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 Our Choir ProgramOur Vision of Music EducationThe purpose of a holistic music education is to explore potential. This is achieved by encouraging our Learners to investigate and incorporate their beliefs and values, engage their entire selves, and create a culture of collaboration. This gives our Learners the opportunity to explore their musical imagination, to practice predicting challenges, and to foster creativity.
At Austin High School, we understand that music education must be fluid and [r]evolutionary as we accommodate the Learners’ understandings and curiosities, feeding what they crave and allowing them to construct meaning as they bridge the gap between what they know and what they have yet to understand. In a supportive environment of musical immersion and collaboration, Learners and Teachers restructure their own knowledge and compare it to our existing preconceptions and, together, build a new understanding of what we, as a community, value.
In short, a holistic music education is empowering. Learners are not a part of the machine, but are, instead, the creators and innovators of their shared vision. Music education, then, is an avenue for authentic expression. It is often difficult. It will get messy as Learners get their hands dirty, digging in and taking ownership. But just as a stone is not polished without rubbing, so it is in music.Program Goals:
At Austin High School we aim:
- To present Learners with an opportunity to more meaningfully experience music through rehearsal and performance of choral and solo repertoire.
- To help Learners develop self-direction in music, to exercise imagination, and to sharpen critical judgment (Abrahams & Head, 2011).
- To connect the world in the classroom to the Learners’ own emotions and personal experiences.
- To cultivate Learner-relations through the democratic process, teamwork, and camaraderie.
- To aid Learners in their discovery of self-identity and empowerment through the artistic process.
Choral Music I and II
Offered in: 9–10 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Description: Choral Music is a general title for several levels of choir. Fundamentals of music and voice production are taught for the purpose of performance and competition. This class is open to all students who are interested in vocal music. Sight-reading skills will be developed. Performances occur periodically throughout the year. Placement in the course is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the choir program and level of study.
Choral Music III and IV
Offered in: 11–12 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Description: Choral Music is a general title for several levels of choir. These choirs vary according to size, musical development of the students, and difficulty of the literature performed. Sight-reading skills will be refined. Choral Music involves numerous performances and competitions throughout the year. Placement in the course is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the choir program and level of study.
Vocal Ensemble I – IV
Offered in: 9–12 • Prerequisites: By audition only
Vocal ensembles are select, musical groups. Ensemble performance of the highest level is expected. Sight-reading skills will continue to be developed and refined. Students will be involved in numerous performances/ competitions. Enrollment is by audition only. Students are required to purchase some materials and the cost may vary depending on the choir program and level of study.
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All course information is as described in the 2020-21 High School Catalog.