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2020-2021  Instrumental Program

Instrumental Music

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2020-2021 Instrumental Program

Welcome to the new school year! Last year we had over 200 students involved in our outstanding instrumental music program here at Hidden Hills. We are proud to continue offering instrumental instruction to our fourth and fifth grade students at both beginning and advanced levels. Students may choose to play ensemble instruments that will prepare them to participate in the band or orchestra. The instruments offered are: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola and cello.

Hidden Hills School offers instrumental music for fourth and fifth graders by supplementing district funding with parent donations. The district supports half of the total amount needed for our instrumental music teacher. Without parental support of the music program, we would only be able to offer one lesson of instruction per week, which we believe is insufficient. Therefore, we are asking for a donation of $200 per child for the school year from every fourth and fifth grader that is interested in learning to play a musical instrument.

Students who sign up for instrumental music need to arrange for the loan, rental, or purchase of their own instrument. They will also need to purchase the book, Essential Elements for their chosen instrument. Book 1 for beginners and Book 2 for advanced. Students that sign up for instrumental music are expected to make a one year commitment along with at least 15 minutes daily practice.

Instrumental classes meet twice a week. For some students, one of these sessions may be before or after school hours. However, at least one of these sessions (and most times both sessions) will be during class time. Students are responsible for any regular class work that is missed while participating in music. 

Meet Ben Loomer - String Instrument Director

I am thrilled to be joining the Hidden Hills Elementary Family this year! I earned my Bachelor Degree in Music Education and my Credential from University of the Pacific in Stockton.


I have been teaching Instrumental and Vocal Music at Stone Valley Middle School since 2008. Since Stone Valley is the smallest middle school in the district, some years there aren’t enough music classes to be full time at one school. I’d had the privilege to work simultaneously at other schools in the district including San Ramon High School and Gale Ranch Middle School teaching Band and String classes!


I am currently a performing member with the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, a group where I also serve as the associate conductor.


I live with my wife, Meridee and our three cats in Livermore. We are expecting our first child, a boy, this November! This will definitely be an exciting year!


Meet Mariane Randall - Band Instrument Director

I am excited to be starting a new adventure as the instrumental teacher at Live Oak and Hidden Hills Elementary Schools in August, 2017.  I will be specializing in instrumental music and letting go of my other much loved specialty - general classroom music.  I look forward to this opportunity to put all of my creative energy in to continuing the strong instrumental tradition at LO and HH.


I have been teaching music for SRVUSD since 2004.  I started at Sycamore teaching general music for grades 1 and 2 and Band.  I also taught Band at Greenbrook for one year but left to build the Sycamore program to include grades K, 3 and a Strings and Chorus program.   In year 2010?  I added Bollinger Canyon's Band and Strings program.  In 2015 I came back to Greenbrook to teach General Music to grades 1,2 & 3. 

Bachelors of Music In Education Degree from Marywood University, Orff Level 1, California State Single Subject (Music K-12) Credential.  California Multiple Subject Credential K-6.
I love Classical Music and my favorite composers are Bach, Mozart, and Copland.
My go-to Happy CD is Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life!
My favorite solo instruments are Piano, Clarinet and Cello.
Favorite Radio Stations -  KQED, KXPR and many playlists on spotify.
When I'm not doing music -  I knit, quilt, hike, read and watch Masterpiece.
I have two kids -  Boys currently in their 20's and a wonderful husband!
I can't whistle!  But I can play all the instruments I teach!