Mr. Nadeau's

Full Grade Level Music




  • Who Participates?
    All of the 5th grade students at your school.
  • Can my student opt out?
    No.  Music is a core subject and required by the state of California. Participation in music and the arts allows one to be more well-rounded; able to cooperate with others, and communicate ideas; able to be creative, and solve problems; able to recognize, understand, and appreciate beauty in the world around us.  Music has been shown to improve both scores in other subjects, and improves motivation and attendance.
  • What are the class choices?
    Intro to Music - Band
  • What instruments can they play?
    Trumpet or Clarinet
  • Does the school district provide an instrument or do I need to rent my own?
    Each week the teacher will bring all the instruments to class each week. Students will not need to provide anything. However, if parents wish to rent or purchase an instrument for their child to practice with at home they certainly may. A list of music stores is available here.
  • Can I purchase an instrument online?
    Again, students will not need to provide anything for this class. However, if parents wish to rent or purchase an instrument for their child I'd like to stress that though we certainly cannot say do not purchase an instrument online, we certainly do not recommend it.  Purchasing an instrument online is always very risky.   You might get a good deal – you might not.  For example, purchasing a used instrument online that requires lots of repair work in order to make the instrument play is often far more expensive than obtaining a newer one from a music store to begin with.  Also, many instruments may be found online for incredibly low prices.  Unfortunately, the quality and materials used to make these instruments is often so low that the instrument will fail to function to the level needed to participate.  Also, as repair work/maintenance becomes necessary on these lower end instruments most local music stores will refuse to service them due to their low quality or simply inability to even be repaired.  Simply put, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.  Therefore, we strongly recommend going through a music store.  In that way, if anything goes wrong you can return it.