Thursday, February 20, 2014

I Am a Ukrainian


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

Mr. Kozak

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

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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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

Wednesday, February 12, 2014



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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

This is not a joke.
Mr. Kozak

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Grade 8 Music equipment list

Grade 8 Theme and Variations Unit
Four Chord song - equipment list

keyboard stand
AC adaptor
guitar lead
electric guitar
guitar lead/cable
electric drums
electric bass
mono-to-stereo adaptor
eighth inch headphone adaptor

extension chord
headphone splitter

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

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

Write two sentences about why you gave the mark.

Mr. Kozak