About the Music Pathway
"Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. Music enriches our lives everyday and has the power to communicate strong emotions and memories as well as calm and soothe. You could say music is a universal language!"
-excerpt from the 2020-21 FBISD High School Course Selection Guide
About SFAHS Band
The SFA Bulldog Band, Angels Dance Team, and Color Guard are some of Fort Bend ISD’s premier high school programs. We serve 170+ student performers participating in Marching Band, Concert Band, Full Orchestra, state/national competitions, and individual/ensemble events.
What is most important to us?
While our curriculum is focused on music performance, our priority is teaching the person first. When we have a group of great people, THEN we have a great band. We are driven by our values and seek to have a deeper understanding of WHY we do what we do. We look within ourselves to find opportunities for growth and to build relationships with others. This is why our program serves as a vehicle for student transformation, empowerment, and self-discovery.
Band I and II
Offered In: 9–10 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Description: This course is designed for the student who has developed some proficiency in performance skills. Tone production, technical facility, and musicianship are taught as each relates to performance. This band is involved in numerous performances and competitions throughout the year. Placement in this course is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the band program and level of study. Marching Band is required as a member of this class. Students will be concurrently enrolled in a .5 credit, 0-period, Pass/Fail, Marching Band PE Substitution course during the fall semester of their freshman and sophomore year, which will meet the graduation requirement for one credit of PE.
Band III and IV
Offered In: 11-12 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Description: This course is designed for advanced wind and percussion students. Advanced tonal development, instrumental techniques, and musicality are taught as each relates to performance. Emphasis is placed both on individual and ensemble performance skills. Students are involved extensively in competitions and performances throughout the year. Placement in band is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the band program and level of study. Marching Band is required as a member of this class.
Offered In: 9-12 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Description: The Color Guard is the visual unit of the band program. Students participate with the Marching Band in numerous performances in the fall semester and perform independently in Winter Guard competitions from November through April. The principles of dance and kinesthetic awareness are developed in tandem with the use of equipment, which includes flags, rifles, and sabers. Some proficiency in dance skills is preferred, although not required. Placement in this course is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the color guard program and level of study. Color Guard students are required to participate in all Marching Band activities, as well as all after-school rehearsals and performances. During the fall semester of their freshman and sophomore years, students will be concurrently enrolled in a .5 credit, 0-period, Pass/Fail, Marching Band PE Substitution course, which will meet the graduation requirement for one credit of PE.
AP Music Theory
Offered In: 11-12 • Prerequisites: Current or previous enrollment in a high school band, choir, or orchestra class or a passing score on the FBISD Music Literacy Exam
Description: The main objective of the AP Music Theory Course is for students to develop aural, sight-singing, written, composition, and analytical skills in music. This course covers material typically taught at the college freshman level with emphasis placed on basic pitch and rhythmic notation, scale structures, pitch intervals, chord structure and movement, part writing, ear training, harmonization, and music composition. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the College Board Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam.
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All course information is as described in the 2020-21 High School Catalog.