Course Overview

Course Overview

          2012 – 2013 Course Syllabus for Strings/Piano/Guitar Instructor - Michael McCullough-Room 404


  • STUDENT PREREQUISITES* : The student must have been previously enrolled in the Strings program for the previous two years at middle school, as described in the Aldine Performing Arts Handbook course descriptions of the strings program. Piano students must have their own keyboard/piano at home to practice. The guitar student must have their own guitar at home to practice.The district does not provide these instruments for the student. All students must also pass an entry audition process, or have approval of the music director to enter the program at the high school level.Again, please refer to the Aldine Independent School District Performing Arts Handbook regarding individual course prerequisites and descriptions for each program. Note: Piano and Guitar at Carver is not offered to incoming 9th grade students.

  • This course is designed for the continuation of Strings (grades 9-12) Guitar (grades 11-12), and Piano (grades 11-12) students to continue into the Carver Magnet High School level of the music strand program.

  • These courses will teach all music strand students a variety of skills including: music theory, music composition, sight-reading skills, ear-training, technical performance skills, as well as major participation in concert performances.

  • Students will have the opportunity to learn about guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass instruments that make up the individual instruments of their respective music programs.

  • Instrument care and maintenance, parts of the instrument, historical development, and modern trends in the use of these instruments will be explored.

  • Students will be required to attend scheduled after school rehearsals during the school year.

  • Students will be required to practice their instruments at home. Students will be working on projects at the high school level that involve performance of music in the making of video productions, recordings, as well as special projects within the Performing Arts Department.

  • All Carver Music students will participate in all U.I.L. Region 19 contests. These include region tryouts, district solo and ensemble contests, district concert and sightreading contests, and other UIL performances as prescribed by the A.I.S.D. Handbook.

  • Students will be exposed to a variety of expertise from the fine arts area of the music community including visiting artists, opportunities to see the Houston Symphony, and other community musical organizations.


The Music Instructors responsibilities include teaching all of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills set out and mandated by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers are to include in all lesson plans TAAS related objectives and skills necessary to insure that the student has a necessary exposure to the related subject fields of the Math, Sciences, and Reading Content Areas. The teacher will use a variety of method books such as the Strictly Strings, Essential Elements, Suzuki, etc… to strengthen sight-reading skills and performance technique. Additional books will be supplemented as needed throughout the course.

U.I.L. prescribed music will be introduced into the music program prior to any contest and competitions. The instructor will continue to teach technique and sight-reading methods of performance throughout the program. The instructor will provide the student a course that will be performance driven due to the design of a “Magnet” program drawing upon the concept of a “fine arts” school and the “Performing Arts” as an integral part of the overall program.







All rules and regulations of student expectations and achievement will be included in the Carver High School Orchestra and Music Handbook.

*Note: Aldine District Instrument Use Fee of $ 50.00 must be paid in cash prior to any Aldine instrument being used or assigned to any music student. Failure to pay this fee will result in the student not receiving a grade for this course. Parents will receive an announcement regarding the Aldine District Instrument Use Fee policy during the first week of school.