Category Archives: Grade 9

March for Science, Earth Day, April 22

what-do-we-want-evidence-based-science-when-do-we-want-it-after-peer-review-1485129964Just in case you haven’t heard, there’s a global March for Science going on the same day as Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. I’ll be going to the one in Tokyo, but there’s also one going on in Ibaraki. There will probably be many more in Japan. I’ve started making signs.


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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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Major Generals Song Lyrics

Here are the lyrics for the Major General Song. I dare you to try to sing it in tempo.

I am the very model of a modern Major-General
I’ve information vegetable, animal, and mineral
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical
I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical
About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse
I’m very good at integral and differential calculus
I know the scientific names of beings animalcules
In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General 

Mr. Kozak

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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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12 Bar Blues thanks to Chuck Berry

First of all, I’m still around! Keep posted for more music education. Now then… Students,

Now you know a little about the 12 bar blues progression thanks to Chuck Berry and his legendary 1958 song “Johnny B. Goode“, made famous (again) by the 1985 movie Back to the Future.

The opening guitar riff is taken note for note from the horn section of the song Ain’t That Just Like a Woman from Louis Jordan (1946).

The song is so important in music in rock and roll history that it was put on the Voyager 1 Golden Record (by direction of the amazing Carl Sagan) and launched into space. (Voyager 1 is still traveling at 17 kilometers per second and is 19,571,030,000 kilometers from the Earth (yes, that’s 19.5 billion).

Just remember I – IV – V – I for next class.

Mr. Kozak

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The 6 most insane pieces of classical music in existence

Hello students and parents,

I thought I’d share this article with you. The 6 most insane pieces of classical music in existence.

Happy listening – or not.

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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The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy

In your Music Journals:
Write a two sentence summary about The Disposable Heroes of Hiphopricy.
Listen to the song Television, the drug of a nation. Put the lyrics into your Journal.
Write a summary of what the song is about.
HINT: there are website to assist you. Remember to use and hone/sharpen your BIG6 research skills.

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The Hip Hop Years – review part 1

The Hip Hop Years
Questions for review:
Where did hip hop start? When?
What type of environment was it?
What type of music was hip hop a reaction to?
What equipment was necessary to make the music?
What part of the song was used by DJ Kool Herc?
BONUS: What is the logo on the orange hat?
What were B Boys/Girls?
What does this dancing and music express?
What three things did Afrika Bambaataa do?
What was the Zulu Nation?

What did the police do about their illegal block parties and why?

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Beat matching by knowing the tempo

Grade 9 Students,

To assist you with your mashups, you can use this online metronome tool to tap the tempo of the song you hear. This will give you the beats per minute (BPM) of the song.

When you do it for both tracks and they are the same tempo (for example, 113 BPM), then you can combine them in GarageBand.

MAKE SURE the beats line up. Even though the two songs might be the same tempo, they will be out of sync and the song’s rhythm will be bizarre.

It take patience to do this – trial and error.

Mr. Kozak

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