The music program at Comal ISD offers weekly instruction with a music teacher at the elementary level and a variety of after-school programs including choir, marimbas, drums, ukulele and violins.
Secondary music programs include Band I-IV Marching Band, Concert Band, Applied Music, Instrumental Ensemble (Piano), AP Music Theory, Orchestra, Guitar, Jazz Band, Percussion, Mixed Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir. These programs all participate in UIL through marching band, concert and sight-reading competitions. Rehearsals often occur outside of the normal class time extending the learning and developing of high order skills such as visual memory, sequencing, cause and effect and problem solving. The additional use of art, skill and activity produce quality performances which are enjoyed by the community and others as they travel nationally to perform.
The band program begins at the middle school level in the sixth grade, and students have the opportunity to continue through the 12th grade. Beginning classes focus on the development of correct musical and performance skills. In addition to further development of their basic fundamental skills, these bands offer a variety of performance opportunities including concerts, pep rallies, football games and UIL contests. Students are encouraged to participate in individual events such as solo and ensemble contests for all-region, area and state auditions.
Orchestra programs in CISD are growing to be among the best in Texas. Beginning with our 5th Grade Strings Enrichment program, students embark upon a musical journey in which they have the opportunity to become master musicians and gain an appreciation for music. Our middle school programs are in full swing, consistently earning sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and SIght Reading contests. Beginning in the fall of 2017, CISD began offering orchestra at Smithson Valley and Canyon High Schools and in 2018 Canyon Lake started their orchestra program.
Choral music begins in the sixth grade. These classes focus on establishing and developing basic musical and performance skills building from the general music classes at the elementary level. These choirs offer a variety of performance opportunities including concerts, community events, and U.I.L. contests. Students are also encouraged to participate in individual events such as Solo & Ensemble Contest and All-Region Choir auditions. Participation at the high school level includes solo/ensemble, TMEA auditions, Show Choir, and U.I.L. concert and sight-reading competitions.
Piano is an opportunity offered at Canyon, Canyon Lake and Smithson Valley High Schools. It is offered as a lab class. Students may enroll in beginner instruction and continue through Piano IV advanced. Concerts for each semester allow students growth in performance to be highlighted.