My name is Dakota Reynolds and I am in my third year as the Assistant Director with the Ponder High School and Junior High Bands. I am a graduate of
    the University of North Texas certified in teaching all music for EC-12. I originally started playing the flute in 6th grade and since then have taken my love of music to learn how to perform on a multitude of instruments. I am a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, the International Professional Music Fraternity, the National Association for Music Education, and the Texas Music Educators Association.

    Please feel free to contact me if there are any questions or concerns about the program or the materials that your students are learning on a daily basis. 


    Why Fine Arts?

    As described by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):
       "The fine arts incorporate the study of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts to offer unique experiences and empower students to explore realities, relationships, and ideas. These disciplines engage and motivate all students through active learning, critical thinking, and innovative problem solving. The fine arts develop cognitive functioning and increase student academic achievement, higher-order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills, making the fine arts applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, social skills, and everyday life. Students develop aesthetic and cultural awareness through exploration, leading to creative expression. Creativity, encouraged through the study of the fine arts, is essential to nurture and develop the whole child."