Elementary Band

Band Class

Band is a curricular class which begins in grade 5 and continues through grade 12. The 5th grade band class utilizes woodwind, brass and percussion instruments to continue students’ elementary music education.

Elementary students who enroll in band class will learn:

  • The fundamentals of their instrument
  • How to perform as an individual and as part of an ensemble
  • How to improve their music reading abilities

Students will also be challenged to improve their skills and knowledge in:

  • Listening
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Music Diversity

The band schedule and expectations include:

  • Small group lessons once a week
  • Large group classes three times every two weeks
  • Up to three co-curricular concerts throughout the school year
  • At-home practicing is essential to student learning

Contact Us

Clear Springs: David Davis, david.davis@minntonkaschools.org
Scenic Heights: Mary Beth Huttlin, marybeth.huttlin@minnetonkaschools.org
Excelsior & Groveland: Wade Lutterbein, wade.lutterbein@minnetonkaschools.org
Deephaven & Minnewashta: Cheryl Pikal, cheryl.pikal@minnetonkaschools.org

Band students playing instruments.


What instruments can join?

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, and Percussion (percussion includes bells and drum pad in 5th grade).

What instrument will be best for my child to learn?

It depends on the child; elementary band teachers will meet individually with each student who signs up for band to help him or her find the best fit among the instruments he or she is interested in.

My child has never learned an instrument before, can they still join band?

Yes! No prior instrument experience needed, anyone can join!

How do I obtain an instrument?

Most families rent or buy from music stores. Some instruments can be rented from the school.

What if I can't afford an instrument?

Don’t let that stop your child from learning! Through a district scholarship program, the band teachers will help you find an instrument. Contact your band teacher for more information.

Can we use a family instrument?

Yes, as long as it is in good repair. However, just because you already own an instrument does not necessarily mean it is the best fit for your child.

My child might be interested in band later; can they join in middle school instead?

In Minnetonka, 5th grade is where beginners start and lessons are provided. It is challenging to join band after 5th grade since the Middle School Band will already be at a more advanced stage.

Listen to the Band Instruments