Rescue Union School District

Educating for the Future, Together

Welcome to the 2021/22 School Year!

Welcome to the 2021/22 School Year!

I am very excited to be working at Rescue Union School District, teaching elementary students the lifelong skill of learning a musical instrument! 
Band is an optional enrichment activity that 5th grade students will sign up for at the beginning of the year.  There is a before school band that meets once a week from 8-8:45am and there are also 1/2 hour pull outs during the school day for students to work with me in small groups. 
4th grade classes will receive a 1/2 hour of music instruction from me each week for the entire year.  We will be working on reading rhythms, learning notes, and playing xylophones, drums, and recorders.
3rd grade classes will receive a 1/2 hour of music instruction starting in January.  We will focus on reading rhythms, learning notes, singing, and playing xylophones.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at I'm looking forward to working with your students this year!

Mila Olson
RUSD Elementary Music Teacher

Image result for music note images             Mrs. Olson               music note with heart
Sign Up for Band!

Sign Up for Band!

Ready to sign up?  Click HERE to sign up for band!  
Band starts the week of August 23rd!  Band students will have band once a week based on their school site with full band in the morning from 8-8:45 and a 1/2 hour pull out during the day.  Here is the weekly schedule by site:
Monday - Lakeview
Tuesday - Rescue
Wednesday- Jackson
Thursday- Green Valley
Friday- Lake Forest
Band Information

Band Information

Materials to bring to band each week:
  • Your Instrument (see below for choices) and materials
  • Essential Elements for Band - Book 1 for your instrument (NOTE:  the linked book is for flute.  Please find the book that is for the instrument of your choice)
  • A Pencil
Grading for Band:
Band grades are given on the student's regular report card.  They will receive a citizenship grade of S+, S, S-, or N based on the following:
  • Monthly Practice Logs: Practice is required 3x a week for 15 minutes outside of class
  • Attendance 
  • Playtests: two melodies and two rhythms to be completed each trimester 
Instrument Choices, Demonstrations, and Materials

Instrument Choices, Demonstrations, and Materialstitle

Intro to Band

Acceptable Beginning Band Instruments are the Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, and Percussion.   Click on the tabs to the right to learn more about each instrument, hear what they sound like, and what materials you will need!


Click the link below to hear the flute!
Other materials needed:  cleaning rod and cleaning cloth (any rectangular piece of absorbent cloth will work)


Click the link below to hear the clarinet!
Other materials needed:  at least 3 reeds (size 2), clarinet swab and cork grease

Alto Saxophone

Click on the link below to hear the Alto Saxophone!
Alto Saxophone
Other materials needed:  at least 3 reeds (size 2), alto sax cleaning care kit


Click below to hear the trumpet!
Other materials needed:    valve oil and slide grease


Click the link below to hear the Trombone!
Other materials needed:  slide cream and grease


Click the link below to hear the snare drum and bells!
Bell kit
Materials needed:  

Snare Drum* and Bells - practice pad, 5B Drumsticks, and a xylophone, or purchase them all together with an educational kit. 

*Students are not required to have a snare drum at home, but they will need to purchase or rent the practice pad, drumsticks, and bell kit (xylophone).

Where Do I Get My Instrument and Book?

Where Do I Get My Instrument and Book?

There are three options for acquiring a band instrument.  If you aren't sure which instrument to choose, read this article.
1) Rent from a music store.  This is your best choice when your student is starting an instrument because it gives you the flexibility to switch instruments if needed.
2) Borrow an instrument from the School District.  This option is available first to students who have financial need, then to anyone else who would like to borrow an instrument.  There are not a lot of instruments available, so instruments will be checked out on a first come, first served basis and you may not get your first choice.  You will also be provided with a used book for your instrument, if needed, or you may purchase a new one. If you would like to borrow an instrument, please indicate on the sign up form or contact me at  You will also need to turn in a District Instrument Check-Out Form before your student can bring their instrument home. 
3)  Purchase an instrument, or use an instrument owned by a family member.  Purchasing an instrument presents a couple challenges:  Your student may change their mind or find that a different instrument is a better fit for them.  Also, make sure you purchase a quality instrument that is in good working order. 
Do NOT purchase cheap wind instruments on Amazon (ex. Mendini, Glory)  These instruments are made of cheap materials and may work fine to start with, but are hard/impossible to repair.  If you are considering purchasing an instrument on Amazon, please email me first to check to make sure the instrument is a quality instrument.  If using a family member's instrument, please make sure the instrument is in good working order.  
Books** can be found at music stores in the area or online (like on Amazon).  Make sure to purchase the Essential Elements 2000 or Essential Elements for Band, Book 1, for your specific instrument.  (FYI:  Clarinet is listed as Bb Clarinet on the method book.)
**You can support our local retailer, Sabado School of Music in Cameron Park by purchasing your Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 book HERE. Shipping is free and the store will get credit for the sale!  El Dorado Hills Music also carries these books.
Instrument Rental Information

Instrument Rental Information

There are several music stores in the area you can visit to rent an instrument and purchase an Essential Elements for Band, Book 1 (for your instrument):
873 Embarcadero Dr., Suite #1
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762  

636 E. Bidwell St.

Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 983-0763 

8091 Greenback Lane 
Citrus Heights (behind Beach Hut Deli)
McLaughlin Studios
3470 Swetzer Road
Loomis, CA 95650
They offer the first month Free!