Fine Arts Department

The arts programs at TMI play a critical role in the development of the whole child. Through technical visual development and critical thinking skills we foster the students own ideas and self-expression. Students are deeply involved in the creative process by working out problems using a variety of drawing media including graphite, charcoal, pen, and colored pencils. The more advanced students are introduced to traditional oil painting techniques as well as unconventional drawing materials. A number of students have prepared highly successful portfolios for college admission as well as the AP college board.

Our award winning program has students who participate in regional, state, and national arts competitions. In the Scholastic Art and Writing awards we have won numerous Gold, Silver and Honorable Mention awards. The Gold Key winners are exhibited in a group show of the winners downtown San Antonio. Our students also participate in VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) in this competition students share their work with an expert juror. We have had several students get selected to participate in the state VASE competition. Student work can be found aborning the walls and display areas around campus as well as the San Antonio community.
 
Transfer Goals; Students will:
  • Appreciate the value, significance, and creativity of the arts.
  • Cultivate creativity, empathy, and artistic competence to become a more complete person and engaged member of their community’s artistic culture.
  • Develop artistic voice and exhibit self-confidence to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of forms.
  • Build an artistic vocabulary to analyze, critique, and respond to works of art and performance as well as respectfully accept feedback from others.

Fine Arts

  • 6th Grade Art - Q1

    Sixth grade art will have projects that foster an appreciation for the fine arts, and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students utilize elements of art and principles of design to plan and create pieces of art that express multiple ideas.  Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Earth Science, Foundations of Ancient Civilizations, World Religions, and Latin
  • 6th Grade Art - Q2

    Sixth grade art will have projects that foster an appreciation for the fine arts, and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students utilize elements of art and principles of design to plan and create pieces of art that express multiple ideas.  Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Earth Science, Foundations of Ancient Civilizations, World Religions, and Latin
  • 6th Grade Art - Q3

    Sixth grade art will have projects that foster an appreciation for the fine arts, and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students utilize elements of art and principles of design to plan and create pieces of art that express multiple ideas.  Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Earth Science, Foundations of Ancient Civilizations, World Religions, and Latin
  • 6th Grade Art - Q4

    Sixth grade art will have projects that foster an appreciation for the fine arts, and demonstrate an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.  Students utilize elements of art and principles of design to plan and create pieces of art that express multiple ideas.  Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Earth Science, Foundations of Ancient Civilizations, World Religions, and Latin
  • 6th grade Band

    In this course, students will have the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes. The fundamentals of music reading, tonal production, and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. Performance opportunities include chapel, supporting the existing music programs on campus, and special events around campus. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. Course Length: Full Year Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument or reading music is required. Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only. Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, French-Horn, Tuba, and Percussion. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
  • 6th grade Musicianship - Q1

    This class functions as an introduction to the Fundamentals of Music, to include note and rhythm reading, as well as the expressive elements that are required to make a piece of music more enjoyable to both listen to and to perform. The class will spend time playing Orff instruments and/or working in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab, and singing. Another topic is the story of the Broadway Musical, and the exploration of the different aspects that are needed to produce a musical, from its beginning as an idea to opening night.
  • 6th grade Musicianship - Q2

    This class functions as an introduction to the Fundamentals of Music, to include note and rhythm reading, as well as the expressive elements that are required to make a piece of music more enjoyable to both listen to and to perform. The class will spend time playing Orff instruments and/or working in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab, and singing. Another topic is the story of the Broadway Musical, and the exploration of the different aspects that are needed to produce a musical, from its beginning as an idea to opening night.
  • 6th grade Musicianship - Q3

    This class functions as an introduction to the Fundamentals of Music, to include note and rhythm reading, as well as the expressive elements that are required to make a piece of music more enjoyable to both listen to and to perform. The class will spend time playing Orff instruments and/or working in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab, and singing. Another topic is the story of the Broadway Musical, and the exploration of the different aspects that are needed to produce a musical, from its beginning as an idea to opening night.
  • 6th grade Musicianship - Q4

    This class functions as an introduction to the Fundamentals of Music, to include note and rhythm reading, as well as the expressive elements that are required to make a piece of music more enjoyable to both listen to and to perform. The class will spend time playing Orff instruments and/or working in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab, and singing. Another topic is the story of the Broadway Musical, and the exploration of the different aspects that are needed to produce a musical, from its beginning as an idea to opening night.
  • 6th Grade Theater - Q1

    Students enrolled in 6th Grade Drama will spend time engaged in improving Voice and Diction skills and working in small groups to create their own commercials (plays) for performance.  A performance of their commercials will be presented to members of the 6th grade class at the end of the quarter.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
  • 6th Grade Theater - Q2

    Students enrolled in 6th Grade Drama will spend time engaged in improving Voice and Diction skills and working in small groups to create their own commercials (plays) for performance.  A performance of their commercials will be presented to members of the 6th grade class at the end of the quarter.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
  • 6th Grade Theater - Q3

    Students enrolled in 6th Grade Drama will spend time engaged in improving Voice and Diction skills and working in small groups to create their own commercials (plays) for performance.  A performance of their commercials will be presented to members of the 6th grade class at the end of the quarter.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
  • 6th Grade Theater - Q4

    Students enrolled in 6th Grade Drama will spend time engaged in improving Voice and Diction skills and working in small groups to create their own commercials (plays) for performance.  A performance of their commercials will be presented to members of the 6th grade class at the end of the quarter.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
  • 7th Grade Art - Q1

    Seventh grade art will engage students in projects that integrate knowledge and problem solving skills, and display a synthesis of ideas.  Works of art will be interpreted in the context of the historical time in which it was made when applicable. Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Life Science,Texas History, and Geometry.
  • 7th Grade Art - Q2

    Seventh grade art will engage students in projects that integrate knowledge and problem solving skills, and display a synthesis of ideas.  Works of art will be interpreted in the context of the historical time in which it was made when applicable. Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Life Science,Texas History, and Geometry.
  • 7th Grade Art - Q3

    Seventh grade art will engage students in projects that integrate knowledge and problem solving skills, and display a synthesis of ideas.  Works of art will be interpreted in the context of the historical time in which it was made when applicable. Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Life Science,Texas History, and Geometry.
  • 7th Grade Art - Q4

    Seventh grade art will engage students in projects that integrate knowledge and problem solving skills, and display a synthesis of ideas.  Works of art will be interpreted in the context of the historical time in which it was made when applicable. Projects will have topics or themes that are inspired by Life Science,Texas History, and Geometry.
  • 7th grade Band

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts.  The student will also participate in Concert Contest. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion.
     
  • 7th Grade General Music - Q1

    This class uses a project-based curriculum, with assignments drawn from various sources. Projects will include, The History of Rock and Roll, An Exploration of The Great Composers, The Instruments of the Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz Music, World Drumming, and Beginning Music Composition. The class will also spend time in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab as time permits.
  • 7th Grade General Music - Q2

    This class uses a project-based curriculum, with assignments drawn from various sources. Projects will include, The History of Rock and Roll, An Exploration of The Great Composers, The Instruments of the Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz Music, World Drumming, and Beginning Music Composition. The class will also spend time in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab as time permits.
  • 7th Grade General Music - Q3

    This class uses a project-based curriculum, with assignments drawn from various sources. Projects will include, The History of Rock and Roll, An Exploration of The Great Composers, The Instruments of the Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz Music, World Drumming, and Beginning Music Composition. The class will also spend time in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab as time permits.
  • 7th Grade General Music - Q4

    This class uses a project-based curriculum, with assignments drawn from various sources. Projects will include, The History of Rock and Roll, An Exploration of The Great Composers, The Instruments of the Orchestra, New Orleans Jazz Music, World Drumming, and Beginning Music Composition. The class will also spend time in the Yamaha Digital Piano Lab as time permits.
  • 7th Grade Theater - Q1

    Students in the 7th grade Drama rotation will continue exercises and recitations to improve their voice and diction skills.  The units covered will include theater vocabulary, improvisational acting, playwriting, and group performance.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
     
  • 7th Grade Theater - Q2

    Students in the 7th grade Drama rotation will continue exercises and recitations to improve their voice and diction skills.  The units covered will include theater vocabulary, improvisational acting, playwriting, and group performance.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
     
  • 7th Grade Theater - Q3

    Students in the 7th grade Drama rotation will continue exercises and recitations to improve their voice and diction skills.  The units covered will include theater vocabulary, improvisational acting, playwriting, and group performance.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
     
  • 7th Grade Theater - Q4

    Students in the 7th grade Drama rotation will continue exercises and recitations to improve their voice and diction skills.  The units covered will include theater vocabulary, improvisational acting, playwriting, and group performance.  All Middle School students are encouraged to audition for the Fall play.
     
  • 8th Grade Theater - Fall

    This class is a hands-on workshop. Students will learn the fundamentals of acting technique, technical theater, stage makeup, costume design, and speech performance. Students will combine their knowledge of play making, public speaking, writing, collaboration, constructive criticism, costumes, stage makeup, and technical theater to make a short original piece. They may also perform scenes for school productions and events.
  • 8th Grade Theater - Spring

    This class is a hands-on workshop. Students will learn the fundamentals of acting technique, technical theater, stage makeup, costume design, and speech performance. Students will combine their knowledge of play making, public speaking, writing, collaboration, constructive criticism, costumes, stage makeup, and technical theater to make a short original piece. They may also perform scenes for school productions and events.
  • Advanced Digital Music Composition

     Advanced Digital Music Composition takes the fundamentals from Digital Music Composition and focuses on the production and recording side of music composition. Students will learn how to use advanced digital audio workstations
    such as FL Studio, Pro Tools, and more. Advanced Music Composition students will
    work alongside beginner Digital Music Composition students to help them with
    music theory fundamentals and basic usage of simple DAWs. Advanced Digital
    Music Composition students will work to create not only compositions, but longer
    format creations such as “extend play” or “EP” collections of their music.
  • After School Choir - Fall

    The Upper School Choir is open to any upper school student who is interested in singing and would like to be a part of a choral ensemble.  No previous musical experience is required.  This is a non-auditioned group; anyone who wants to sing is welcome.  There are two concerts during the school year, and both are annual events, which are shared with the TMI Bands.  The first concert is the Annual Christmas Concert; the second one is the Annual Spring and Concert and Awards Ceremony.  Attendance at both performances is required.  There are occasional opportunities to sing in the San Antonio community, as well as participation in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association choir festival in the spring.
  • AP 2-D Art and Design

    AP Studio Art: 2D Design with an emphasis in Digital Photography is for the serious photography student who is highly self-motivated and committed to building a superior portfolio. This course is a yearlong, college-level exploration of the principles of design as expressed through digital photography. AP work demands significantly more time and accomplishment than the typical high school course.   Placement is based on departmental approval
     
    Course Length: Full Year
    Pre-Requisite(s): Intro to Digital Photography, Photography I and II
  • AP Drawing

    Advanced Placement Studio Art is a college level course designed for students who are seriously interested in art.  It will be individualized to meet the needs and interests of each student. Students will be challenged to develop their own personal work. Students will develop and demonstrate mastery of concept, composition, and execution of their personal ideas and themes in drawing. Students should understand that AP involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school class.  In May, AP Studio Art students must submit a portfolio that is evaluated by the College Board.  Each portfolio is expected to include 12 pieces showing breadth of approaches, subjects, media, 12 pieces showing exploration of a concentration, 5 examples of work that demonstrates the highest quality and overall excellence.  Over the course of the school year students should expect to produce between 25 - 30 works of art that are strong in design, composition, craftsmanship, idea development and growth.  There is no written examination for AP Studio Art.  Students are, however, expected to submit a written statement discussing their ideas, thought development and growth. Departmental approval required. Course Length: Full Year Pre-Requisite(s): Studio Art, Drawing and Painting I and Drawing and Painting II Placement is based on departmental approval
  • Ceramics I

    During this course, students will explore and better understand the medium of clay through hand-building techniques, sculpting, and use of the potter’s wheel. Students will work with both the functional and sculptural aspects of ceramics. They will experiment with a variety of glazing techniques, glazes and textures.
  • Ceramics/Sculptural Design 2 Honors

    In this Honors Level Sculpture Course students will further explore the medium of clay along with a variety of other sculptural mediums, to envision, design and build a unique body of sculptural work. Students will focus on both the functional and sculptural aspects of ceramics and 3 dimensional design.
  • Ceramics/Sculptural Design 3 Honors

    In this Honors Level Sculpture Course students will further explore the medium of clay along with a variety of other sculptural mediums, to envision, design and build a unique body of sculptural work. Students will focus on both the functional and sculptural aspects of ceramics and 3 dimensional design.
  • Digital Musical Composition

    This class is intended to explore individual and group creativity. The course will utilize various songwriting and music editing applications so that students will be able to create, edit, and record their own compositions. The ability to play an instrument is not a requirement for the class. The first part of the course will focus on the Elements of Music which will include unit on Form (the structure of a piece of music), and how it is important to have a “blueprint” prior to beginning an original composition. From there, the students will begin guided exercises in creating short pieces of music, gradually moving into more involved forms, and creating music with less guidance from the instructor and more creativity from each student. The overarching goal is to enable students to create their own unique compositions. We will also use the recording studio in the Walker Innovation Center so that each student will have a recorded copy of their compositions.
  • Drawing & Painting I

    Drawing and Painting 1 continues the exploration of visual ideas and techniques established in Studio Art. This course will focus on drawing and painting primarily from observed motifs and nature. Focus will be placed on learning to see and translate visual relationships on a two dimensional surface applying the formal elements that provide the basis for creative visual expression and communication: line, shape, form, perspective, value (shading), texture, color theory and the dynamics of composition. During the second semester of painting, students explore basic principles and practices of painting, including color theory, various painting techniques, and different painting styles. Materials explored in this course range anywhere from graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, ink wash, collage, to acrylic paint and oil paint. Students will learn about paper, canvas preparation, as well as how to work from on easel.

    Course Length: Full Year
    Pre-Requisite(s): Studio Art
  • Drawing and Painting II Honors

    The primary goals of this course is to develop a stronger understanding of materials and techniques, develop more individual and far-reaching sources, become more ambitious, learn from one another and develop more faith in imagination. Drawing & Painting 2 expands on drawing and painting from observation and encourages students to build on the drawing fundamentals learned in Drawing & Painting 1. It challenges each student to develop more independence, rigor and voice in art-making. Project assignments along with precedents are explored in this course. A precedent identifies a unique interest each student has in a given artist(s). At the instructor’s discretion, critical use of photographs and other second-hand sources of imagery are available as reference material. Placement is based on departmental approval
  • Drawing and Painting III Honors

    The primary goals of this course is to develop a stronger understanding of materials and
    techniques, develop more individual and far-reaching sources, become more ambitious, learn from one another and develop more faith in imagination. Drawing & Painting 3 expands on drawing and painting from observation and encourages students to build on the drawing fundamentals learned in Drawing & Painting 1 and 2. It challenges each student to develop more independence, rigor and voice in art-making. Project assignments along with precedents are explored in this course. The focus is on developing a consistent body of work that prepares the student for college and beyond. At the instructor’s discretion, critical use of photographs and other second-hand sources of imagery are available as reference material. 
  • Introduction to Digital Photography

    This course is an introduction to basic digital photography and image processing techniques with emphasis on the aesthetic qualities of photography. Students will learn technical aspects of digital photography including camera function, basic Photoshop processing, image manipulation, digital workflow, and color management. Students will explore visual language in a digital context, and they will learn how to practice reading and thinking critically about the digital messages and imagery they see daily. Students will also be introduced to industry standards of fine-art digital production as well as historic and conceptual aspects of photography. A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera is required.

    Course Length: Full Year 
  • Introduction to Visual Arts

    Previously Studio Art.  This course provides a survey of media with project based on the elements of design, color use and composition. The course is designed to help inspire creative thought and self-expression in the students. The class includes instruction and projects in painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking and a variety of drawing media. In this course students gain a foundation in the visual language which prepares them for the more advanced arts courses.

    Course Length: Full Year 
    Pre-Requisite(s): None
  • Introduction to Visual Arts - MS

    This course provides a survey of media with project based on the elements of design, color use and composition. The course is designed to help inspire creative thought and self-expression in the students. The class includes instruction and projects in painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking and a variety of drawing media. In this course students gain a foundation in the visual language which prepares them for the more advanced arts courses.

    Course Length: Full Year 
    Pre-Requisite(s): None
  • Music! Its Role and Importance in our Lives - Fall

    This course is a unique approach to the study of music. It will contain music history but is not a historical approach to the study of music. This will be an activity-based class, with projects and activities designed to explore why we value music: to tell us who we are, to let us perform, to enhance expression, to understand life’s meaning, to allow us to create, to tell the story of our lives, to characterize an age, and to share our humanity.
  • Music! Its Role and Importance in our Lives - Spring

    This course is a unique approach to the study of music. It will contain music history but is not a historical approach to the study of music. This will be an activity-based class, with projects and activities designed to explore why we value music: to tell us who we are, to let us perform, to enhance expression, to understand life’s meaning, to allow us to create, to tell the story of our lives, to characterize an age, and to share our humanity.
  • Oral Interpretation and Stage Diction I Spring

    “The speech of a character must bring to life the character itself. Training in voice and speech is imperative and fundamental. In search of the best, we look to the stage; for the theatre has a responsibility too often neglected: to foster the finest sound of Spoken English”—Edith Skinner. This course will develop the actor’s stage diction and ability to orally interpret dramatic and comedic literature for the stage. It will also foster skills in public speaking, stage diction, articulation, muscularity of speech, confidence, healthy vocal production and performance.
  • Photography I

    This course offers students the opportunity to explore Photography (both analogue and digital) within a fine arts context. Photographic processes include film shooting processing, digital image manipulation, inkjet printing, alternative photographic methods, and printing techniques. In this course, students will develop an understanding of their own creative process and photographic interests. Students will produce photographic projects based on themes such as documentary, still-life, portraiture, story-telling, abstract, and photo-essay. The course will conclude with students producing a final project portfolio. A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera is required.
     
    Course Length: Full Year
    Pre-Requisite(s): Digital Photography  
  • Photography II Honors

    This is an advanced photography course that provides students the opportunity to have a more in-depth exploration of their creative process and photographic interests. The course is structured around independently produced theme-based photographic projects as well as group critiques and portfolio production. Students work toward a focused, cohesive, and highly crafted photographic portfolio suitable for exhibition, juried competitions, and professional and college applications. A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera is required. Placement is based on departmental approval.
     
    Course Length: Full Year
    Pre-Requisite(s): Intro to Digital Photography and Photography I  
  • Production Technology - Fall

    Production Technology will cover all areas of theatrical design including :
    Lighting design, sound design, costume design, properties and scenic design.
    The course will examine all elements and contributions designers make to the theatre process and production. Students enrolled in this course will have mandatory lab hours with the expectation that they design for a show, serve on a crew and/or support the building and operations –assisting with the running crew, building sets, painting, hanging, focusing and programming lights.
  • Symphonic Band I

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts.  The student will also participate in Concert Contest. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion.
     
  • Symphonic Band I - MS

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts.  The student will also participate in Concert Contest. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion.
     
  • Symphonic Band II

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. Students will receive a basic introduction to Music Theory.  Students will learn Major scales and apply them to their class music. Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts.  The student will also participate in Concert Contest. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion.
     
  • Symphonic Band III Honors

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. This course is a continuation level course for students with four or more years of previous band experience.  Emphasis is on the advancement of instrument technique, the further development of ensemble performance and rehearsal skills. Students will learn all major scales from memory and will be introduced to minor scales and keys.  Students will receive a more in depth explanation of Music Theory and an introduction to form in music. Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts. The student will also participate in Concert Contest.  Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion. Placement is based on departmental approval
     
  • Symphonic Band IV Honors

    The Instrumental Music Department offers students the opportunity to work on their skills as a musician through class instruction and master classes.  The fundamentals of music reading, tone production and technique are taught within the context of rehearsals. This course is a continuation level course for students with four or more years of previous band experience.  Emphasis is on the advancement of instrument technique, the further development of ensemble performance and rehearsal skills. Students will learn all major scales and all forms of minor scales from memory. Students will receive advance music theory and Form and Analysis.   Performance opportunities include Chapel, Pep Rallies, special events around campus and two formal concerts. The student will also participate in Concert Contest. Private lessons are strongly encouraged. This course also has a before school requirement where every student attends full band rehearsals.
    Pre-Requisite(s): Prior experience on an instrument and reading music is required.  Students who are not currently enrolled are accepted by audition only. Enrollment is limited to band instruments only.  Band instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba and Percussion. Placement is based on departmental approval
     
  • Theatre Arts I

    This is the foundation course for the theatre arts curriculum at TMI Episcopal.
    Theatre Arts I is designed to provide the student with an exciting overview of live theatre by closely examining the elements of playwriting, acting, directing, design, dance, movement, voice and speech. The course will demonstrate how these elements are first created by various artists and effectively brought together within a process that ultimately leads to a live theatre production. To be sure, you will clearly understand what is involved in producing a play from start to finish. Beyond the many elements and contributions that lead toward the final product, we will also look at the employment opportunities in theatre. The theatre is a safe and creative laboratory where one may study humanity. A well-produced theatre experience may potentially change lives by questioning individual values, life pursuits, relationships, morals, ethics, opinions, and general attitudes governing our human behavior. Many plays of substance ask us to deeply evaluate our own culture, our society and the individual roles we play in a community. When you observe a character on stage, you must ask yourself, “How would I respond if I were in the same situation?” Therefore be prepared to question and learn something about yourself during the study of theatre.
  • Theatre Production I

    This is the advanced course in the theatre arts curriculum at T.M.I. Episcopal School. Theatre Production will be taught as a college preparatory course. By registering for this advanced class, you have essentially confirmed your own interest in this art form and committed yourself to a more challenging regimen of enriched training in the
    discipline of theatre. Additionally the class will provide a heightened challenge for
    students through the study of proven acting techniques, acting styles, vocal exercises
    and movement systems--combined with the exploration of modern and classical texts.
    Students will also gain extensive knowledge in directorial concepts, scene scoring, text
    analysis, design conferencing, stage management protocols, resume preparation,
    auditioning and interviewing. Expectations will be higher and the work will be more
    difficult than the curriculum of Theatre Arts I & II.

    This class will serve as a laboratory for all students to refine their skills and to share
    research discoveries. Students in this course will encounter sincere feedback from the
    instructor throughout the semester. A formal assessment of your class work and stage
    work will occur at mid-term and again at the end of the school year. Videotaped
    performances (of class work and stage work) will be reviewed. Seniors are expected to
    produce and submit an audition video for ARTS scholarships. Juniors are strongly
    encouraged to produce a “practice” video for ARTS. Some select students will
    participate in TAPPS speech tournaments as an added opportunity for performance.
  • Upper School Concert Choir

    The Upper School Choir is open to any upper school student who is interested in singing and would like to be a part of a choral ensemble. No previous musical experience is required. This is a non-auditioned group; anyone who wants to sing is welcome. There are two concerts during the school year, and both are annual events, which are shared with the TMI Bands. The first concert is the Annual Christmas Concert; the second one is the Annual Spring Concert and Awards Ceremony. Attendance at both performances is required. There are occasional opportunities to sing in the San Antonio community, as
    well as participation in the Texas Private School Music Educators Association choir festival in the spring.
  • Yearbook I

    Students in this course produce TMI’s annual yearbook. They are responsible for page layout, design of the book, photography, image cropping and editing, writing copy, desktop publishing (InDesign, Photoshop, iPhoto) and all other aspects of the production process. Students enrolled in the course are expected to attend out-of-class work sessions after school and on weekends as necessary to meet production deadlines. Class size is limited, instructor approval and completion of application is required. The application process is competitive and based on GPA, experience, and teacher recommendations. Applications must be turned in prior to course selection. Commitment to at least three years of this course is recommended.

    Course Length: Full Year
    Pre-Requisite(s): Digital Art
  • Yearbook II Honors

    Students in this advanced course continue to produce TMI’s annual yearbook. They are responsible for page layout, design of the book, photography, image cropping, and editing, writing copy, desktop publishing, and all other aspects of the production process. Students must have a working knowledge of layout and design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and iPhoto.
     
    Students enrolled in the course are expected to attend out-of-class work sessions after school and on weekends as necessary to meet production deadlines. Class size is limited, and prior instructor approval is required. The application process for Yearbook Staff is competitive and based on GPA, experience, and teacher recommendations. Continued commitment to two years of this course is recommended.  Course Length: Full Year  Pre-Requisite(s): Yearbook 1
  • Yearbook III Honors

    Students in this advanced course continue to produce TMI’s annual yearbook. Additionally, seniors who are enrolled in Yearbook 3 Honors are expected to take on a leadership role within the Yearbook Staff, either as Lead Editor, Lead Photographer, or Lead Layout Designer. Yearbook 3 Honors students are responsible for ensuring yearbook production runs smoothly. In addition to being responsible for all aspects of the production process, they will also work to mentor, train, and support students in Yearbook 1 and 2.
     
    Students enrolled in the course are expected to attend out-of-class work sessions after school and on weekends as necessary to meet production deadlines. Class size is limited, and prior instructor approval is required. The application process for Yearbook Staff is competitive and based on GPA, experience, and teacher recommendations. 
    Course Length: Full Year  Pre-Requisite(s): Yearbook 2 Placement is based on departmental approval
MISSION: TMI provides an exceptional education with values based on the teachings of Jesus Christ that challenge motivated students to develop their full potential in service and leadership.

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
TMI Episcopal admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, religion, and physical ability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
TMI Episcopal
20955 W. Tejas Trail
San Antonio TX 78257
phone (210) 698-7171
fax (210) 698-0715