String Examples on You Tube

We have enjoyed watching these examples of string instruments in our music classes this week. (We will finish with strings next Tuesday, September 27th.)  Some of the kids asked for the links, so here you go.  I think you will enjoy watching them together.  Ms. J

Instrument with YouTube Link

String Bass

  • Song Title: The Elephant
  • Composer:  Camille Saint-Saens
  • Performer:  Francesco Tesei


  • Song Title:  The Swan
  • Composer:  Camille Saint-Saens
  • Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma


  • Song Title:  Happy
  • Composer:  Pharell Williams
  • Performer:  Jeremy Green


  • Song Title: Enlightened Play
  • Composer: ?
  • Performers:  Pyongyang, North Korea concert for alumni of Preschool Children

String Quartet

  • Song Title:  Stereo Hearts
  • Composer:  Maroon Five
  • Performers: Joyous String Quartet

Mrs. Jortad


Reading Music & Learning About Instruments of the Orchestra 9-17-16

We have two fun activities going on in 2nd Grade Music right now.

Learning to reach rhythms and play them on the tambourine.

Exploring Instruments of the Orchestra

Introducing the Orchestra and four instrument families

  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion

Exploring the Brass Instruments

  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Tuba

Coming Soon:  Exploring the String Instruments (Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass)

Here are two wonderful examples we found on YouTube:

It might be fun to watch these short videos with your child, and see what they remember or know about the various instruments.  Which are most interesting to them?  Would they like the job of being the conductor??

Please stay in touch, with concerns, questions and/or suggestions.  If you have any experience and would like to volunteer to demonstrate any of these instruments, I guarantee you play better than I do!  But I am a risk-taker, so it's all good.

Please be sure to contact me with any concerns, questions or suggestions you have!

  • School Email:
  • Music Room Phone:  (760) 726-2170 Ext. 44316
  • Ms Jorstad's Website:

Welcome to 2nd Grade Music!

Greetings, new and returning families.  I am looking forward to getting reacquainted with returning second grade students and meeting a few new ones beginning the week of August 22-26. Second grade music classes will meet weekly at the following times:

  • Wednesdays 1:10-1:50 with Mrs. Sellier's Class
  • Wednesdays 1:50-2:30 with Mrs. Shaver's Class
  • Thursdays from 1:10-1:50 with Mrs. Chadwick's Class
  • Thursdays from 1:50-2:30 with Mrs. Surrey's Class

In Second Grade, we have had a good beginning in music class.  We found our new seats, and took our pictures for our Music Seating Chart to help Ms. J with student names.  We sang the "Name Game" song, reviewed "The National Anthem" in relation to the Olympics and Gold Medal ceremonies, and reviewed the words to "The Bulldog Boogie."  We also played patterns and rhythms with hand drums, working to play together in ensemble.

Cindy, Cindy boe bindy
Banana-fana foe findy
Me my moe mindy

Billy, Billy boe billy
Banana-fana foe filly
Me my moe milly


  • Be Safe
  • Be Understanding
  • Be Respectful
  • Give Your Best Effort
  • Be Sure, Be Sure, Be Sure--I'm Sure, I'm Sure, I'm Sure!!

Second grade students are invited to audition for our after school choir, Bulldog Pups, which meets on Tuesdays from 2:45-4:00.  More information is posted here.  Also, we are looking for some helpful and willing parents to assist during our Tuesday after school rehearsals.  This is an important but fun job--and you are welcome to participate in our music activities, if you like.

You are always welcome to leave me a question or comment at my email: or on my school phone:  (760) 726-2170 Ext. 44316.