Category Archives: Grade 7

Snarky Puppy is your next favourite band

A friend just introduced the amazing band Snarky Puppy to me. The first time I heard the name I was reminded of another band and didn’t pay attention.

You will not make the same mistake [hand wave in front of your face].

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Who’s Gonna Stand Up?

Long time no talk.

Because my school celebrated Earth Day today, I decided to have Grade 2 listen to the three versions of Neil Young’s Who’s Gonna Stand Up (and Save the Earth)? They enjoyed the acoustic version, were humbled by the orchestral version, and rocked out to the live version with Crazy Horse – so much so that we made a rock video with them individually playing air guitar, air drums, or singing.
I wasn’t sure if they fully understood the message, since even most adults don’t understand the severity of the issue or are in denial to it’s causes.
As I was quietly finishing a rubric in my room, I heard a student sing the refrain from across the hall:
“Who’s gonna stand up and save the world?”
This quiet little boy’s voice singing the world’s biggest question suddenly struck me hard.
It continues to ring in my mind…
All the best,
Mr. Kozak

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Music and fire

Students of fire (and music),

This is a 2D Ruben’s tube with sound.

“Yes, I really want to light it up.”

Mr. Kozak

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Eco Music Festival Design – Part 1

Students,

You need to research and pretend you are a consultant for a famous music group that wants to green up their tour. Here is a list of organizations to start your research:

Organizations or initiatives working with musicians and industry to promote environmental issues:

– 10:10 Campaign (UK)
– All At Once/Jack Johnson Initiative (USA)
– Artful Change (UK)
– Artists Project Earth (UK)
– Climate Neutral Network (UNEP)
– Fieldcore (International)
– Greenpeace (UK)
– Green Train Project (USA)
– Hard Rain Project (Global)
– MUSE Musicians United to Sustain the Environment (USA)
– MUSE Musicians United for Safe Energy (USA)
– Music for Acton (USA)
– Music for Relief (USA)
– Rock the Earth (USA)
– Save the Earth Artrock Auction (USA)
– WWF (International)

Who are the groups concerned with music?

– Musicians/Bands/Music Groups
– Record Companies/Record Labels
– Music Industry Organizations, including those focusing on the environment
– Festival and Live Music Event Producers
– Music venues
– Instrument and equipment manufacturers
– Audience
– Regulating, Licensing and Funding Bodies
– Solutions providers
– Tour Promoters and Managers
– Booking Agencies
– Sponsors
– Environmental campaigns and related NGOs
– Music Media Outlets

The following is a list of music festivals which have taken an active role in reducing the environmental impacts and/or in promoting environmental messages:

2000 Trees Festival, UK AIM Festival, Iceland Bestival, UK
Big Chill, UK
Big Day Out, Australia
Big Green Gathering, UK BluesFest, Australia
Bonnaroo, USA
Boom Festival, Portugal Burning Man, USA
Canal Street Festival, Norway Clearwater Festival, USA CO2PENHAGEN Festival, Denmark
Corinbank Festival, Australia Croissant Neuf Summer Picnic, UK
Das Fest, Germany
Download, UK
Electric Picnic, Ireland
Falls Festival, Australia Frequency Festival, Austria
Fuji Rock Festival, Japan Glastonbury Festival, UK Golden Plains Festival, Australia
Green Apple Festival, USA Greenfest, Australia
Hanoi Sound Stuff, Vietnam High n Dry Festival, Australia Hove Festival, Norway Ilosaarirock Festival, Finland Kokua Festival, Hawaii
Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi Latitude Festival, UK
Live Earth (international) Lollapalooza, USA
Lovebox Weekender, UK Lowlands Festival, Netherlands Meredith Music Festival, Australia
Meredith Music Festival, Australia
National Folk Festival, Australia Øya Festival, Norway
Paleo Festival, Switzerland Peats Ridge Festival, Australia Phish Festival, USA
Pink Pop, Netherlands Provinssi Rock, Finland Rainforest World Music Festival, Malaysia
Reeding/Leeds, UK Rheinkultur, Germany
Rock Party, Sweden Roskilde Festival, Denmark Rothbury Festival, USA ROTHBURY Festival, USA Ruis Rock, Finland
Sarawak Rainforest Festival, Malaysia
Shambala Festival, UK
South by Southwest, USA Southbound Festival, Australia Splore Festival, New Zealand Summer Sundae Weekender, UK
Sunrise Celebration, UK
The Big Tent Festival, UK
The Green Apple Festival, USA The Green Man Festival, UK Think Green-World Music Festival, USA
Waverock Weekender, Australia
WOMAD, UK
Woodford Folk Festival, Australia
York Green Festival, UK

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Mozart notes part 1

notes about Mozart:

More than 200 years ago, there was a little boy who learned to play a musical instrument at the age of three.
By the time he was five, he was composing beautiful music all by himself.

Soon Wolfie was reading music.
Papa Leopold saw that his son had a rare gift.
He gave him special ruled sheets of music paper.
That way, Wolfie could write down the music he heard in his head.
Wolfie was writing music even before he learned to write words.

Vienna was a magical city, filled with palaces and castles.
It was a home to the University.
There were also many beautiful gardens and grand churches.
Musicians came for its concert halls.
Vienna was known as a center for music and art.

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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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Who do you look up to?

Is it one of these people?

Mr. Kozak

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The consequences of location and reverb when recording music

This video is an amazing demonstration of how the environment affects reverb. Fantastic editing.

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Mashups Part 2

Students,

Here’s an article explaining how to find the BPM of a song.

Mr. Kozak


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Mashups Part 1

Students of music,

Making mashups is not easy, but the end result can be very, very cool.

Remember the basic rules:
1) The two songs have to be in the same tempo
and
2) The two songs have to be in the same meter

We listened to two examples (Radiohead with Dave Brubeck and James Brown with The Beatles)

If you use your BIG6 research skills, you can probably find a good tutorial to help you.

You can also find song banks listing songs with the same BPM (beats per minute)/tempo.

Good luck mashing up!

Mr. Kozak

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