  Dan Pink, author of the NewYork Times and BusinessWeek bestseller, A Whole New Mind - Why Right-Bainers Will Rule the Future

    "Research made between music and intelligence concluded that music training is a far greater tool than computer instruction in improving children's abstract reasoning skills." Shaw, Rauscher, Levine, Wright Dennis and Newcomb, "Music training causes long-term enhancement in children's spatial-tempral reasoning."  Neurological Research, Vol 19, February 1997.

    "One in three of today's school-aged dhildren will hold an arts-related job at some time in their career." - Education Commission on the States

    The College Board, in a publication about college admissions, states, "Preparation in the arts will be valuable to college entrants whatever their intended field of study."  Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need To Know and Be Able To Do, The College Board

    Music Helps to Ensure Life-long Success

    Emotional - Music provides a creative outlet and break from the routine and rigor of the traditional school day.  Students in music are among the highest academic performers and report less stress and tension than their non-musical counterparts.

    Social - Participating in musical groups promotes self confidence, team work, social skills. social networking, a sense of belongoing, self-discipline, a sense of accomplishment, cooperation, responsibility, commitment, mutual support and friendships.

    Academic - Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas including language development, spatial-temporal skills, pattern recognition, critical thinking, creativite thinking and so much more.

    Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alchohol, tobacco, drug abuse).

    Personal - Through music, students become better people, as they develop self-discipline, confidence, commitment, responsibility, good decision making, and personal pride. They are able to do this with the support of peers in a safe and risk-free environment.

    Recent News

    In 2018, Fort Worth ISD opened a Visual and Performance High School, the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA with an incoming class of 9th grade students.  The academy is located at 1411 I.M. Terrell Circle 76102.

    In 2018-19 all Instrumental Music classes meet each day.  Daily student engagement is helping with accelerated musical growth, student engagement and and greater school pyramid and program retention. 

    Adjudicated district ensemble assessments for all performing ensembles are conducted each year for all performance levels - they include beginner class assessments and Pre-UIL middle school and high schools for marching band, concert and sightreading.  Additional district and UIL solo amd ensemble festivals occur throughtout the Spring semester.

    Assessments and News of Excellence in Performance

    UIL ensemble participation and success is an expectation for all of our schools and programs.  Enrollment in the secondary intrumental music department has increased over the past several years.  Performance improvement is measured with over 90% of the performing UIL ensembles meeting or exceeding UIL assessment standards of Division I and II.

    Student participation in the District, UIL and TMEA individual performance audition activities is an expectation from our District. 

    All classroom teachers are provided with a very successful and veteran Specialist that is assigned to each specific music program at each campus. The Specialist regularly interacts and collaborates with the teachers and students on each campus.  This an essential and signal honor given to our teachers and students by our FWISD district leadership. It has led to much great recent success.

    FWISD music areas have adopted a unified music counting system - the Eastman Counting System.

    In 2018-19, FWISD initiated our All-District honor orchestra auditions to include both MS and HS students. The audition culminated in a clinic/concert held on November 9 and 10, 2018 at the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA.  One hundred and forty outstanding students performed with the tqo honor orchestras. 

    The Paschal Jazz Band was invited and performed at the Jazz Educator's Network national convention in Reno, Nevada in January 2019.

    FWISD hosted the latest TMEA Region V MS and HS All-Region Orchestra Clinic and Concert at the I.M. Terrell  Academy for STEM and VPA on January15-26, 2019.  Middle and high school students from Ft. Worth were able to interact with four outstanding conductor/clinicians from Texas, Idaho and Florida.  Several Ft. Worth students earned first chair positions.

    Four FWISD instrumental music students advanced through competitive TMEA auditions and performined as All-State musicians at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio in February 13-16, 2019. 

    Four FWISD mariachi ensembles advanced to the State UIL Mariachi Festival to held at the University of Texas at the Rio Grande Valley on February 22-23, 2019.  The schools advancing are North Side High School, Carter-Riverside HS, Polytechnic HS and Paschal HS.  the ensemble performed well with outstanding soloists being named from our attendees.  North Side Mariachi Espuelas de Plata earned a Division I award at the state event with straight Division I's from all judges.  Com ngratluations to all attendees.  Seventy-One mariachi groups from throughout Texas participated. This UIL State event is considered very difficult by UIL standards as few groups received Division I ratings.



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