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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.

Benefits of Participating in a music program

  • Research shows when music is included in a student's daily learning that reading, writing, and math scores improve.
  • There is a high correlation between positive self-perception, healthy self-esteem, total interest in school activities, and the study of music.
  • College admission officers give special consideration to students who participate in their high school music programs.
  • Employers often seek out students who are a part of their high school music programs because of the student's ability to solve problems and work well with all kinds of people.
  • There is a strong bond of friendship that forms among musicians.  This bond gives musicians a sense of support and belonging that will follow them through their educational career.
Current Assignment:
All instruments use page 2-3 and/or the YouTube links for reference on assembly, hand position, and making a sound.  Go on to page 18 (or beyond) if you feel ready!  Make sure that you have the names of the notes and fingerings memorized. Look in the green box on page 6, 8, 10, 11, 16, 22, and 23. Write in #6, 21, 28, 31, and 41.  Circle and practice the concert songs: #11, 22, 27, 34, 39, Kwanzaa Celebration, 44, 47, 50, 52, 59, 65, 116, 134.  No special attire needed for the concert.  Also be sure to know the material covered in the colored boxes at the tops of pages 6-9.
Flute: Practice with correct hand position fingers close to the keys.  Practice Page 16&17 .
Clarinet: Always have more than one reed.  Practice Page 16&17.
Sax: Always have more than one reed and always use your neck strap.  Practice Page 16&17.
Brass: Practice Page 16&17.  Trumpet, tight embouchure for "Bb".
Madison Band Extra Practice times:
Monday before school (7:45-8:10) and Wednesday during morning recess.
Optional Certificate Incentive Program:
Printable Information:
Monday 8:25-9:05
Wednesday 11:00-12:05
Eric Buchen

Yvonne Zoetewey
Beginning of the Year Links:
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

Join us for our "Coffee Concert" Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019 9:00-9:30 AM in the cafeteria