Monthly Archives: February 2014

I Am a Ukrainian

Students,



Normally I don’t post news on this blog, but this is really important. Listen to why the Ukrainian people fighting.



Mr. Kozak

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February 20 – Music 6-1 Lesson Plan

Here is the lesson plan for MUSIC 6-1 at 8:30 for February 20, 2014:

Students will begin their listening research, looking for appropriate Earth Day music. Students should find songs that sing about the Earth, the environment, nature, recycling, etc. Keep a record in your Music Journals regarding:
– the artist’s name
– the song title
– the specific theme of the song
– the lyrics to each song
– a short explanation of what Earth Day is

If students find ten songs, they may continue their theory study at http://www.musictheory.net/lessons

Start at the top (THE BASICS) with The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines, and work down the page. Go through the lessons at your own pace.

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guitar strumming

Grade 8 Students,

Upload your guitar song here, making sure to demonstrate:
– an even, constant, sure, beat
– at least three different chords
– smooth chord progressions

I recommend E, D, and A.

Once you’ve uploaded your video, in your Music Journal, write about:
– what chords you used
– what meter your song was in, and
– what difficulties yoou had

Smile for the camera!

Mr. Kozak


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Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues

Grade 7 Students,

Using PhotoBooth, record a 30-second video explaining the Robert Johnson song Cross Road Blues.

Title it (your name) “Jim – Cross Road Blues”.

Mr. Kozak

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Ostinato

Students,

An ostinato is a repeated rhythmic pattern. One pattern is fine, but when you combine two or more together, it gets interesting – and people like interesting rhythms, not boring, predictable rhythms.

We can write percussion ostinatos on music paper just like any other instrument – with a few exceptions. For example, most drums don’t have notes. They are called unpitched instruments (a pitch is a note).

 Here is a sample of how musicians would write their rhythms:

We can do this with software, online webpages, or with pencil and paper.

Useful for writing ostinato patterns is the repeat symbol that goes at the end of the line:

Best of luck writing your ostinatos!
Mr. Kozak

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The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

This is not a joke.
Mr. Kozak

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Grade 8 Music equipment list

Grade 8 Theme and Variations Unit
Four Chord song – equipment list
keyboard
keyboard stand
AC adaptor
guitar lead
electric guitar
guitar lead/cable
electric drums
headphones
electric bass
drumsticks
JamHub
mono-to-stereo adaptor
eighth inch headphone adaptor
tuner
pick
extension chord
headphone splitter

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Cosmos!

I am going to watch the heck out of this!

Mr. Kozak

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African dance tutorials

Grade 6,

In StudyWiz, watch 5 videos in the African Dance Tutorial Video gallery.

You will do a peer assessment.

Give them a mark out of 100 based on:
1) Amount of detail in the instruction
2) Professional-quality production (transitions, titles, timing, volume levels, etc.)
3) Overall artistic quality
AND…
Write two sentences about why you gave the mark.

Mr. Kozak

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