Music classes are available at every grade level offered at Shelton. In Lower and Upper Elementary, music is a "specials" class that every student takes. In fifth grade, students experience specials in both instrumental music and, new this year, vocal music. We also have a fourth- and fifth-grade Honor Choir after school. By Middle School and through Upper School, instrumental and vocal music classes are electives that are available to the students if they choose to continue. Middle school students can also choose to be involved in after school music ensembles such as Shelton Singers (honor choir), Beginner Band, Concert Band, and Drumline.
In Upper School, the main music ensembles are credit classes that meet every day all year. The Upper School Choir is called “Vocal Charge.” Singers work together to prepare three choir concerts each year, as well as preparing solos for TPSMEA and TAPPS Solo and Ensemble competitions and the ISAS Fine Arts Festival. Upper School Band students rehearse during class for Holiday and Spring concerts, as well as playing at various school and sporting events throughout the year. Upper School Drumline meets after school to rehearse and they play a major role in supporting school spirit at pep rallies, sporting events, and various other school activities. Upper School Band and Drumline also participate in the ISAS Fine Arts Festival.
In Upper Elementary, Middle and Upper School, band and drumline are taught by a group of talented teachers from Music Learning Band led by directors Jerry Bishop and Ken Utz. They offer programs on campus during and after school, as well as on Saturdays.
Shelton's Choir Director/Vocal Music Instructor Blair King in his 25th year of teaching at Shelton. He launched the Upper School Choir program in 2011, and began developing middle school vocal music classes over the next few years, along with after school choirs for Middle and Upper Elementary students. He’s also been musical director/conductor for Upper School musical productions for the past 11 years, including Shrek the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hello Dolly!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and many more. He was appointed the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Arts District Chorale (ADC), an adult concert chorale that performs in venues all around the city. He’s work in professional theatre as a musical director and concert, most recently with the Firehouse Theatre’s production of Matilda the Musical, in 2021. He is a 1996 graduate of the Texas Tech University School of Music, and proud father of Nate, a 17-year-old junior trombone player who attends R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton.