My name is Dakota Reynolds and I am in my fifth year as the Assistant Band Director for Ponder ISD, primarily working with the Junior High bands as well as assisting with the HS Band. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas certified in teaching all levels of music. I originally started playing the flute in 6th grade and use my musical experiences throughout my life to help the next generations develop a love of music.
Not every student will go on to become a professional musician or educator; my goal is to help students appreciate music on a different level and develop a better understanding for the ways music can help us all communicate. It is a success if a student leaves my classroom feeling like they were able to better express themselves or understand others in some way.
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."