• Individual Major Requirements

      

    The information listed below represents an overview of the expectations for each major area of study within the Music Conservatory. Students and parents are expected to understand these requirements, as well as any other directives given by their major area instructors.

     

    -          Music Electives: Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, R&B Ensemble, Latin American Music Ensemble, MIDI Ensemble, Pop Ensemble, Composition, Music Synthesis, Functional Piano, Mariachi, Jazz singers, Music Business , Meistersingers, Opera Workshop

     

     

    Choral and Vocal Studies

    William George-Twyman, wigeorge@dallasisd.edu

    Audra Scott, audscott@dallasisd.org

     

    Scope and Sequence for Vocal Students


    9th Grade

    Choir I (Large Ensemble)

    Vocal Technique I (Fundamentals of vocal production, English and Italian diction)

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory* 

     

    10th Grade

    Choir II (Large Ensemble)

    Vocal Technique II (Advanced fundamentals of vocal production)

    Pre- AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    Choir III (Large Ensemble)

    AP Music Theory*

    Music Elective

     

    12th Grade

    Choir IV (Large Ensemble)

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

    Students in choir are required to audition for All-District/All-Region Choir (TMEA Process) and are also required to participate in all UIL and Pre-UIL contests each year. Private lessons are required for our committed vocal students. In order to provide service to as many students as possible, we have established the following guidelines:

    • Be prepared for lessons by bringing all required materials to your lesson.
    • Practice all assigned vocal exercises and music.
    • Be teachable (open-minded and willing to learn).
    • Contact private teacher 24 hours in advance, when possible, if a student must be absent from a lesson for any reason. This includes absences involving school-related activities.
    • Participate in required recitals, auditions, and solo competitions.
    • Voice lesson scholarships are available to qualified choir students who meet the requirements set forth by the Magnet Advisory Board. Students needing this service should see Mr. George-Twyman.
    • Once a student has received a vocal scholarship, a failing grade in school will put the student’s scholarship in jeopardy. 

     

    Classical Piano Studies

    Leonard Hayes, leohayes@dallasisd.org

     

    The program is designed to prepare the student for a career as a performer, both as a soloist and a collaborative artist (accompanist and chamber musician), and to prepare the student for college entrance requirements. The curriculum emphasizes study and performance of standard piano literature encompassing the four major periods viz., Baroque (1600-1750), Classical (1750-1820), Romantic (1820-1900), and Contemporary (1900-present).

     

    Scope and Sequence for Classical Piano Students

     

    9th Grade

    Piano I

    Jazz Piano

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory* 

     

    10th Grade

    Piano II

    Music Elective

    Pre- AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    Piano III

    AP Music Theory*

    Music Elective

     

    12th Grade

    Piano IV

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

    Guitar Studies

    Steve Schrag, sschrag@dallasisd.org

     

    The Guitar Program develops comprehensive musicianship through reading, transcribing, composing and performing guitar literature encompassing styles from Renaissance Lute compositions to contemporary Blues and Root Music derivatives. All guitar students participate in Texas UIL among other regional and national festivals and competitions. Focus is on preparing students for Classical Guitar and Jazz/Root Music programs at the university level including solo performance, ensemble skills, and repertoire in a variety of styles.

     

    Scope and Sequence for Guitar Students

     

    9th Grade

    Guitar Ensemble I

    Guitar Technique I

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory* 

     

    10th Grade

    Guitar Ensemble II

    Guitar Technique II

    Pre- AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    Guitar Ensemble III

    Guitar Styles & Technique III or Elective Ensemble

    AP Music Theory*

     

    12th Grade

    Guitar Ensemble IV

    Guitar Styles & Technique IV or Elective Ensemble

    Music Elective

     

    Root, Jazz, and American Music Studies (RJAM)

    Fredrick Sanders, fredsanders@dallasisd.org

     

    Students who play instruments outside of standard classical, large-ensemble configurations (drum set, electric bass) will have the option to matriculate into the Root, Jazz, and American Music (RJAM) track. Students who play classical instruments will have the opportunity to audition into the RJAM track after their first year in the Music Conservatory.

     

    Scope and Sequence for RJAM Students

     

    9th Grade

    Classical performance/technique course I

    RJAM performance/technique course I

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory*

     

    10th Grade

    Classical performance/technique course II

    RJAM performance/technique course II

    Pre-AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    AP Music Theory*

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

    12th Grade

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

     

    Orchestral Studies

    Michael Jacko, mjacko@dallasisd.org

     

    Orchestra Syllabus

     

    BTW string players will rehearse and perform level-appropriate string orchestra, symphony orchestra, chamber, and solo repertoire with the eventual goal of becoming confident and self-sufficient players at the professional or post-secondary level. Orchestra students will participate in all school-level ensemble programming (Sinfonia and Camerata orchestras) and compete in TMEA/DMEA and UIL competitions at the city, regional, and state levels.

     

    Scope and Sequence for Orchestra Students

     

    9th Grade

    Sinfonia or Camerata Orchestra

    String Techniques (Chamber Ensemble I)

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory*

     

    10th Grade

    Sinfonia or Camerata String Orchestra

    String Techniques (Chamber Ensemble II)

    Pre-AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    Sinfonia or Camerata String Orchestra

    AP Music Theory*

    Music Elective

     

    12th Grade

    Sinfonia or Camerata String Orchestra

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

    Wind and Percussion Studies

    Larry Schnitzer, lschnitzer@dallasisd.org

     

    The Wind Ensemble develops the highest level of musicianship through reading and performing challenging wind band literature while actively participating in TMEA and UIL events.  Focus is both on the individual player and group success.

     

    Scope and Sequence for Wind/Percussion Students

     

    9th Grade

    Wind Ensemble (Varsity Winds and Percussion)

     

    Technique Class (Intermediate Winds and Percussion I)

     

    Comprehensive Musicianship 1 (CM1) Introduction to Music Theory*

     

    10th Grade

    Wind Ensemble (Varsity Winds and Percussion)

     

    Technique Class (Intermediate Winds and Percussion II)

     

    Pre-AP Music Theory*

     

    11th Grade

    Wind Ensemble (Varsity Winds and Percussion)

    AP Music Theory*

    Music Elective

     

    12th Grade

    Wind Ensemble (Varsity Winds and Percussion)

    Music Elective

    Music Elective

     

    *Advanced music theory students will have the opportunity to place out of 1 or more years of music theory