The choir program at the middle school begins with group instruction in the sixth grade. These classes meet daily and focus on establishing and developing basic musical and performance skills. The classes combine on two or more occasions during the year to present concerts for the parents and public. In the seventh and eighth grades, students are provided an opportunity to enroll in either treble, tenor/bass, or mixed choir.
The goal of the program at the middle school is to introduce the student to choral techniques and to develop an appreciation of music. These choirs perform from three to five concerts each year, including performances for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) concert and sightreading events. Students may elect to participate in the MISD solo-ensemble contest or TMEA all-region choir, to further develop their individual musicianship. Rehearsal time outside the school day is usually limited.
The high school choirs challenge the student with more varied and difficult literature than that provided in the middle schools. Students are given a broader range of music with more demanding vocal techniques. Participation in UIL and TMEA events continues in the high school years. In addition to the local performance opportunities, the high school choirs take an in-state, overnight trip to a performance festival every year.
Throughout the years, the middle school and high choirs from the McKinney ISD have performed at major conventions and competitions across the nation, including appearances at the Texas Music Educators Association convention.
Jazz or show choirs, and madrigal groups, are offered as an after school program at the high school level. At each high there is a jazz choir/show choir that meets daily. Students are auditioned for placement in this group. Jazz or show choirs from all the high schools perform several concerts throughout the year, as well as entering selected competitions at local universities.