Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Remix assignment

Grade 9 Students,

The GarageBand file to use is in the StudyWiz gallery called 'Remix Assignment'.
Here are the instructions:

Mr. Kozak

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Grade 7 Students,

You have listened to SonnyMoon for Two and figured out the riff and what pentatonic minor scale it is. You have soloed for twenty seconds and put the recording into the StudyWiz gallery.

For example, your mp3 title would be 'Chris SonnyMoon riff'
'Chris SonnyMoon solo'

You have listened to Moanon' and figured out the two riffs and what pentatonic minor scale it is. You have soloed for twenty seconds and put that recording into the StudyWiz gallery

For example, your mp3 title would be 'Chris Moanin' riff'
'Chris Moanin' solo'

Now, listen to Stevie Wonder's Superstition.  Figure out how to play the riff. Record it and put it into the gallery. Then, record a twenty second solo and put that into the gallery, too.

For example, your mp3 title would be 'Chris Superstition riff'
'Chris Superstition solo'

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Henry Giroux on Bill Moyers

Henry Giroux was interviewed by Bill Moyers recently. He has some words to say about education at about the fifteen minute mark.

Mr. Kozak

David Suzuki's Carbon Manifesto

For those of you who wonder why I changed my theme...

Dr. David Suzuki's Carbon Manifesto.

Mr. Kozak

A critique of Common Core

This high school student speaks very eloquently against Common Core standards.

Mr. Kozak

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sonnymoon for Two - vocal ad lib


Here's a guy ad libbing/soloing/improvising with the Sonnymoon for Two melody/riff/lick/head.

Mr. Kozak

Why Improvise?!

Grade 7 Students,

Millions of musicians have spent their lives improvising. Obviously, there must be some reason that people continue this activity, teachers teach it, and music lovers buy the music.

After researching, in your Music Journal, answer the question:

What is the value in knowing how to improvise?

Make the font 22 point so I can find it easily.

Mr. Kozak


Sonnymoon for Two - Sonny Rollins melody and improvisation assignment

Grade 7 Students,

Today you will listen to the Sonny Rollins tune 'Sonnymoon for Two'. 

Record ONLY the melody/tune/head of the song by listening carefully. Use a USB keyboard with GarageBand. Export your song to the StudyWiz gallery called 'Sonnymoon for Two' and title it (i.e.) 'Chloe Sonnymoon melody'

Improvise for twenty seconds in the key of Sonnymoon for Two. Record your solo and upload the mp3 to the same StudyWiz gallery called 'Sonnymoon for Two' and title it (i.e.) 'Chloe Sonnymoon solo 1'. 

Mr. Kozak

Monday, November 18, 2013

Grade 6 Rehearsal questions

Grade 6,

Please answer these questions in your Music Journal.

Tell me:
Why was there a rehearsal?
What did you do for the rehearsal?
When, where, and what time was the rehearsal?
How did you feel before the rehearsal ?How did you feel after the rehearsal? Do you feel the same?

Did you have any difficulties during the rehearsal? What were they?

Mr. Kozak

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Four Chord song-keyboard


Here are the chords for the four chord song on keyboards:
Mr. Kozak

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grade 9 Today (November 13, 2013

- Define “arpeggio’ in your Music Journal
- Complete your arpeggio. Upload to StudyWiz. In your Music Journal, tell me what notes you played.
- Complete your ethereal arpeggio. Upload to StudyWiz.
- If your arpeggio was major, make a new one in minor, or vise versa
Mr. Kozak

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moanin' - sheet music

Grade 7,

Here is the sheet music for the first two phrases on the keyboard for 'Moanin'" by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers:

Mr. Kozak

Wednesday, November 6, 2013



Here's what we covered in class today. Make sure to answer the questions in your Music Journal.

Mr. Kozak

Songs of Diridum


That website with the Lego-like characters is here

Listen carefully when you move around and you'll notice the sound getting louder or softer depending on where you are in relation to the stage. Also, it will move from right to left (that's called panning) depending on which direction you're facing.

Remember to try it on the open-source browser, Firefox.

Mr. Kozak

Amazing Music Site! - BBC Bitesize


This BBC site is a wonderful resource for learning about the elements of music, listening to samples of music, music history, popular music, and world music. It's chat board is changing formats to a blog, so stay tuned. I highly recommend it.

Mr. Kozak

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Grade 7 Students,

Read the wikipedia article about Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Take notes in your Music Journal. Remember the 5Ws.

Listen to 2 songs and put those titles in your Music Journal. Use the elements of Music to explain the song (i.e. tempo, meter, instruments).

Most importantly, listen to "Moanin" and be able to play the F minor pentatonic scale!