Performing Arts

Orchestra performing

Shawnee Mission recognizes the benefit of studying the arts for students to inspire creativity, to develop critical thinking skills, and to engage in problem solving and cooperative teamwork. Dedication to this curricular area helps prepare students for success in the concept and design age of the 21st century.

The success of arts students in Shawnee Mission is a direct result of a strong standards-based curriculum and a talented staff dedicated to high achievement for all students. All arts teachers participate in district wide​ professional learning communities, which provide a culture of collaboration. This ensures continued development of best practices and performance-based assessments to promote student achievement.

Click for the 2018-19 Festival Calendar. These festivals are free to the public to attend.
2018-19 Festival Calendar

Click for a list representing the quality brand band instruments recommended by the Shawnee Mission instrumental teaching staff; accessories, both required and optional, are also itemized. 

Recommended Band Instrument Vendors

Click to view the list representing the quality brand strings recommended by the Shawnee Mission instrumental teaching staff; accessories, both required and optional, are also itemized. 
Recommended String Instrument Vendors

Click for information on Johnson County music merchants who have agreed to provide sales and rental service for band and orchestra instruments, in accordance with the standards and policies of the Shawnee Mission School District.
Recommended Sales and Rental Vendors

Click for information on Johnson County music merchants who have agreed to provide repair service for band and orchestra instruments, in accordance with the standards and policies of the Shawnee Mission School District.
Recommended Repair Vendors
Please direct any questions to:
Bill Thomas
Music Facilitator
billthomas@smsd.org