Denton ISD Fine Arts

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Denton ISD Fine Arts Programs Continue Growth

As one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, overall enrollment in Denton ISD continues to expand and so does the percentage of DISD students that participate in Fine Arts classes district-wide. 95.25 percent of the students in Denton ISD (30,157 students) were enrolled in Fine Arts courses in 2019-20. This is an increase over the percentage of students enrolled in Fine Arts in 2018-19 (93.67%) and 2017-18 (88.73%). The 2019-20 school year showed an increase of 1,213 students participating in Fine Arts than the previous year.


Community support through partnerships with UNT, TWU, GDAC, and the Festival Ballet along with parent support of programs aids the growth in Fine Arts. The support of our campus leadership for the arts is a significant factor in the growth and success of fine arts programs in Denton ISD. Our teachers are dedicated to our mission of empowering artistic growth in students, and our principals support the arts through not only their commitment to creating arts experiences for students, but also systemically by designing master schedules that allow students choices to explore a variety of classes in their middle school years. “The commitment of Denton ISD leadership to serving the holistic experience of students creates a well-rounded community of learners. Many students in Denton ISD are able to explore multiple art forms along with participating in athletics, and CTE courses.” explains Denton ISD Director of Fine Arts, Dr. Jackie deMontmollin.


Every K-5 elementary school student in Denton ISD is taught by highly skilled art and music specialists in art and music classes weekly. In 2019-20, 90.5 percent of Denton ISD's secondary school students were enrolled in art, band, choir, dance, orchestra, or theatre classes. Denton ISD values the arts as part of a well-rounded educational experience that needs to be available for every child. Our district continues to employ the top fine arts educators in their fields and is committed to providing high-quality fine arts facilities. To find out more about Denton ISD's Fine Arts programs, visit the Fine Arts website www.dentonisd.org/finearts or Facebook page www.facebook.com/DentonISDFineArts.

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The Foundation for Music Education is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education. Each year the Foundation sponsors The Mark of Excellence project which seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras. The project gathers entries from throughout the United States and provides valuable feedback for all entrants. A unique competitive environment is created which allows ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding groups from across the country. The top 25% of entrants are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25% named as Commended Winners. The Citation of Excellence project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by non-varsity high school and middle school bands. All entrants receive a compilation recording of the winning performances. Winners are recognized in regional and/or national publications and at national and regional conventions. The adjudicator critiques and the compilation recordings are helpful in improving performances and will spread knowledge of quality literature.


For the 2019-20 school year, the Foundation for Music Education awarded three Denton ISD bands the 2020 Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence. Congratulations to the outstanding students and teachers of these bands for being honored for their excellence in music. This is Denton High's 6th year to be recognized and Crownover Middle School's 4th year to be recognized by the Foundation for Music Education.


National Winner, Mark of Excellence Jazz Honors

Denton HS Lab Band 1

Jesse Woolery, Conductor

Brian Wilson, Director of Bands

Phillip Elder, Director of Percussion


National Winner, Mark of Excellence Wind Band Honors

Harpool MS Symphonic Band

Bryan Stone, Conductor

Emily Staniszewski, Assistant Director


Citation of Excellence, Non-Varsity Wind Band Honors

Crownover MS Symphonic Band

Dr. Kyle Mullins, Conductor

Christin Bunch, Director of Bands

Fine Arts at Football Games

Audiences will see and hear students in marching band, color guard, drill team, and cheer performing at all varsity home games this season. These groups are also taking extra precautions such as social distancing and masking to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The leaders and students of these groups have done an excellent job preparing for their performances this season while implementing the mitigation guidance that continues to be provided by TEA, UIL, and Denton ISD. Here are some photos from the season openers for Braswell HS and Ryan HS.
The Greater Denton Arts Council features artwork by Denton ISD students or teachers every day on Facebook. You can see those amazing works of art at www.facebook.com/dentonarts. Many thanks to our outstanding art teachers for guiding and developing art-making skills in the students. And many thanks to GDAC for sharing these works with the public and highlighting Denton ISD's art students and art teachers. Below is a sample of the Denton ISD art being shared on the GDAC Facebook page.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant