Charles Kuentz Elementary Music Instructor Michael Vasquez was recently announced as the recipient of the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement Spotlight Award for his outstanding achievement and demonstration in using elemental approaches in teaching.
The Theatre Department at Brennan HS performed Anne Coulter Martens' "Alice in Wonderland" October 9-11.With the creative talents of the Theatre Director, Jose DeHoyos, Technical Director, Vera Mendoza and their wonderful actors and technicians, the performance was a be
Over 3,600 elementary students were able to see Seussical at Holmes High School this past weekend due to grant awarded by the NEF Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to give elementary students the opportunity for more fine arts engagement while offering teachers ideas to use a theatrical production as a springboard for character building in the classroom.
5 NISD high school twirlers competed in University Interscholastic League Region 11 Twirling Contest recently and received a Division I rating for outstanding skill and showmanship. NISD is proud of the visual component and excitement that they bring to halftime shows weekly during the football season.
Congratulations to NISD jazz band students that participated in the Texas Music Educators’ Association Region 11 2014 Jazz Ensembles auditions. Of the 40 chairs available in one of two performing jazz bands, NISD high school students captured 31 chairs.
Under the direction of Theatre Directors Amanda Pyle and Nora Franklin, the William Howard Taft Summer Theatre Camp was a smashing success. Students worked with their peers in writing, producing, directing, and starring in their own original plays. The camp culminated with a celebration of performance products completed by students.
With summer rapidly closing, NISD heralds the huge success for student participation in camp experiences. Visual arts and music theatre camps were held at 12 elementary campuses with 115 art and music/theatre instructors providing the lessons. Over 700 students participated. Fine Arts camps traditionally extend for a two week period with campus celebrations occurring on the last class day of each week.
The NISD Department of Fine Arts was the featured showcase district at the annual Center for Educator Development State Summit in June, 2014. Annually, the state’s most revered fine arts educators (over 1,000 in number) gather in Austin to design and share effective strategies for delivering the Texas Essential Knowlede and Skills for Fine Arts. The NISD student performances represented all of the fine arts disciplines (art, music, dance, theatre) in a 16 minute non-stop sensational display of talent and skill. The audience of over 1,000 of the state&rsqu
David Cain, NISD Elementary Music /Secondary Vocal Supervisor, was chosen by the Texas Music Administrators Conference as the 2016 “Music Administrator of the Year” for excellence in support of music education. David has taught music for over 35 years and continues to provide instructors the necessary tools to be highly successful in the classroom.
The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) was held in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from November 11-14. Dana Dominguez (12th grade percussionist from Stevens High School) earned 1st place in the High School Keyboard Contest at PASIC with a score of 97 out of 100. There were 22 students competing in this keyboard competition and Dana's performance of Pius Cheung's Etude in E Minor earned the highest score among all individuals competing at PASIC in both the high school and college divisions.