Fine Arts

ART 1 (#0761)

Art 1 is an introductory course that familiarizes students with various mediums and techniques while focusing on the elements and the principles of art. Students explore a variety of art methods that will include drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6, 7, and 8

Special Note: Student $20 lab fee for materials.

ART 2 (#0762)

Art 2 is designed for students who wish to expand their art experience and who seek a greater artistic challenge. Art 2 students complete work in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, and more. The course emphasizes artistic composition, knowledge of Art elements and principles, and technical discipline.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 7 and 8
  • Prerequisite: Art 1

Special Note: Student $20 lab fee for materials.

ART 3 (#0866)

Art 3 expands concepts and skills acquired in previous courses and includes portfolio development and evaluation, study of Art History and the Arts in contemporary society, Art media and contemporary exhibition opportunities, and the use of art-making process for design solutions and problem-solving

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 8
  • Prerequisite: Art 2 or Teacher Recommendation

Special Note: Student $20 lab fee for materials.

BAND 1 (BAND 1-A #0788; BAND 1-B #0776; BAND 1-C #0774; BAND 1-D #0782)

Band 1 is designed to introduce students to the basic fundamentals of instrumental music performance in the areas of brass, woodwind, and percussion. The course covers selection and care of instruments, fundamental performance technique, reading music, and awareness of rhythm and pitch. Students will be placed into appropriate band classes after meeting with the band directors. Students participate in multiple ensemble performance opportunities, such as fall and spring concerts and out-of-district performances.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6, 7 and 8

Special Notes: Students who utilize instruments owned by BISD will be charged a district instrument usage fee of $40/semester. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a band Polo shirt.

BAND 2 - 3 ( BAND 2 #0780; BAND 3 #0781)

Band 2 and 3 focus on the development and refinement of skills previously introduced. Proper instrument technique, music theory and creative self-expression are included. Preparation for and participation in UIL competition and concerts are required. Emphasis is placed on gaining interest in and preparation for upper level band classes. Many individual and group band activities are planned such as ensemble performance concerts, Region Band auditions, Solo & Ensemble, football games, spring festival trips as well as other concerts. There are three performing bands at the middle school: Concert, Symphonic, and Honors. Placement is based upon student ability and director approval.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 7 and 8
  • Prerequisite: Previous Band class or Director Approval

Special Notes: Students who utilize instruments owned by BISD will be charged a district instrument usage fee of $40/semester. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a band Polo shirt.

JAZZ BAND (#03154235)

Jazz Band will focus on the development and refinement of skills previously introduced in Band. Proper instrument technique, music theory and creative self-expression are included. Members will explore a variety of styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin and more. The group will perform at various concerts and public events. Placement is based upon enrollment in a current band course.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 7 and 8
  • Prerequisite: Currently enrolled in a Band Course

Special Notes: Students who utilize instruments owned by BISD will be charged a district instrument usage fee of $40/semester. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a jazz band Polo shirt.

CHOIR 1 (#0779)

Beginning Choir builds on the knowledge, skills, and understanding developed in elementary school. Students experience the team-building, work ethic and varied repertoire of singing in unison and in parts, with an emphasis placed on proper vocal techniques and sight-reading skills. Students will have concert performances as well as singing for festivals/events. (BOYS CHOIR 6 #0772- based on enrollment). Though it may be primarily 6th Grade, it may expand to any new choir student

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6-8

Special Notes: $20 yearly uniform rental fee. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a Choir T-shirts.

CHOIR 2 – 3 (CHOIR 2 #0785; CHOIR 3 #0878 - - student groupings depend on Director selection and enrollment )

Choir students learn the techniques of correct vocal training in order to develop and strengthen the singing voice. The basics of sight-reading and music theory are also taught. Students’ placement in choir will be through skill assessment and scheduling consideration. Choirs in 7-8th grades will be arranged by the director, based on skill level, to every extent possible. Members of the choir participate in concerts, festivals, Region Choir and UIL competitions. They also may have the opportunity to learn preparation of solos to sing in the UIL Solo and Ensemble competition or in class recital. (BOYS CHOIR 7 #0773; BOYS CHOIR 8 #0883)

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 7 and 8

Special Notes: $20 yearly uniform rental fee. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a Choir T-shirts.

Dance I (#6810 Elective) (#5091 PE retirement). Middle School Dance may be taken as an elective, or as a fulfillment of the PE requirement.

Course intended for students with little to no previous formal dance training. Students will learn basic movement technique and history in the following genres, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary and Social Cultural Dance. Along with studying the art of dance, students will acquire functional fitness skills to develop healthy bodies while striving to create lifelong healthy habits.

The Dance I course delivers both Fine Arts and Physical Education TEKS. Students who have previously met or are currently enrolled in a Physical Education credit will receive Fine Arts credit for this course (#6810). Students still needing to fill the Physical Education requirement will receive PE credit (#5091).

All students will be required to dress out in proper dance wear attire for every class. Dance performances will occur once a semester (two per year). Performances are required as they are major class grades. Students perform in the Dance Spring show as part of their required final exam.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6-8

Special Note: There will be a requirement for purchase of special materials - Proper dance attire as stated by the instructor is required.

STRING ORCHESTRA 1 (BMSN - #0755, #0756, #0757; BMSS - #0787)

String Orchestra 1 is designed to introduce students to the basic fundamentals of instrumental music performance in the areas of violin, viola, cello, or string bass. The course covers selection and care of instruments, fundamental performance technique, reading music, and awareness of rhythm and pitch. Students will be placed into appropriate String Orchestra classes after meeting with the orchestra director. Students participate in multiple ensemble performance opportunities, such as fall and spring concerts and out-of-district performances.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6, 7 and 8

Special Note: Students who utilize instruments owned by BISD will be charged a district instrument usage fee of $40/semester. $30 yearly uniform rental fee. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a Orchestra T-shirts.

STRING ORCHESTRA 2 – 3 (STRING ORCHESTRA 2 #0783; STRING ORCHESTRA 3 #0784)

String Orchestra 2 – 3 focus is on performance-oriented goals of improving the individual and group playing skills previously introduced. Proper string technique, music theory and creative self-expression are included. Preparation for and participation in UIL competition and concerts are required. The course is performance-oriented with a goal of improving the individual and group playing skills of its class members. Music played will vary from traditional pieces to contemporary selections. Many individual and group activities are planned such as ensemble performance concerts, Region auditions, Solo & Ensemble as well as other concerts. There are three performing orchestras at the middle schools: Junior Varsity (first year performers), Varsity, and Honors. Both Varsity and Honor Orchestras are ability based with prior experience required. Placement is based upon student ability and director approval.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6, 7 and 8
  • Prerequisite: Previous String skills required, Director Approval

Special Note: Students who utilize instruments owned by BISD will be charged a district instrument usage fee of $40/semester. $30 yearly uniform rental fee. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials, such as a Orchestra T-shirts.

THEATRE 1 (#0767)

Theatre Arts is an introduction to theatre with a focus on helping the performer build confidence and skills in using the body and voice in creative communication. Students participate in voice and diction development, theatre games, pantomime, and a variety of performances.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 6, 7 and 8

Special Note: Student $15 lab fee for scripts, supplies, costumes, contest entry fees and royalties costs for productions. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials for specific projects.

THEATRE ARTS 2 - 3 (THEATRE ARTS 2 #0771; THEATRE ARTS 3 #0867)

Theatre 2 – 3 focuses on the production of both published and student-created scenes and plays through all phases of production. Students read and analyze scripts, study techniques of acting and directing, construct costumes and props, plan lighting and sound effects, publicize performances, and perform scripted plays. This course develops the student’s ability to make artistic decisions while setting and meeting realistic goals and deadlines. This course provides the student with a comprehensive knowledge of formal play production.

  • Full Year Course
  • Grade Placement: 7 and 8
  • Prerequisite: Technical Theater or Theater I

Special Note: Student $15 lab fee for scripts, supplies, costumes, contest entry fees and royalties costs for productions. There may be a requirement for purchase of special materials for specific projects.