5th Grade Brass

  • Need a Practice Log?

    If you need the Wednesday Music Practice log for Manor and Wade Thomas students, click here!

    If you need the Thursday Music Practice log for Brookside and Hidden Valley students, click here!

    Music Grading Rubric

    Also please make sure you have read your Music Grading Rubric with your parents so that you know what you are being graded on during music class this year.

    Make sure you have your instrument and book:
    Essential Elements for Band, Trumpet Book 1, Hal Leonard Publications
    Essential Elements for Band, Trombone Book 1, Hal Leonard Publications

    If you need help, have your parents email me at psantucci@rossvalleyschools.org and I will help!

    DON'T FORGET!!! If you don't have the book yet, please order it now or buy it from The Magic Flute music store. The book is Essential Elements for Band,Book 1. (Yellow Book.)
    Or you can order it directly from the publisher:


    Instrument Information:
    Please visit one of the following locations if you are able to rent an instrument. You may rent an instrument from a local music store, or borrow one from the school district. You should also be able to purchase any of the method books assigned below, and the staff can help answer any questions about additional accessories and supplies you will need.

    The Magic Flute
    182 Northgate One, San Rafael CA 94903
    (415) 479-3112

    In previous years, the music stores have occasionally run out of books and rental instruments as the fall approaches. Some music stores will allow you to rent an instrument now, without an additional fee for the summer months. Our goal is for every student to be ready to start playing when school begins.

    Please! – Do not purchase low cost instruments from Target, Costco, or discount websites! They are often of very poor quality, may not play properly, and can make learning an instrument frustrating and difficult for students. It is, however, sometimes possible to borrow or purchase used instruments that are of good quality. Please contact us for advice.

    The school district owns a small number of instruments that can be loaned to students for the year. If you are interested in using a district-owned trumpet or trombone, please contact Music Department Co-Lead Teacher, Pete Santucci. The YES Foundation pays to have each school instrument cleaned and repaired each year. A suggested $50 donation is requested for each loaned instrument to help with its maintenance, but any amount will help with this effort. This donation is completely voluntary and is not required. All discussions will be kept confidential.

    ·         Trumpet or cornet, case labeled with student’s name
    ·         High-quality valve oil (Blue Juice or Al Cass)
    ·         Cleaning cloth or rag
    ·         Essential Elements for Band, Trumpet Book 1, Hal Leonard publications
    ·         Pencil (required for every class)

    ·         Trombone, case labeled with student’s name
    ·         Slide lubricant (slide oil, slide cream, or Slide-O-Mix)
    ·         Cleaning cloth or rag
    ·         Essential Elements for Band, Trombone Book 1, Hal Leonard publications
    ·         Pencil (required for every class)

    Students learning an instrument will also benefit from having a folding music stand for practicing at home.

    It is expected that all fifth graders will set aside 30 minutes to practice their instrument or chorus music per week. Students will have a practice log in their music books or chorus folders to keep track of practice time. Music teachers will check for practice log completion with parent initials each week as part of each student's trimester grade in music. Please help students to schedule consistent times to work on the concepts we cover in class, and help them to set up a dedicated place to practice, where they will not be distracted by other activities.

    Instrument Care:
    Each instrument requires different accessories and maintenance supplies. Directions for instrument care will be included in the method book, and you can also find helpful video instructions for instrument maintenance and cleaning by searching on YouTube. Instruments should always be carried in the case and handled with care. If repairs are needed during the school year, it is critical the instrument be taken to the music store for repairs in a timely manner so that students don’t miss instruction or get behind in class.

    ALL Ross Valley fifth grade brass students are invited to perform at the evening band concerts at White Hill Middle School in February and May.

    ​Students will wear an RVSD 5th Grade Music t-shirt at all performances. Purchase information will be provided in the fall.

    Fifth grade music students will also perform at daytime assemblies at each school site in December and May/June.