• Music Program in Plano

    About the Music Program

  • State and National Honors

    Individual students, ensembles and campus music departments across the district have been recognized by state and national organizations for their dedication to quality and consistently outstanding performance.  District music programs have a national reputation of excellence.  Plano has been named among the “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM® Foundation since 2000.  Below is a historical record of the success of these programs:

     

    2017 - 2018

    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Rice Middle School Men’s Chorus
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Robinson Middle School Treble Choir
    • TMEA Middle School String Honor Orchestra: Rice Middle School Chamber Orchestra
    • TMEA High School Honor Full Orchestra: Plano West Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    • Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic Invitational Performance: Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Jazz Education Network Invitational Performance: Plano West Senior High School Jazz Ensemble

    2016 - 2017

    • 76 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Plano Senior High School Women's Choir
    • American Choral Directors Association Conference Invited Performance:Plano Senior High Men's Chorus

    2015 - 2016

    • 83 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Honor String Orchestra: Plano West Senior High School Full Orchestra
    • TMEA Middle School Honor Full Orchestra: Robinson Middle School Full Orchestra
    • TMEA Invited Jazz Band: Plano West Senior High School
    • Southwest Division American Choral Directors Association Conference Invited Performance: Plano East Men's Chorus
    • John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Flag of Honor Award: Plano East Senior High School Band Program

     2014 - 2015

    • 85 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Honor Full Orchestra: Plano Senior High School Full Orchestra
    • John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Cup Award: Rice Middle School Band Program

    2013 - 2014

    • 68 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Honor Full Orchestra: Jasper High School Full Orchestra
    • TMEA Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra: Robinson Middle School Full Orchestra
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Vines High School Treble Choir
    • Southwest Division American Choral Directors Association Conference Invited Performance: Plano West Mixed Choir
    • MS/JS National Conference for Choral Music Invited Choir: Otto Middle School Treble Choir
    • MS/JS National Conference for Choral Music Invited Choir: Robinson Middle School Mixed Choir

     2012 - 2013

    • 73 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Rice Middle School Treble Choir
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Robinson Middle School Treble Choir
    • American Choral Directors Association Conference Performance: Plano Senior High School A Cappella Choir
    • John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Shield Award: Plano East Marching Band

    2011 - 2012

    • 76 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Honor Full Orchestra: Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    • American Choral Directors Associatio MS/JH Confrerence Invited Choir: Rice Middle School Tenor/Bass Choir

     2010 - 2011

    • 72 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Shepton High School Mixed Choir
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra: Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Grammy® Signature School Gold Award:  Plano West Senior High School

    2009 – 2010

    • 77 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Organization of American Kodály Educators Conference Performance: Plano Children’s Chorale

    2008 - 2009

    • 62 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Plano Senior High School A-Cappella Women’s Choir
    • TMEA High School Honor Full Orchestra:  Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    • TMEA Middle School Honor String Orchestra:  Robinson Middle School Chamber Orchestra
    • TMEA High School Honor String Orchestra:  Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra

    2007 - 2008

    • 66 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • TMEA Middle School String Honor Orchestra:  Rice Middle School Orchestra
    • Grammy® Signature School Gold Award:  Plano Senior High School 

    2006 - 2007

    • 68 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Full Honor Orchestra: Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    • TMEA Middle School Full Honor Orchestra:  Haggard Middle School Full Orchestra
    • TMEA Invited Elementary Choir: Plano Children’s Chorale
    • American Choral Directors Association Conference Performance: Plano Senior High School A Cappella Women’s Choir
    • National Wind Band Honors Award: Plano SHS Wind Ensemble
    • National Wind Band Honors Award: Rice MS Wind Ensemble

    2005 - 2006

    • 45 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra: Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra

    2004 - 2005

    • 40 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • National School Board Association Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival: Plano Senior High School Jazz Ensemble
    • Grammy® Signature School Gold Award:  Plano Senior High School

    2003 - 2004

    • 50 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Plano West Senior High School A Cappella Women’s Choir
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir: Robinson Middle School Tenor/Bass Choir
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic performance:  Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra

    2002 - 2003

    • 43 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra  
    • TMEA Invited Middle School Choir:: Wilson Middle School Tenor/Bass Choir
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic performance:  Plano West Senior High School Symphony Orchestra
    • National School Board Association Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra

    2001 - 2002

    • 41 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano West Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic performance:  Plano East Senior High School Wind Ensemble

    2000 - 2001

    • 39 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra

    1999 - 2000

    • 40 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Plano Senior High School A Cappella Choir
    • International Association of Jazz Educators Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Sound Invention

    1998 - 1999

    • 36 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano East Senior High School Chamber Orchestra 
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic performance:  Plano Senior High School Symphony Strings

    1997 - 1998

    • 28 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Music Educators National Conference Performance:  Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra

    1996 - 1997

    • 29 All-State Musicians
    • International Association of Jazz Educators Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Sound Invention

    1995 - 1996

    • 21 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School Honor Choir: Plano Senior High School A Cappella Choir

    1994-1995

    • 19 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • Southwest Division American Choral Directors Association Conference Performance:  Plano Senior High School A Cappella Choir

    1993 - 1994

    • 22 All-State Musicians
    • Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic performance:  Plano Senior High School Symphony Orchestra

    1992 - 1993

    • 21 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra:  Plano Senior High School Chamber Orchestra
    • International Association of Jazz Educators Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Sound Invention
    • American Choral Directors Association Conference Performance: Plano East Senior High School Sound Invention

    1991 - 1992

    • 22 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Invited High School Choir: Plano East Senior High School Sound Invention

    1990-1991

    • 24 All-State Musicians
    • TMEA Middle School Honor Band: Haggard Middle School Symphonic Band


     

  • Additional Music Resources

    “Why Music?”

    Visit these sites for information and research regarding the benefits of a musically and arts-rich education for students:

    • "Mark of Excellent" Award Video
    • Why the Arts Matter by Dr. Jerome Kagan (Harvard)
    • Dana Foundation Report:Learning, Arts and the Brain
    • A Hard-Headed Case for Arts Education by Author Dan Pink
    • The Arts and 21st Century Skills
    • Why Music Matters Video w/ Jack Stamp
    • Arts & Crafts: Keys to Scientific Creativity by Michelle & Robert Root-Bernstein