1st Grade Music from September

September is coming to a close, and here are some music things we have learned this past month.

  • Playing Rhythm Sticks and following directions.

  • Playing Tambourines and following directions.

  • Acting out to the wonderful music by Leroy Anderson:  Syncopated Clock

  • Counting Songs:  Five Little Ducks and Knick Knack Paddy Whack

  • Reading the book: Have You Filled A Bucket Today along with The Bucket Filler Song

Songs we are learning so far:

In October we will explore examples of the National Anthem to become more familiar with it, and continue to learn more active and fun songs along with exploring and playing new percussion instruments.  Stay tuned!

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Music to share with your First Grade student

Here are some fun links to music we are enjoying in music class for our Kindergarten classes:

Audio Song: Music Class Today

YouTube Song and Book:  Knick Knack Paddy Whack

We have also been singing:

  • Five Little Ducks

  • B-I-N-G-O (he’s a dog that lives on a farm)

  • Willoby Walloby (he’s an elephant)

Here are a couple of videos showing how a grand piano is made.  It’s quite a feat of engineering!

Grand Piano-How It’s Made
Time Lapse--Making the Action (with great music)

Here is a picture of our new Grand Piano that was donated to our music program.


Music Fun for Students at Home


Here is an exciting resource for Vista Academy students. This interactive music website was created by Denise Gagne, a marvelous preschool and elementary music educator in Canada. I was fortunate to attend a wonderful workshop she presented with Artie Almeida this summer in Washington, DC. Included with the workshop fee was a year’s subscription to this website for me and all of my students. Hoping you find time to review it with our musicians.


You will need the username and password. I am sending this home on a flyer for all students during the week of September 19-23, 2018. You can also email me for this info at cynthiajorstad@vistausd.org. We have permission to use it for our students, but not to post it on social media.

Familias ...

Aquí hay un recurso emocionante para los estudiantes de Vista Academy. Este sitio web de música interactiva fue creado por Denise Gagne, una maravillosa educadora de preescolar y música elemental de Canadá. Tuve la suerte de asistir a un maravilloso taller que presentó con Artie Almeida este verano en Washington, DC. Incluido con el costo del taller fue la suscripción de un año a este sitio web para mí y para todos mis alumnos. Esperando que encuentres tiempo para revisarlo con nuestros músicos.


Necesitarás el nombre de usuario y la contraseña. Enviaré esta casa en un volante para todos los estudiantes durante la semana del 19 al 23 de septiembre de 2018. También puede enviarme un correo electrónico para obtener esta información a cynthiajorstad@vistausd.org. Tenemos permiso para usarlo para nuestros estudiantes, pero no para publicarlo en las redes sociales.

Welcome to 1st Grade Music!

Greetings First Grade Vista Academy Families.

My goal this year is to give you updates on music class activities about every 2 weeks.  Often I will share links that you can use at home to review and talk about what we are learning in class.  I love to hear comments, questions and ideas from you as you share musical experiences with your child. Feel free to contact me at cynthiajorstad@vistausd.org.

Saludos Familias de Vista First Academy.

Mi objetivo este año es darle actualizaciones sobre las actividades de la clase de música cada 2 semanas. A menudo compartiré enlaces que puedes usar en casa para revisar y hablar sobre lo que estamos aprendiendo en clase. Me encanta escuchar comentarios, preguntas e ideas de usted mientras comparte experiencias musicales con su hijo. No dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo en cynthiajorstad@vistausd.org.