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5th Grade Band

 
 
Welcome! We are excited to share that the elementary band program will continue thanks to the generous, continuous support of the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation (RBEF). The 5th grade band teachers are Mrs. Zoetewey and Mr. Buchen. We are a traveling team, visiting each school site twice each week to provide high quality music instruction. By working together, we are able to focus on specific instruments in smaller groups, giving students more focused attention and instruction.
 
 
Our next (last) Concert is Tuesday June 2nd at 8:30 in the Cafeteria.  No special dress required
 
Remember to keep a pencil in your instrument case.
The Certificate Incentive Program is up and running!  See below for details...
 
Current Assignment:
 
Flute:  Use the video link and/or use the book Pg. 2-3 to properly put together your instrument and form good playing habits.  Use the head joint as directed to find the sweet spot for your air.  Use the green boxes to play and memorize Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Ab.  Practice through pages 17-21 being sure you understand how the time signature and key signature affect playing the music, how a dot after a note adds half more value to the note, the different tempo markings, and how to play accents and count multiple measure rests. Work ahead as needed.
 
Clarinet:  Use the video link and/or use the book Pg. 2-3 to properly put together your instrument and form good playing habits.  Be careful with the bridge key while assembling the upper and lower pieces.  Use the green boxes to play and memorize C, D, E, F, G, A, B, Bb. Practice through pages 17-21 being sure you understand how the time signature and key signature affect playing the music, how a dot after a note adds half more value to the note, the different tempo markings, and how to play accents and count multiple measure rests. Work ahead as needed.
 
Saxophone:  Use the video link and/or use the book Pg. 2-3 to properly put together your instrument and form good playing habits.  Make sure your neck strap is tightened correctly while you play.  Use the green boxes to play and memorize G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, F. Practice through pages 17-21 being sure you understand how the time signature and key signature affect playing the music, how a dot after a note adds half more value to the note, the different tempo markings, and how to play accents and count multiple measure rests. Work ahead as needed.
 
Trumpet:  Use the video link and/or use the book Pg. 2-3 to properly put together your instrument and form good playing habits.  Do not push or pound (even lightly) on your mouthpiece to avoid it getting stuck.  Use the green boxes to play and memorize C, D, E, F, G, A, B, Bb. Practice through pages 17-21 being sure you understand how the time signature and key signature affect playing the music, how a dot after a note adds half more value to the note, the different tempo markings, and how to play accents and count multiple measure rests. Work ahead as needed.
 
Trombone:  Use the video link and/or use the book Pg. 2-3 to properly put together your instrument and form good playing habits.  Be sure not to grip the slide too tightly with your right hand.  Use the green boxes to play and memorize Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Ab. Practice through pages 17-21 being sure you understand how the time signature and key signature affect playing the music, how a dot after a note adds half more value to the note, the different tempo markings, and how to play accents and count multiple measure rests. Work ahead as needed.
 
 
Beryl Band Extra Practice Times:
Tuesday right after band during lunch
 
Optional Certificate Incentive Program:
Printable Information:
     Some students who have been participating in the certificate "tests" and/or who take private lessons are ready to try and play more familiar songs.
     Most of the local stores have these solo books for purchase (usually sorted by instrument in the store).  Look for the word "Easy" on the front cover and to be safe, have the student look through the book to be sure they know most of the notes.
     To the left is a link for a Clarinet Disney solo book on Amazon to give you an idea.  Be sure to get the correct instrument!  Harry Potter and Star Wars music is also very popular...
BAND SCHEDULE:
Tuesday 11:45-12:30
Thursday 11:45-12:30
 
BAND CONTACT INFORMATION:
Eric Buchen
ebuchen@rbusd.org

Yvonne Zoetewey
yzoetewey@rbusd.org
 
Beginning of the Year Links:
 
Click here to access the district instrument loan form:
 
 
Free Book Software:
 

Helpful YouTube link for beginning flute:

YouTube Flute

 

Beginning clarinet:

YouTube Clarinet

 

Beginning saxophone:

YouTube Saxophone

 

Beginning trumpet:

YouTube Trumpet

 

Beginning trombone:

YouTube Trombone

Example of a fun solo book for Clarinet.  Available at a local store or on Amazon.