District VIII Music Festivals, Shreveport, LA, District I Music Festivals, Monroe, LA
- Fall Marching Band Festivals
- Spring Large Ensemble Festivals
- Spring Solo Ensemble Festivals
- Louisiana State Concert Honor Band
- Spring District Honor Band
- Louisiana State Jazz Ensemble
- Louisiana District Honor Band
All of the above sanctioned festivals are held each year where local and statewide ensembles give concerts and receive a rating of poor, excellent or superior. The university music program directors work as clinicians either as a director of one of the ensembles or as an adjudicator. The same sanctioned festivals are held for vocal ensembles (choir), string ensembles (orchestra).
In an effort to allow future music teachers experience in the classroom, student teachers are assigned to various schools within the Caddo, Bossier, Webster, and Quachita Parishes for a period of twelve weeks to serve as student teachers that will teach beginning music courses and assist the supervising teacher in obtaining the goal and objective of the musical programs.
Private instruction (applied classes):
The university music department faculty serve as private lesson instructors for K-12 students to help improve their performance skills whether it be instrumental or vocal. The students are able to get individualized instruction from professional musicians that specialize on the instrument in which the student is learning to play. A K-12 music specialist is not a person who specializes on all instruments or vocal categories, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass voice. Many school district music program assign students to various university music departments for specialization instruction on their chosen instrument.
The music department partnership with local schools in an effort for future music teachers to gain observational hours in a normal music classroom setting such as writing lesson plans yearly, semester, monthly, weekly, and daily. Observation of gaining experience with working with a band booster club and the everyday administrative work of the teacher and ordering buses for performances, selecting instruments for beginning students, and obtaining techniques into how to hold a successful band, choir, or orchestra rehearsal.