2/16 E-Learning

For all students who have music on Tuesdays, please take some time to experiment with BeepBox. Simply press the various rectangles on the grid, and press the “play” button to hear the music you’ve created. Each set of colored numbers represents a different part, so once you have a part that you like, click on another set of colored numbers, and select those rectangles, to make the song more complex. Hint: the gray numbers are the drums/percussion.

Once you like what you’ve created, go to “File” then “copy song URL,” and paste it into an email — send it to mmroz@stjuliana.org.

Enjoy creating! šŸ™‚

Mr. Mroz

Week of 1/11

Thanks for being so attentive and cooperative with e-learning his past week – let’s have another great week!

6th-8th Grade:

As usual, please check Google Classroom for all assignments. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

4th and 5th Grade:

Please follow the same exact instructions as last week, but choose a different song. Please email this to me by 1/17.

K through 3rd Grade:

Now that you’ve spent time with Google’sĀ Song Maker, I’d like you to put your best effort toward the following assignment. Please try to fill in the rectangles so that it sounds like the first 14 notes of the song, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The melody you produce should go with the words, “Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” A few hints: the first 2 boxes (rectangles) will be in the bottom row of boxes. And, no need to click on the “dots,” but you can add them at the end as an extra rhythmic feature. Again, I don’t expect this to be perfect – something kind of close. Parents, I just ask that you take about 10 minutes and help you child use their ear to figure out where to fill in the boxes. If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask! Please email me the link by 1/17.

Mr. Mroz

Week of 1/4

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Even though we are e-learning for a couple weeks, welcome back!

6th-8th Grade:

As usual, please check the Google Classroom for your latest assignment. And, of course, if you don’t understand something, please feel free to ask. I’m more than happy to help. šŸ™‚

4th and 5th Grade:

I would like to begin talking about song structure – the different parts of songs, and how they’re put together. How songs are arranged really depends on what type of music it is, but I would like to focus on kinds of song styles you’re all familiar with – pop, rock, and country.

There are 7 main types of parts in these kinds of songs. Intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, bridge, instrumental solo, and outro. Each of these parts are not in every single song, but they are in many. For instance, not all songs have a pre-chorus, and not all songs have a bridge, but many do.

What do these different parts mean?

Intro is just how the song starts, usually there aren’t any words, but sometime there are. A verse is usually a part in the song that has lots of lyrics (words), and the lyrics tend to change from one verse to the next. It is often the less-catchy part of the song. The pre-chorus (doesn’t always happen in songs) is the part that comes before the “main part” — it’s something that builds up to it. The chorus, also known as the “hook” or the “main part,” is often the part that gets stuck in your head, it’s the most memorable part of the song. A bridge (isn’t always present in songs) is a “different” part of the song that appears once, toward the end of the song, but not quite the end. Sometimes, but not always, there will also be an instrumental solo, where one instrument is the most noticeable, like a guitar — there usually aren’t any words, here. The instrumental solo can happen at any point in the song, but often toward the middle or end. The “outro” is just how the song ends — it may be the same as the chorus, though.

Here’s an example of the song structure of the familiar song “September.” Listen and follow along with the parts below.

1. Introduction
2. Verse
3. Chorus
4. Chorus
5. Verse
6. Chorus (fade-out)

I would like you to choose one APPROPRIATE pop, rock, or country song, and list its song structure, like I did above. The answer does not have to be perfect, but tell me how you generally heard the parts flowing, from one to the next. You can email your answer to mmroz@stjuliana.org by 1/11.

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K through 3rd Grade:

Please visit Google Music Lab’s Song Maker, and spend some time making a musical creation that you’re happy with. Try different tempos, try different instruments. Try a sound that’s complex and busy, and also try creating something that’s maybe more simple and repetitive. Basically, explore all of the options of the program, and then once you love what you’ve made, click the “save” checkmark at the bottom-right of the screen, and copy the link. Then paste it into my email (mmroz@stjuliana.org). Please let me know if you have any questions. Have fun! šŸ™‚

Week of 9/28

6th, 7th (now, all of Boldt’s class), and 8th grade e-learners:

Please check your music Google Classroom , weekly, for assignments. If you don’t understand something, please feel free to contact me at my email (mmroz@stjuliana.org) or directly through Google Classroom. I usually respond quickly!

5th grade e-learners:

5th graders do not have a Google Classroom for music, so please check this blog for directions on assignments.

There’s no work at the moment, but there will be an assignment next week. šŸ™‚

Week of 9/13

E-learners for 6th-8th: Always check Google Classroom for updates. There are a few e-learners who haven’t accepted the invite.

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E-learners for 5th grade: In class, we have been talking about the fundamental parts of music, one of which is rhythm.

We have also been talking about the relationship between rhythm and language (the different syllables of words).

If quarter notes each have one beat, and we’re trying to make a 4 word sentence that goes with 4 quarter notes, we’d have each quarter note equal one syllable. For example:

“I like good food”

It goes with the rhythm because each word has one “sound” or syllable.

If two 8th notes go with a two syllable word (for example: “bet-ter,” or “ve-ry”), please come up with a grammatically correct sentence (something that makes sense), that goes with one quarter note, one quarter note, two 8th notes, and one quarter note. Please send this to my email. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Other e-learners: Please spend some time playing the musical training games at Theta Music Trainer.

Welcome to Another Year of Music Class!

I’m very excited to be back teaching another year of music, despite the less-than-ideal circumstances!

6th-8th Grade: Whether you’re an e-learner or coming to school in-person, you should have received an email invite to my Google Classroom (that is, if you’re currently enrolled in music). Going forward, everything you need to know about class will be posted in there.

E-learners of all other grades: please regularly check this blog for all music-related activities. I will make a blog post explaining what we did in class that particular week and offer instructions as to how to do it. Simply send an email to mmroz@stjuliana.org showing that you tried the activity. I will have something posted here by Monday.

Parents and students alike – please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Thank you!

Mr. Mroz

Final Assignment of the Year (8th Grade does not have to do this)!

(This pertains particularly to 6th and 7th grade, but other grades are welcome to do it as well):

Please listen to 45 minutes of music – at least 4 different singers, bands, or composers, etc. Email me a list of the 4 artists (although more than 4 would be ideal. If you listen to 10, great!). There’s no need to write anything other than the names of the artists – I will trust that you truly did the listening. Again, all music must be school-appropriate (you know what this means.)

Enjoy the week everyone, and I’ll look forward to checking my email!

Mr. Mroz

Week of 5/18!

6th, 7th, 8th: Please write a paragraph convincing me why I should like your favorite song! If you can’t choose just one song, choose to write about a musical artist or band, and tell me why you like them, and why I should like them, too. If you don’t have a favorite musical artist or band, do some research and explore your options.

It’s true that music is about opinion. For instance, I might like chocolate and you might like vanilla, and neither one necessarily has to be better or worse. However, many people think that music (and the arts in general) is about more than just opinion or taste – it’s about things like skill, emotion, energy, and creativity – things that can be measured.

Please tell me specifically why I should consider your favorite song, band, or artist, “good music.” Are the lyrics creative? Do you think the guitarist in the song is talented? Do you like the quality of the singer’s voice?

Persuade me why I should listen to what you listen to! Maybe I will šŸ™‚

The lyrics of your song music be school-appropriate! If you have to find a “clean version” of an original song whose lyrics are not appropriate, then you must find another song whose original lyrics are appropriate for school! If you have any questions about this, please email me and ask.

8TH GRADERS: this will be your last assignment of the year, and of your St. Juliana musical career, please make it a good one!

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Below 6th Grade: Listen to 30 minutes of music and send me a quick email telling me what you listened to (school-appropriate of course).

It can be the same song, over and over again; it can be 15 different musical artists. It doesn’t matter. You can listen to video game music, if you’d like, but not while playing video games (as you know, you can look anything up on YouTube). If you can concentrate, you’re welcome to have music on while doing other school work, household chores, etc. So, this week, just devote a half an hour to close music listening. Have a great week!

Attention: 8th Grade

As your long education at St. Juliana comes to a close, I wouldn’t want you to receive a final grade of “incomplete” for music class!

I’m allowing any/all work that was assigned after spring break, to be turned in for full credit by 5/22.

Your last assignment will be given next week. If you’re behind on anything, now is your chance to catch up. With this in mind, there should be no reason why you shouldn’t receive a passing grade in music. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me an email.

Let’s finish strong 8th graders!

Mr. Mroz