5th Grade Music Team
Sam Nickel, Chorus
Gricelda Calderon, Violin/Cello
Pete Santucci, Trumpet/Trombone
Nicole Smith, Flute/Clarinet
2019-2020 Class Schedule
Directions for returning 5th grade music instruments that are owned by RVSD.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thanks for supporting your child's music education this year! We are sad that we did not get to have our music concerts and assemblies this spring, but we music teachers sincerely hope we will get another chance to teach music to your kids in the future at White Hill when that time comes!!!!
It is time to return 5th grade instruments. If you borrowed a music instrument from the school district for your child to play during 5th grade, we are asking if you could please make arrangements to return all 5th grade instruments to White Hill Middle School on Thursday, June 4th between 10:00am-2:00pm. You do not need to sign-up for a specific time, but it would be helpful if you can email Lead Music Teacher, Pete Santucci, firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you are able to come that day, or if you will need to make other arrangements. If you rented an instrument from a local music store, you can either return it to the music store by June 30, or renew your rental. Please contact the store directly via their website or phone number.
Please read the detailed instructions below to return instruments that are owned by RVSD.
NOTE: You must wear a mask and please also wear gloves (if available) to minimize possible interaction through the window of your car with the music teacher whom you will see at White Hill. The teacher will also be wearing a mask and gloves. Please remain in your car at all times.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRIVE-THRU INSTRUMENT DROP OFF:
I look forward to hearing from you, or seeing you through the car window, very soon!
Lead Music Teacher
Ross Valley School District
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5th Grade Music Report Card Grading Rubric and Practice Guidelines
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5th grade Evening Spring Concerts in White Hill Gym
CHORUS SPRING CONCERT
Monday, May 18th, 7:00-8:00pm in the White Hill Gym - Chorus students should arrive at 6:30pm in performance attire (RVSD 5th Grade Music T-shirt with nice jeans or dark pants). This concert will also feature performances by the White Hill Choirs.
VIOLIN AND CELLO (ORCHESTRA) SPRING CONCERT
Tuesday, May 19th, 7:00-8:00pm in White Hill Gym - Violin and cello students should arrive early by 6:00pm, in performance attire (RVSD 5th Grade Music T-shirt with nice jeans or dark pants). This concert will also feature performances by the White Hill Orchestras.
CLARINET, FLUTE, TRUMPET, & TROMBONE (BAND) SPRING CONCERT
Thursday, May 21st, 7:00-8:00pm in the White Hill Gym - Students should arrive at 6:30pm in performance attire (RVSD 5th Grade Music T-shirt with nice jeans or dark pants). This concert will also feature performances by the White Hill Concert Band and Jazz 2.
5th Grade Music Choice Program Information
As a continuing part of the Ross Valley School District music program, students select the focus of their music instruction for their 5th grade year. This is called our 5th Grade Music Choice Program. All 5th grade students receive music class once per week for 60 minutes. Each student selects one of the following courses for a year-long study of music: Chorus, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, or Trumpet.
Please note that you and your child have made a choice for the entire school year. Changing to a different music class once your child has been placed may be possible during the beginning of the year, however no class changes will be made after November 1. Any possible changes before that time must be considered on a case-by-case basis, following parents’ or guardian’s contact with the music teachers, and conference with the principal and classroom teachers. (Keep in mind that any change of music class would not only require your child to complete extra work to catch up to their new classmates, but may also disrupt the flow of lessons in the new class to which he or she is switching.)
Students are expected to participate consistently and appropriately during music classes, practice every week at home, bring their instrument and music to school on music day, take responsibility for the proper care of their instrument, and attend all concerts dressed appropriately.
Parents should arrange to acquire instruments and method books by the beginning of the school year, encourage and remind their children to practice regularly, ensure that the instruments and materials arrive at school with the student on music day, help with instrument maintenance or pay for repairs (if needed), and arrange for students to attend all concerts dressed appropriately.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why are only flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin and cello offered for instrumental music study?
These are the most basic instruments in each instrument family and the easiest to manage for children. After learning any of these basic instruments, a student may easily switch to another instrument in the same family when they are older and it is more developmentally appropriate for them to do so. For example, many students begin instrumental studies on cello for a few years, and later switch to the string bass when they are older and stronger. Similarly, many students start on clarinet, and later switch to saxophone.
How will my child be affected if he/she has already started studying an instrument?
Instructors will strive to differentiate instruction to provide appropriate levels of leadership, challenge and enjoyment for each student. Students who have already had a year or more of instruction will be able to help those who are just starting. In fact, students taking on a “teacher’s assistant” role often refine and improve their musical techniques through the process of showing a beginner the basics. They not only strengthen their skills on their own instrument, but grow musically by tutoring, mentoring and inspiring other students. The instructor in charge will coordinate these activities within each class. Other students, however, may prefer to continue studying their first instrument privately at home, and choose to sing in the chorus class at school, or choose to study a different instrument at school. Many students are greatly engaged by this opportunity to learn a second instrument that they have been interested in, or to learn to sing in harmony and improve their vocal technique.
What are parents’ responsibilities?
1.) Acquire an instrument (except for chorus students) which could be rented from one of the local music stores, purchased, borrowed from someone who has an instrument that is not currently being used, or borrowed from the school district.
2.) Provide a method book ($10) and supplies to accompany the instrument. However, please do not rent an instrument or purchase a method book until you have received confirmation of your child’s placement, and specific instructions from the teacher. Chorus students will be given the option to donate $10 to help defray the cost of choral sheet music.
3.) Parents are responsible for checking and initialing students’ practice logs to verify at least 30 minutes of home practice time has occurred each week between lessons. Logs are presented in class as proof of practice and count as part of the student’s music grade.
4.) Ensure that students attend performances dressed appropriately - students will wear an RVSD 5th Grade Music t-shirt at all performances. Purchase information will be provided in the fall.
Will financial assistance be available?
Yes! We do want all students to be able to pursue their preferred selection for music class. Through YES, Ross Valley Schools Foundation, we are able to help families that cannot rent an instrument at this time, or who choose not to do so. Please contact Music Dept. Co-Lead Teacher, Pete Santucci, for more information. Your request will be confidential. All students must have equal access to the music program and we encourage families to request assistance when it is needed.
How much time should my child practice outside of music class and how can I support my child’s progress?
Students are expected to practice their music skills at home at least 30 minutes per week. Music teachers will send home more information and practice logs to support student’s at-home practice, as well as keep this music website up to date with directions for at-home practice. You can support your child by providing positive reinforcement as well as an appropriate place and time for focused, consistent practice. It is important that parents check and initial the practice log each week, and that the student presents the log to the teacher each week in class to be verified.
This core arts program is funded by the YES Foundation. Thank you for your support!