Concert Band is a year-long course. Students with unusual circumstances can take the course for one semester with permission of the instructor. Students who enroll generally have at least one year of experience with a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument though some beginning players can be accommodated with the permission of the instructor. This course introduces students to the performance of instrumental music. Emphasis is placed on instrumental technique, quality sound production, accurate reading of pitches and rhythm, and the intricacies of ensemble playing. Daily rehearsals lead to performances within the Baylor community and beyond. Evaluation is based on demonstrated daily class preparation/participation, responsible participation in all band activities and events, and participation in all performances. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in several solo and ensemble concerts throughout the year. Generally, the band performs a Holiday Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. In the spring, the band traditionally travels to participate in a festival or professional masterclass. Participation in this trip is highly encouraged.

Orchestra is a year-long course. Students with unusual circumstances can take the course for one semester with permission of the instructor. All students from beginner to advanced with an interest in playing string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano) are encouraged to participate. This course introduces students to the performance of instrumental music. Emphasis is played on instrumental technique, quality sound production, accurate reading of pitches and rhythm, and the intricacies of ensemble playing. Daily rehearsals lead to performances within the Baylor community and beyond. Evaluation is based on demonstrated daily class preparation/participation, responsible participation in all orchestra activities and events, and participation in all performances. Many students perform in the several solo and ensemble concert offered each year. Generally, the orchestra performs a Holiday Concert in December and a Spring Concert in May. In the spring, the orchestra travels with the band and performs at festival or in a Masterclass. Participation in this trip is highly encouraged.