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 and Learning about Instruments of the Orchestra 9-17-16

We have two fun activities going on in 3rd 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??

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 3rd Grade Music!

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

  • Tuesdays 10:55-11:35 with Mrs. Chilcote's Class
  • Tuesdays 12:20-1:00 with Mrs. Bigg's Class
  • Thursdays from 10:55-11:35 with Mrs. Scott-Gonzalez's Class
  • Thursdays from 12:20-1:00 with Mr. Maldonado's Class

During our first week of music class, our Third Graders learned their new seats and we took pictures for the Music Seating Chart while singing the "Name Game" song.  We also reviewed the National Anthem, connecting it to the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the Olympics.  We reviewed the words to  the song "The Bulldog Boogie" which is shared every Monday at the Bulldog Boogie. We also worked together to play and perform on hand drums in various patterns and rhythms.

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!!

Third grade students are invited to audition for our after school choir, Vista Voices, which meets on Wednesdays from 2:45-4:30. More information is posted here. Also, we are looking for some helpful and willing parents to assist during our Wednesday 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.