In March, three of Pershing Middle School's choral ensembles attended the UIL
Concert & Sight Reading Assessment. In the same manner that STAAR aims to
measure student mastery through various subject tests, UIL assessment for music
courses provides a framework for teaching that ensures daily instruction is
geared toward student mastery of our TEKS. Each ensemble must perform three
selections of choral literature from the state-approved list, followed by a
formal music literacy assessment. In the same way that an individual school
does not “win the STAAR test,” an individual school cannot “win UIL.” The fact
that ensembles who earn perfect scores receive a trophy is misleading because
UIL for music courses is not a competition where there are winners and losers.
Any ensemble that meets standards can earn a first division score. Pershing Middle School is proud
to report that their Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Women’s Chorus each
earned a first division score in performance and music literacy. For those who
are interested, links to their performance recordings are below.