Welcome to Music!

My name is Donna Hochhauser and this is my 11th year teaching at TRS.  This year I teach 3rd & 4th grades.  
I have been a professional musician, actress, and singer for almost 40 years and I look forward to sharing my musical knowledge with your child.  Students are assessed on Preparedness, Class Participation, and  Performance based upon, among other factors, homework completion, the occasional written quiz, and classroom observations of singing & playing (recorder) performances.

My class expectations are fairly simple: Your child should have their 2-pocket music folder, recorder/recorder book (when applicable), functional earbuds for the Chromebook and a pencil (with an eraser) for every class.
Easy, right?!  :)
May I suggest that your child keeps their recorder & book in their backpack at all times.  This way, it is always there to practice at home and then it will always be there to come back to school for class.  Excessive "forgetting" of any of the above will result in a poor assessment of Preparedness.
Students should also bring their attention, critic's ear & voice, and good manners as they sing & play for me and their peers. Your child should know to speak or play ONLY when called upon.  Excessive calling out, unwillingness to perform or under-performing will result in a poor assessment of Class Participation and/or Performance.

Each student/class sees me once a week for 46 minutes and homework assignments are written in their assignment pads if applicable, on the classroom whiteboard, in the Music Google Classroom and/or in the recorder book.  Students are expected to practice EVERY DAY to total at least 35 minutes per week and will be tested on singing or playing various pieces throughout the year. 
If your child wants to practice more than 35 minutes/week---that's great!  :)
Please join your child's Music Google Classroom!  3rd grade code: fjg2u3s.   4th grade code: x3np2cy
FYI: I am also Musical Director of the 5th & 6th grade Chorus & Bell Choir---the cream of the musical crop here at TRS.  Auditions for these groups are held at the end of the school year for the following year and are open to 4th & 5th graders.  A child may audition for either or both groups.  These ensembles perform at a variety of school and community functions and serve to provide a more rigorous musical experience for these chosen students.

Questions?  Please email me at [email protected]
I look forward to a year of musical fun!
PARENTS: Please make sure to read & sign your child's letter about Classroom Rules for Music.
Send back the bottom portion!