5th Grade Parents and Students
Come Join Us!
Why is music important - why now?
Great insightful local article by
The Dallas Morning News...
"Music Education hits all the right notes."
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to know anything about music to join band?
Nope! Everything you need to know to play an instrument will be taught in your band class. Any previous training in music you may have will be very helpful, but not necessary.
Can I still be in athletics, choir, orchestra & other school groups?
YES. We encourage our band students to participate in athletics & other school activities. Many of our band students are very successful athletes, terrific singers, as well as ACADEMIC leaders of our school!
Who will be in band?
Your friends and fellow classmates will join you in what will be some of the most exciting and fun times of your school experience. The more friends, the most fun! With over 260 band students at Shadow Ridge, and still growing,
the band is the largest single organization. Many of our students are the school leaders and among the most successful students at The Ridge.
What fun things will we do in band?
The best reward is learning to play an instrument and make music! You will experience many parties, trips, concerts, contests & performances throughout the year!
Asthma? Braces? Is it possible?
ABSOLUTELY! There are good instrument options for every student who wants to be in band. We have many students that have braces and/or asthma. Playing a wind instrument can actually be beneficial for those with asthma as it helps strengthen the lungs.
The flute is the smallest of the beginner instruments. It is a very popular selection each year, but only a small portion of those wishing to play flute will be selected.
Flute players should have a slight “frown” to the upper lip
with NO tear drop shape in the middle. Flute tones are produced by being able to focus an extremely small airstream to an exact location on the tone hole.
The tear-drop-shaped lip will make it difficult to direct the air so precisely. Flute players should also have agile fingers for moving this multi-keyed instrument through a fast musical passage. Students with extreme overbites (receded jaw) should avoid choosing flute as this makes it difficult to produce
Students with double-jointed fingers should avoid selecting flute as double-jointedness can cause lack of agility in the fingers.