Elementary Orchestra

Beginning 4th grade orchestra students receive 25-minute small-group lessons once every five days.  Lessons are a pull-out from the regular daily schedule in rotation so that the same class is not missed every week.  Practice is a necessary element to success in orchestra.  Our practice requirement is 100 minutes per lesson.  Every child will have orchestra homework (practice) for EVERY lesson.  It is the parent’s responsibility to establish the practice routine. i.e. practice “spot” and regular time,  along with checking their child’s orchestra binder routinely for notices from teachers and lesson assignments.   Essential Elements 2000, Book 1, is the method book used, along with First Things First, by Frost.  Large-group rehearsal are added in late winter before and/or after school to give students the experience of playing in an orchestra.  

5th Grade Orchestra students (2nd year players)  meet 3 times every 2 weeks for a 50-minute orchestra class, and also have a 25-minute group lesson.   

5th graders learn how to behave in an orchestra setting,  how to follow the conductor’s baton, and how to tune an instrument.  They study complex rhythms and counting.  Essential Elements 2000, Book 2, is used in class and lessons, along with Strings Extraordinaire by Monday & McAllister. 

All students participate in two required concerts, one in the late fall, and one in early May.   5th Graders also play in a small ensemble recital in late February or March. 


Monica Hahn

•Started in Minnetonka in 2000, currently teaches orchestra at Deephaven & Minnewashta

•Bachelor of Music Education from Augsburg College

•Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of St. Thomas

•Lives in Minnetonka with her Husband, Darrin.

•We have two Daughters: RaeAnna is a 8th Grader at MME and is a cellist. Mikaela is a 5th Grader at   Deephaven, and plays the violin.  Both are in their school orchestras as well as GTCYS.

•We have a cat named George, and a Guinea Pig named Copper.

•My Family and I love to spend our summers camping, hiking and biking.

•I enjoy taking time every day to read, and practice my piano and violin…really!

Juliana Hoiseth

  • Retired Teacher Now

Ms. Huttlin

•Teaches Orchestra and Band at Scenic Heights, Minnewashta & Excelsior

•Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University

•Went to University of Minnesota for Grad School

•Has previously taught in Berlin and in a German Immersion School.

•Parents are also both music teachers!

•Has a pet rock 

•Enjoys reading, traveling, performing and composing.

Mr. Anderson

•Has taught in Minnetonka for 3 years.

•Bachelor’s of Music Education from University of Wisconsin/Madison

•Currently teaches Band & Orchestra at Scenic Heights and Clear Springs.

•Wife is also a music teacher!

•Has a kitten named Alma.

•Is the Assistant Conductor for the Calhoun Isles Community Band

•Enjoys- Reading, Hiking, Travelling and cooking/eating   really good food!