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Music Overview

  1. PURPOSE. The purpose of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Music Event is to provide each student with an opportunity to learn, grow and perform. The God-given talents that have been developed with taught skills along with the personality of the students are challenged to meet a set standard. The subjective opinion of the judges provides a tool so all who participate can measure their progress. The rating in each event reflects a culmination of the student’s accomplishments and the judge’s evaluation.
  2. GOALS
    • As many students as possible are encouraged to participate. The guidelines are clear and obtainable for any school.
    • Students are given the opportunity to grow and to receive another opinion of how their talent and skill is developing.
    • Judges will understand the standard, acknowledge students who meet it, and inform the students how they can improve.
    • Each director and student should leave the event with information concerning areas in which they have excelled as well as what they can do to improve their skill. Each performer is a success; we are not creating winners and losers.
  3. OVERVIEW
    • Organization
      • Schools are assigned to Classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, etc.) as determined annually by TAPPS.
        1. Drum Line Exhibition. For the Drum Line Exhibition in the fall, Classifications are combined to form two Divisions and each school will compete with other schools within the same Division.   There is no District or Region qualifying required for entry
        2. Vocal, Band, and String Championship Competition. At each Open Championship competition in the spring, schools will compete with other schools within the same Classification. There is no District or Regional qualifying required for entry.
      • School Directors/Sponsors. Each school designates a Head Vocal, Head Band, and Head Orchestra Director.  Schools may have more than one Assistant Director.
      • Music Committee. The Music Committee is made up of volunteers from mixed classifications representing each medium and the TAPPS Music Director.  The Committee will coordinate the Championship Competitions and rule on challenges, exceptions, etc.  The TAPPS Music Director will preside over the Music Committee and any meetings.
    • Music Contest Categories
      • DRUM LINE EXHIBITION (Fall Event)
      • VOCAL CONTESTS (Spring Event)
        1. Large Ensemble/Sight-Reading
        2. Small Ensemble
        3. Solo
          • Female Vocal
          • Male Vocal
          • Piano
        4. Sacred Ensemble
        5. Pop/Show Ensemble
      • BAND CONTESTS (Spring Event)
        1. Large Ensemble/Sight-Reading
        2. Small Ensemble
          • Woodwind
          • Brass
          • Percussion
          • Handbell
        3. Solo
          • Woodwind
          • Brass
          • Percussion
          • Piano
          • Guitar
        4. Medium Ensemble
        5. Jazz Ensemble
      • STRING CONTESTS (Spring Event)
        1. Large Ensemble/Sight-Reading
        2. Small Ensemble
          • String
        3. Solo
          • String (includes harp and guitar)
          • Piano
        4. Medium Ensemble