Performance Ensembles in Elementary Schools
The primary focus of the Fort Bend ISD Elementary Music program is teaching children the arts through music. Student performances are an appropriate outcome of this training. Grade level programs demonstrate classroom learning. In addition to grade level programs, elementary schools have a campus-wide choir and some have other musical ensembles for students in the upper grade levels. These groups usually meet weekly outside the regular school day and perform at various school and community functions, as well as business locations, throughout the school year. Check with your campus music teacher about opportunities at your school.
The Fort Bend ISD Elementary Honor Choir is a select music ensemble composed of auditioned 5th grade singers from across the district. They rehearse and present a performance early in the spring semester. Auditions for this group are by invitation of the campus music specialist and take place in early fall semester of each year. This year's Elementary Honor Choir Festival will take place on Saturday, January 29 at the Marshall High School Auditorium.
FBISD Kodály Institute
Elementary students in the Fort Bend Independent School District attend music classes taught by teachers who are music degreed and music certified. The primary method used in teaching music concepts and skills in FBISD is the Kodály Method. The Department of Fine Arts began the FBISD Kodály Institute in 2018 to meet the diverse needs of our students and provide a basis for all FBISD Elementary Music programs. The FBISD Kodály Institute provides the opportunity for our teachers to receive Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification.
The Kodály approach to music education includes a sequential organization of concepts and skills developed through hearing, singing, reading, writing and creating music. The basis of this approach is the writings of Hungarian composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály. This methodology contributes to the development of the whole child and focuses on music literacy, learning through a child’s own natural instrument—the voice, begins at an early age (preschool through primary grades) and uses the highest quality music which includes of folk music of the world. For further information, see The Kodály Method by Lois Choksy (Prentice Hall). Schools across the world use the Kodály method to train children in the arts through music.
Written by our own leading music specialists, the goal of the FBISD Elementary Music Curriculum is sequential musical learning, which develops an appreciation for the joy of music making as well an understanding of the culture and fine arts from a variety of locations and historical periods. The musical skills taught in the classroom create opportunities for performing, reading, writing and creating music.