Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lucius on NPR

Music Listeners,

The best thing since sliced bread is Lucius on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series:

Enjoy.
Mr. Kozak


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NPO PSA Extension – for real

Grade 9 Students,

After logging in as a student and looking at all of your assignments and tests this week, I have decided to extend the deadline for NPO PSA video submission until Monday, April 1. Since I have both classes on Tuesday, we can finish the peer-assessments at that time – as long as everyone completes the first step of the assignment by submitting your videos.

Mr. Kozak

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Rhythm dictation

Music Students,

We regularly use musictheory.net to learn about and take quizes on scales, note durations, chords, and a variety of other fundamental music basics. The only drawback to the site is the lack of rhythm training.

That is why everyone needs to bookmark teoria.com.

There is a section of the site that trains your rhythmic dictation ability. That’s when you hear a rhythm, then you have to write it out on a staff.


You can customize the training for specific note durations, so if you think that half notes and quarter notes are too easy, you can eventually add eighth notes, noted notes, and triplets. You can also do exercises in simple or compound meter. 

I would go there right now to check it out and see where your level is – especially Grade 8 students, since we will have a quiz next class.

Mr. Kozak

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Body Percussion videos – Take 2

Grade 8,

After researching, watching videos, and thinking about how to improve your previous attempt (or recreate one all together), I videotaped your second performances. In your Music Journals, give a score to each group out of 6 (referencing the Creative Rubric) and write a few sentences (referencing the elements of music) about each group’s performance. 

Also, write something about what you did to contribute to the group’s success.

Peer assessment is something that needs to be practiced as much as the actual performance creation so that you can develop your communication regarding artistic values.

Ask yourselves:
Why are some performances better than others?
How does an ensemble prepare for a performance?
How does one be creative (even if they don’t feel like it)?

Mr. Kozak

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Maori Stick Game lyrics

Grade 6, 

Here are the lyrics we will ruse for the Maori stick Game:


E hine, hoki mai ra

E papā Waiari,
Taku nei mahi
Taku nei mahi
He tuku roimata

Ē aue, ka mate au
E hine hoki mai rā

Māku e kaute Ō hīkoitanga
Māku e kaute Ō hīkoitanga
Ē aue, ka mate au
E hine hoki mai rā
E papā Waiari
Taku nei mahi
Taku nei mahi
He tuku roimata
Ē aue, ka mate au
E hine  hoki mai rā
E hine  hoki mai rā


Mr. Kozak

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Jazz – from PBS.org

Students,

Here’s a great site to get to know jazz.
Mr. Kozak

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Jazz presentaions

Students,

Both classes have been working on presentations about the characteristics of jazz, reggae, rock, Latin, and funk music. This will once again help you to practice your BIG6 research skills.

Here is the first presentation. We will critique it next class.

Mr. Kozak



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Robert Johnson’s music

Grade 7,

Here is a snapshot (not Snapchat) of what we learned through your presentations comparing Robert Johnson and modern music:


We will discuss these points next class.

Mr. Kozak

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Genres of Jazz

Grade 7,

As we continue to listen to jazz and blues music, we need to study rhythm notation as well. You copied the rhythms that we clapped, but eventually you will have to listen and write a rhythms without seeing them on staff paper.

We should be able to finish our shared Google presentation on five genres of jazz/improvised music (Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Blues, and Latin) very soon.

Students need to make a professional-looking, interesting, informative presentation about the five genres we have studied from Magic GarageBand.
You need:
– the name of the genre
– the musical elements that can be heard
– the name of a famous band/musician
– a picture


Both classes will complete a presentation.

Mr. Kozak


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Blues Adventure

Intermediate Band,

Practice both lines A and B for line number 68 – Blues Adventure. We are definitely playing this for the Spring Concert.

Mr. Kozak

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