Elementary Music Program
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 available to all 4th and 5th Grade students. Please click on your school listed to the left to find a detailed band schedule and important concert dates. Scroll down to look at the materials needed for band, and use the link below to sign up for band!
Materials to bring to your scheduled band class:
- Your Instrument (see below for choices) and materials
- Essential Elements for Band - Book 1 for your instrument (NOTE: the linked book is for flute)
- A Pencil
Acceptable 4th and 5th Grade Band Instruments and materials needed:
(Links below are examples of what to buy on Amazon. You do not need to purchase through Amazon or purchase the exact item shown.)
- Flute - cleaning rod and cleaning cloth (any rectangular piece of absorbent cloth will work)
- Clarinet - at least 3 reeds (size 2), clarinet swab and cork grease
- Trumpet - valve oil and slide grease
- Trombone - slide cream and a pocket size slide sprayer
- Percussion: 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) and bring those to class.
5th Grade students who have played a wind instrument for at least one year can continue on an instrument listed above or switch to one of the following instruments:
- Alto Saxophone (a few are available through the school) - at least 3 reeds (size 2), alto sax cleaning care kit
- Bass Clarinet (a couple are available through the school) - at least 3 reeds (size 2), cleaning swab and cork grease
- French Horn - valve oil and slide grease
- Baritone - valve oil and slide grease
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 (see below for options). This is your best choice when your student is starting an instrument because you don't know if that is the instrument they will stay on.
2) 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 instruments on Amazon for $100 or less. These instruments are made of cheap materials and may work fine to start with, but are hard/impossible to repair. If using a family member's instrument, please make sure the instrument is in good working order.
For repairs, I recommend taking your instrument to:
8091 Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights (behind Beach Hut Deli)
3) Borrow an instrument from the School District. This option is available to students who have financial need. 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 book for your instrument. If you have financial need and would like to borrow an instrument, please indicate your need on the sign up form or contact me at email@example.com.
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.)
There are several music stores in the area you can visit to rent an instrument and purchase a book:
The Music Yard Order online and they will deliver to your school!
873 Embarcadero Dr., Suite #1
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
636 E. Bidwell St.
Folsom, CA 95630
Gottschalk Musical Instruments
(Call and they will deliver to your school)