Monthly Archives: March 2013

NPO PSA

Grade 9 Students,

After you have uploaded your thirty second NPO PSA video into the StudyWiz gallery
and
after you have written a self-assessment on your process
and
after you have critiqued three other peer videos in your Journals
and 
after you complete this all by Wednesday, March 20, 2013…..




you can take a break.
Mr. Kozak


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Rhythm dictation, body percussion, meter

Grade 8,

We have started our body percussion assignment and you have all completed your research in the Google Doc. 

Then we split the class:
Girls – you had to write the rhythm of Gangnam Style
Boys – you practiced the E and F required on trombone/baritone/French horn for the Rocky theme for the Spring Concert

We will switch next class.

Mr. Kozak

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Rhythm copying

Grade 6,

We clapped, then wrote rhythms on your music staff paper. 

Whenever you hear a rhythm in music, whether it’s the singer, guitar, or snare drum, try to picture it in your mind as notes on paper. This takes a lot of practice.

Next time, we’ll do some African dancing.

Don’t forget to check your local 100 yen shop to see if they sell rolling pins!

Mr. Kozak

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10 minutes every day

Beginner Band Students and Parents,

Practicing for (at least) ten minutes everyday is much better than an hour Sunday night to prepare for band rehearsal.

Try that as your goal this week while you practice lines 35, 39, and 42 – and don’t forget Rocky!

Mr. Kozak

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Robert Johnson’s music

Grade 7 Students,

Comparing and contrasting Robert Johnson’s music to a modern pop group means that you have to refer to the elements of music, then use your own experience. Anyone can look up the basic facts online, so that’s not important. The ability to independently think about music is the goal.

Here is what we learned:


Mr. Kozak

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Body rhythm- Take 1

Grade 8,

A class without computers is so refreshing.

We split into two groups of about 9 each and had you be creative with making music just with your bodies. Some basics were:
– stomping feet
– clapping hands
– snapping fingers
– hitting knees
– hitting chest
– hitting each other (palms or back) – – with permission!

The first class – here are the boys:



and here are the girls:


The second class – here are the girls:

and here are the boys:


We’ll work on adding more creative rhythms using props next time.

Mr. Kozak

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Dave Matthew’s Band – Ants Marching

Fellow Musicians,

We were studying subdividing and composing simple rhythms in our mind, not on paper. Knowing the vocabulary of ‘quarter note’, ‘eighth note’, ‘half note rest’ and so on is fundamental if we want to communicate to fellow musicians. 

To show how deep this understanding goes, I I was showing Carter Beauford’s amazing drumming technique. Yes, he is a wizard. Although there are videos that focus more on him soloing, I love how the group listens so well to each other at the beginning of this song.

Mr. Kozak

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New lines

Students,

Please practice lines 61, 62, and 64. If you’re adventurous, go ahead and try #68 – Blues Adventure.
Mr. Kozak

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Breath-taking PSA

Grade 9 Students (and all Teachers),

While researching NPO PSAs to model for my classes, I found this recently-produced item from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. Be careful – it is very powerful. Watch it a few times and pay attention to the soundtrack and how vital it is to convey the message.

Apparently, they have quite a lot of experience with getting the message out. This very different approach went viral a few years ago.

Here’s one from Saturday morning TV from a long time ago.

Mr. Kozak

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Meter in Music Keynote

Students,

Here is the Meter Keynote I showed you last class explaining the three types of meter.

Mr. Kozak


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