The Denton Civic Boy Choir School
FIRST AND SECOND GRADE
Reading and Phonics: Including word analysis.
Composition: Original compositions. Punctuation.
Spelling: Minimum of 216 words. Sentences.
Arithmetic: Fundamentals. Geometric forms.
Art: Study of Paintings.
Poetry: Poems memorized. Appreciation of poetry fostered.
General Information: Science: Plants, insects, animals, elementary facts of physical science pertaining to weather, direction, etc. History: famous stories, fables, myths, and legends; biographies from American History. Geography: Stories of many lands.
THIRD GRADE EQUIVALENT
Reading: Four readers.
Composition: Expression. Subjects from mythology, history, science, reading, personal experience. Letter writing. Punctuation. Penmanship.
Spelling and Phonics: Using speller, textbook, and workbooks.
Arithmetic: Fundamentals. Reading and writing of numbers to 10,000. Simple fractions. Roman numerals. Tables: Dry, Liquid, Money, Length, Time.
History and Mythology: Famous men. Myths and legends of Greece, Rome, England, Norway, etc.
Geography: The earth, mountain country, hilly lands, plains, lakes, rivers, the sea, food, clothing, shelter.
Science: The natural and physical sciences appropriate to this age.
Picture Study: Famous paintings, correlated with other subjects.
Poetry: Memorizing and reading.
FOURTH GRADE EQUIVALENT
Reading: Three children's classics and one reader for the Fourth Grade.
Composition and Spelling: Expression, Sentence construction, Punctuation, Paragraphing. Letter writing. Dictation. Penmanship.
Arithmetic: Drill in fluency and accuracy in four processes. Multiplication tables through 9 involving combinations to 81. Multipliers of 3 numbers. Divisors of one number. Problems emphasized. Roman numerals. Perimeter and area. Simple fractions. Measures.
Grammar: Good sentence structure. Common errors, contractions, Possessives, quotations, abbreviations, etc.
History: General survey of world history from earliest time to present, using "A Child's History of the World."
Geography: General survey of world, using "A Child's Geography of the World."
Science: Elementary ideas of earth and life upon it.
Art History: Famous painting, sculpture, architecture, correlated with history.
Poetry: Memorizing and reading from attractive anthology.
FIFTH GRADE EQUIVALENT
Reading: Three children's classics and one reader for Fifth Grade.
Composition: Subjects from history, reading, geography, science, etc. Original stories, letter writing. Punctuation, paragraphing, summarizing.
Spelling: Review of Second and Third Year spelling. New work in all other subjects. Syllables, meaning of words, uses of words, division of words, etc.
Grammar: The eight parts of speech. Kinds of sentences. Subject and predicate. Diagramming of simple sentences.
Arithmetic: Review of 4 fundamental processes; long division, addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions. Roman numerals. Denominate numbers. Extensive problem and sight work.
History: Short review of world history. Thorough study of American History.
Geography: North America, with emphasis on United States.
Art History: Famous paintings, using reproductions and "A Child's History of Art."
Science: Elementary astronomy, plants, insects, migration of birds, sound, weather, the care of the body, conservation, birds of prey, machines. Experiment book provided.
Poetry: Memorizing and reading from an attractive anthology.
SIXTH GRADE EQUIVALENT
Reading: Six children's classics. One reader for sixth grade. Three tests to measure progress.
Composition: Opportunity for original work and training in composition on assigned topics from history, science, poetry, etc. Letter writing and punctuation.
Spelling: A review of Third and Fourth Year spelling. New work. All important words in other subjects, syllables, meaning and uses of words.
Grammar: Study of parts of speech. Analysis and diagramming with relative and adverbial clauses. Grammar now is for the purpose of improving sentences and developing style in writing.
Arithmetic: Review of the 4 arithmetical processes and simple fractions. More advanced work in fractions. Decimals. Percentage. Advanced work in denominate numbers and measurements. Problems of various types.
History: Ancient and Medieval.
Geography: Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America and part of Europe.
Art History: Famous sculpture using "A Child's History of Art" and reproductions.
Science: Elementary Physics, Astronomy, Zoology, Geology, Meteorology, and Hygiene. Experiment book.
Poetry: Memorizing and reading from an attractive anthology.
Reading: Two children's classics. Two anthologies of stories and poems.
Composition: Descriptive and narrative. Letter writing.
Spelling: Continued study of words and their uses. Workbook.
Grammar: Review of parts of speech. Analysis and diagramming. Matters of speech requiring special care.
Arithmetic: Seventh-grade arithmetic and review of this subject.
History: The background of modern nations.
Geography: Europe, Asia, Africa.
Art History: Famous architecture.
Science: An introduction to physics.
Poetry: Reading and memorizing from an excellent anthology.
Reading: Two anthologies of English and American prose and poetry. Two classics of American literature. Stress on reading for meaning.
Composition: Subjects from reading, personal experience and school subjects.
Spelling: Words and their uses, emphasis on words used in study, writing and speech.
Language Arts: English grammar with emphasis upon practical usage. Vocabulary Building: Special textbook.
Mathematics: General mathematics, review of arithmetic and introduction to basic concepts of geometry and algebra.
Social Studies: American government, local, state and federal. The Constitution.
Science: An enriched course in General Science.
General Science: Air Water, Food, Sun Energy, Health, Universe, Weather, Natural Resources, Communications and Transportation, Reproduction.
Mathematics: Review of arithmetic; thorough grounding in algebra to quadratic equations; covers first year algebra, introduction to geometry.
American History: Broad program presented at Ninth-Grade level.
English Grammar and Composition.
English Literature: Two anthologies of prose and poetry, one novel and a workbook.
Geography: United States.
All students will study as a group the following:
· Elements of Music ·Fundamentals of Rhythm,
· Rudiments of Music Movement, and Design
· Harmony and Theory · Fundamentals of Art
· Composition · Principles of Christianity
The fee for Day Students will be $20 a month, exclusive of Calvert fees, which average $100 per school year, depending upon the classification of the student. Also, excluded, is the cost of the noon meal.
The fee for boarding students will be $1200 per school year. This fee covers all expenses, including boarding, instruction, voice and piano lessons. Exclusive of the above are personal expenses, such as stamps, laundry, medical expenses, etc.
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The Choirboys will be housed temporarily in a building of dormitory-type, adjacent to one of the college campuses in the city of Denton, until such time as we have completed sufficient construction of buildings on the Choir's own property south of Denton's city limits.
Boys accepted in the School will be assigned certain duties necessary for their individual development and for the purpose of maintaining the institution on as economical a basis as possible. Each boy will be expected to keep his own room and personal effects, as well as to participate in a regular schedule of work planned to develop the student's individual needs.
In 1957 the Denton Civic Boy Choir was moved from the City of Denton to Fort Worth, Texas. Renamed the Texas Boys Choir it continued to grow in the 'pursuit of excellence' under the leadership and guidance of its founder and director George Bragg. In time the Texas Boys Choir gained in national and international prominence with a reputation as big as their home state of Texas. Igor Stravinsky once said the Texas Boys Choir was "the finest boychoir in the world."
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