8th Grade Music Tech Bell Ringers

Current Week

Monday, October 7, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Draw 2 eighth notes on G and quarter notes on A, G, and C. Next, draw a half note on B. Then draw 2 eighth notes on G and quarter notes on A, G, and D. Next draw a half note on C. What song is this?

Give Me One Reason

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Draw a treble clef. Draw 2 eighth notes on G, then quarter notes on the next higher G, then E, C, B, and A. Then draw two eighth notes on F, then quarters on E, C, D, and a half note on C. Is this song in 3/4 or 4/4?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:

Performer: The Beatles

                        1.  Does this song use AAB blues lyric form?

                        2.  Does this song use the 12-bar blues form?  

                                                                   Excerpt 1

Thursday, October 10, 2013  

1. Make sure you leave the 5-line staff  blank. 

Draw the following and wait for instructions.  

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Taken From CBS.com

In the world of classicl music, the Simon Bolivar National Youth Orchestra is unique. The musicians, kids mainly, are not graduates of some conservatory or music school - they're alumni of the school of hard knocks in the slums of Venezuela. 

It recently made its Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel, its celebrated young conductor. Carnegie Hall was the last stop on the orchestra's first American tour, and a long way from its home in venezuela. Many of the kids come from neighborhoods which are so poor, desperate and crime-ridden, that hope is often extinguished in children at an early age. Instead, these kids travel the world, playing to sell-out audiences. The National Youth Orchestra and hundreds of others are the brainchild of Dr. José Antonio Abreu.

Asked if he remembers the night he first started, Dr. Abreu, told Simon through a translator, "We only had 11 children - rehearsing in cramped conditions. But I had the feeling that this was the begining of something very big." Abreu founded "the system" in 1975 and has built it with religious zeal, based on his unorthodox belief that what poor Venezuelan kids needed was classical music.

1.There are 3 words that contain errors. Find 2 of them. First write the word incorrectly, then re-write it correctly directly next to it.  

2. Using context clues, determine a definition of "alumni".

3. Why do you think this program has been so successful?

The Story

 

Previous Weeks

Monday, February 11, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Compose

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Compare the following recordings. Which one is analog? Which one is Digital?

Song 1

Song 2 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

America used to lead the world in making cars. Now we don't. China does.

We used to be the number one maker of steel. American steel built bridges and ships all over the world. Not anymore.

But the world's most popular music still comes from American artists. Turn on a car radio in Italy, walk into a store in Mozambique, and there's a good chance you'll hear an American pop tune.

Music is an export, just like anything else. And, as with other exports, businesses in lots of other countries are fighting for their share of the global market. They want people all around to world to be listening to their music. And they're figuring out how to make it happen.

The popularity of PSY's song "Gangnam Style" is not a fluke. Korea has spent the last twenty years preparing for this moment.

1. What does the author mean, "Music is an export"?

2. Should American music be spread through out the world? Why or why not?

3. Should more music from other countries be brought to America?

4. Besides "Gangam Style", can you think of any pop music that comes from another country?

 The story

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

    NO SCHOOL 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Compose

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Compare the following recordings. Genre? Tempo? Do they both have a hook?

Song 1

Song 2

Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

You hear some music you hate. That's fair. We all do on occasion. But can you learn to love — or at least not loathe — that music? Can you intentionally transform the visceral response you have to certain pieces and styles, or does that happen at some more incalculable, subtle level?

Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne say that the more dissonance (which they describe as "perceived roughness, harshness, unpleasantness, or difficulty in listening to the sound") that we hear in music, the less we enjoy said music. Seems obvious enough, right?

Also falling into the "no kidding" category is the not-at-all new notion that the more we're exposed to a certain kind of music — either through intentional engagement or simple osmosis in whatever culture we're immersed in — the more we like that music.

1. Use context clues to determine the definition of "loathe".

2. Why does the author use the term "'no kidding' category"?

3. Do you think you can learn to enjoy music you currently dislike?

 

 The story

 

 

 

Monday, February 25, 2013

    1.  Draw a treble clef.

    2. Draw in the three notes that make up a C MAJOR chord. 

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Compose

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes

 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. How do you evaluate the quality of a musical performance? What makes music good? What makes it bad? 

Song 1

Song 2

Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

 

Friday, February 29, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

The meme started when YouTube comedian Filthy Frank took "Harlem Shake" by Brooklyn-based Latino producer Baauer and played off the wild dubstep drop 15 seconds into the song. That's when everything gets wild.

But this Harlem Shake is not quite like the original. Filmmaker Chris McGuire even went out on the streets of Harlem to get reactions to the videos. To quote one resident, "That's not the Harlem Shake at all. That's nothin', and that's not the Harlem Shake."

So where did the original dance actually come from?

"It's been around for decades. Most people trace it back to a street dancer named Al B, who used to entertain the crowd at the Rucker tournament, which is a legendary basketball league in Harlem," says Jay Smooth, Harlemite and host of the hip-hop video blog Ill Doctrine. "It was brought into the mainstream by one of my Harlem neighbors, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, who brought the dance into a couple videos he made with one of his artists, G Dep."

1. Use context clues to determine the definition of "meme".

2. Use context clues to determine the definition of "Harlemite"

3. What do you think is meant by, "brought into the mainstream"?

4. Do you think the all the Harlem Shake videos pay tribute to the original dance or poke fun of the original dance? Why?

 

 The story

 

Current Week

Monday, March 4, 2013

    1.  Draw a treble clef.

    2. Spell a word using the letters of the musical alphabet.

     3. Draw those notes on the treble clef.  

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Compose

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Can music tell a story? Listen to the following piece of music and write a short story describing what is happening. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

None

 

Monday, March 11, 2013

    1.  Draw a treble clef.

    2. Compose a melody using C, E, G.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

     Compose

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

     2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Can music tell a story? Listen to the following piece of music and write a short story describing what is happening. 

Music Listening 1

Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Taken from: NPR

I keep a lot of music on my phone. I have the Stones, Janis Joplin and OK Go. Over the past couple of years, I've bought all these albums and more from iTunes. But Max Dawson, who studies media and technology at Northwestern University, says I don't really own this music — not the way I once did.

"The concept of media ownership has changed dramatically within only the last five or 10 years," he says. Dawson is a media dinosaur. "I've got a couple thousand vinyl records. I've still got some CDs sticking around; I've got a bunch of cassette tapes," he says. If he gets tired of an album, he can sell it — or give it away. If I get tired of Janis, I can delete her from my phone. But I can't walk down to the local record store and sell anything for cash. I can't even give it away.

"If I send it to a friend and then delete it off of my computer, that is nominally illegal," says Sherwin Siy, an attorney at Public Knowledge. He says to understand why this is, you have to go back 15 years to the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

"In 1998, Congress passes this law that among a whole host of other things it makes it illegal to break digital locks that protect access to copyrighted works," Siy says.

Those locks prevent me from selling my iTunes collection. They also lock down the movies I buy on Amazon, digital books and all kinds of software I download and purchase. It wouldn't be illegal for me to sell this stuff or give it away, but I can't do that without first breaking those digital locks.

"It's as if it's illegal to pick locks, even if it's the lock to my own house," Siy says.

 

1. How has the way we own our music changed over the past 5 to 10 years?

2. What did the Digital Millennium Copyright Act say?

3. Would you prefer to own your music on CDs, tapes, and records OR would you prefer to own your music on your mobile devices and computer? Why?

The Story

Monday, March 18, 2013

    Compose a rhythm   

    1.  Draw a treble clef and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, pairs of 2 eighth notes.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

     Compose a melody

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

     2. Compose a melody using C, D, E, F, and G. Use any rhythms.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Can music tell a story? Listen to the following piece of music and write a short story describing what is happening. 

Music Listening 1

Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Dictation

    1.  Draw a 4/4 time signature and 2 blank measures.

    2. Possible choices: quarter notes, half notes, pairs of eighth notes.

 

Friday, March 22, 2013

none

 

Monday, April 1, 2013

    None   

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

     None 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Evaluate the QUALITY of following performances use these categories:

Tone Quality         1.................................................................................100

Diction (Clarity)    1.................................................................................100

Steady Tempo      1.................................................................................100

Pitch (in tune)        1................................................................................100

 Give a number rating for each category AND write one sentence supporting each of your rating. 

Music Listening 1

Music Listening 2

Music Listening 3

Thursday, April 4, 2013

    None

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Taken From CBS.com

In the world of classical music, the Simon Bolivar National Youth Orchestra is unique. The musicians, kids mainly, are not graduates of some conservatory or music school - they're alumni of the school of hard knocks in the slums of Venezuela. And their orchestra is about the exuberance of youth.

It recently made its Carnegie Hall debut with Gustavo Dudamel, its celebrated young conductor. Carnegie Hall was the last stop on the orchestra's first American tour, and a long way from its home in Venezuela. Many of the kids come from neighborhoods which are so poor, desperate and crime-ridden, that hope is often extinguished in children at an early age.

Instead, these kids travel the world, playing to sell-out audiences. The National Youth Orchestra and hundreds of others are the brainchild of Dr. José Antonio Abreu.

Asked if he remembers the night he first started, Dr. Abreu, told Simon through a translator, "We only had 11 children - rehearsing in cramped conditions. But I had the feeling that this was the beginning of something very big." Abreu, a 69-year-old retired economist, trained musician, and social reformer founded "the system" in 1975 and has built it with religious zeal, based on his unorthodox belief that what poor Venezuelan kids needed was classical music.

1. Using context clues, describe what the author means by "conservatory."

2. Why does the author state that hope is often extinguished in these children at an early age?

3. Why do you think this program has been so successful?

The Story

 

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

    Major Chords  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

     Minor Chords 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    Music Listening

    1. Evaluate the QUALITY of following performances use these categories:

Tone Quality         1.................................................................................100

Diction (Clarity)    1.................................................................................100

Steady Tempo      1.................................................................................100

Pitch (in tune)        1................................................................................100

 Give a number rating for each category AND write one sentence supporting each of your rating. 

Music Listening 1

Music Listening 2

Music Listening 3

Thursday, August 8, 2013

    None

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Taken From CNN.com

Music and emotions

You may associate particular songs with events in you're life -- Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" might remind you of your graduation day, if you had a graduation in the 1990s or 2000s, for example. Despite variation in any given persons life experience, studies have shown that music listeners largely agree with one another when it comes to the emotions presented in a song. This may be independent of lyrics; musical sounds themselves may carry emotional meaning, writes Cornell University psychologist Carol Krumhansl in Current Directions in Psychological Science.

 

Educational shows such as "Sesame Street" have been taping into the power of music to help youngsters remember things for decades. Even babies have been shown to be sensitive to beats and can recognize a piece of music that they've already heard. Advertisers exploit music in many commercials to make you excited about products. As a result, you may associate songs with particular cars, for instance.

 

Here's one way you might not already be using music: Making a deliberate effort to use music to alter mood. Listen to something that makes you energetic at the beginning of the day, and listen to a soothing song after an argument, Levitin says.


1. Find one sentence with a grammatical or spelling error and rewrite it correctly.

2. What is the main point of this article? Summarize it in one sentence.

3. Can you think of a certain song you have a strong emotional reaction to?

 

The Story

 

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

    NONE 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1. Copy the following symbols on the staff provided:

 BE SURE TO LEAVE ROOM FOR LABELS, we will do that in a few minutes.

2. In whatever space is left (or the back of the sheet), write down 2 things you expect from this class.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

 

1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

a.     What type of instruments and/or voices do you hear?

c.     How would you describe the tempo?

d.     Which instruments are playing in the high range?

e.     Which instruments are playing in the low range?

                       Listening Example

Thursday, August 8, 2013

1.     Write what you hope to learn about music from this class?

2.     Write what you hope to learn about technology from this class?

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

1.     Describe as many different ways music can affect your mood?

2.     Besides your mood, in what other ways can music affect you?

Did you know? (NAMM)

 

Why Music?

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

   1. Label the beginning of the staff with a treble clef, then draw a bass clef in the middle of the staff. Number each line beginning at the bottom. Next, number each space, beginning at the bottom. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

1.    Use at least 1 complete sentence to describe the term steady beat.

2.    Give an example of steady beat.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

 

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments and/or voices do you hear?

                          b.     How would you describe the rhythms used in this song?

                          c.     How would you describe the tempo?

                          d.     Which instruments are playing in the high range?

                          e.     Which instruments are playing in the low range?

                       Listening Example

Thursday, August 15, 2013

1. Label the beginning of the staff with a treble clef, then draw a bass clef in the middle of the staff. Using letters, label each line beginning at the bottom directly after the treble clef and then directly after the bass clef. 

 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Taken from In-Tune – April 2012

Read the passage below and answer the question:

Some (but not all) musicians consider speed to be the ultimate measure of technical excellence. But few have taken the quest for quickness to the level of Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, who plays continuous waves of lightning-fast phrases to create a unique wash of sound he calls “continuous music.” Melnyk told the BBC that he developed his speed – he plays as many as 93,000 notes an hour – by approaching the piano with the mind-set of a kung-fu master and compares the cascade of notes he produces to floating on a river. “The technique is based on almost a martial arts use of the body and energy,” he says.

 

1.    How does Melnyk approach the piano? Use short answer format.

Video

 

Current Week

Monday, August 19, 2013

   1. Choose two different clusters from below. Compose a short melody that uses ONLY the two you chose. Try to make your melody include a string of 6 clusters in a row. Remember the clusters you have to choose from are the following:

                                       I I I

----------- I I I --- I I ------------

                                                                                                      I I

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Draw the following an wait SILENTLY for instructions. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

 

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments and/or voices do you hear?

                          b.     How would you describe the tempo?

                          c.     Which instruments are playing in the high range?

                          d.     Which instruments are playing the glissandi (plural for glissando)?

                       Listening Example

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Draw the following an wait SILENTLY for instructions. 

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Friday, August 23, 2013

In Tune Magazine – April 2012

Subscribing to a Label

Online “Cloud” subscription services like Rhapsody.com and Spotify.com allow subscribers to hear thousands of artists from a wide range of genres on their computers and mobile devices either by paying a fee or listening to advertisements. Now a small artist-run independent label, Stones Throw Records – which is home to hip-hop and revivalist soul artists like Aloe Black, Malib, Mayer Hawthorne, and the Stepkids -  is using the cloud to distribute its own music. For $10 a month, subscribers can download high-quality MP3 audio files that aren’t restricted by digital rights management (DRM) software. According to Billboard.com, having a subscription service allows a label to profit directly from the subscriptions. In contrast, Spotify and Rhapsody pay the labels only a small percentage of the revenue they earn, dividing it among a huge roster of labels and artists. Will the major labels follow suit?

1.    Using context clues, what do you think the author meant by “digital rights management software”? (prezi on DRM)

2.    Using context clues, determine the definition of “genre”.

3.    Would you pay $10 a month for the opportunity to download high-quality MP3s?

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

   1. Draw a treble clef. Label the lines with the appropriate letters.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Use "x's" to compose a rhythmic OSTINATO. Write out the ostinato 4 times. Be sure you understand what and ostinato is... Does it repeat or not? 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

 

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments and/or voices do you hear?

                          b.     How would you describe the tempo?

                          c.     Which instruments are playing in the high range?

                          d.     Which instrument(s) is/are playing the ostinato?

                      Listening Example

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Define 2 of the following terms. Please use complete sentences.

Melody, Harmony, Musical Texture, Musical Form, Timbre, 

Dynamics, Pitch, Rhythm, Tempo, Meter

Friday, August 30, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

         America used to lead the world in making cars. Now we don't. China does. We used to be the number one maker of steel. American steel built bridges and ships all over the world. Not anymore. But the world's most popular music still comes from American artists. Turn on a car radio in Italy, walk into a store in Mozambique, and there's a good chance you'll hear an American pop tune.

        Music is an export, just like anything else. And, as with other exports, businesses in lots of other countries are fighting for their share of the global market. They want people all around to world to be listening to their music. And they're figuring out how to make it happen.

The popularity of PSY's song "Gangnam Style" is not a fluke. Korea has spent the last twenty years preparing for this moment.

 

1. What does the author mean, "Music is an export"?

2. Should American music be spread through out the world? Why or why not?

3. Should more music from other countries be brought to America?

4. Besides "Gangam Style", can you think of any pop music that comes from another country?

 The story

 

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

   NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

1. Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on low A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and High A. Think about which fingers you used to play each note.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

 

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments and/or voices do you hear?

                          b.     How would you describe the tempo?

                          c.     Which instrument(s) is/are playing the ostinato?

                      Listening Example

Thursday, September 5, 2013  

1. Draw the following and wait for instructions.  

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Friday, September 6, 2013

OSUMB reading

 

 

Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on B and A, then a half note on G. Next quarter notes on B and A, then a half note on G. Next for eighth notes on G and four eighth notes on A. Finally quarter notes on B and A, then a half note on G.

 

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on the following: G, G, D, D, E, E, D, C, C, B ,B, A, A, G.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on D, D, C, C, B, B, A, D, D, C, C, B, B, A

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Music Listening

        The New York  Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. On September 11, 2001, the city this orchestra calls its home was shattered by horrific terrorist attacks .  

        If you were asked to brainstorm ideas for a piece of music for the New York Philharmonic to perform in remembrance of that day, what would it sound like? Describe which instruments might be used.  Would there be lyrics? What might they be? What tempi (that is plural for tempo) might you use? USE COMPLETE SENTENCES. 

Excerpt 1

Excerpt 2

Thursday, September 12, 2013  

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

        You hear some music you hate. That's fair. We all do on occasion. But can you learn to love — or at least not loathe — that music? Can you intentionally transform the visceral response you have to certain pieces and styles, or does that happen at some more incalculable, subtle level?

        Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne say that the more dissonance (which they describe as "perceived roughness, harshness, unpleasantness, or difficulty in listening to the sound") that we hear in music, the less we enjoy said music. Seems obvious enough, right?

Also falling into the "no kidding" category is the not-at-all new notion that the more we're exposed to a certain kind of music — either through intentional engagement or simple osmosis in whatever culture we're immersed in — the more we like that music.

 

1. Use context clues to determine the definition of "loathe".

2. Why does the author use the term "'no kidding' category"?

3. Do you think you can learn to enjoy music you currently dislike? Why or why not?

 

 The story

 

Monday, September 16, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on B and A, then a half note on G. Draw additional quarter notes on B and A, then a half note on G. Draw four eighth notes on G and then four eighth notes on A. Can you figure out what comes next?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Compose a short melody that includes between 5 and 10 quarter notes. Use only the notes, G, A, B, C, and D. Your first and last note should be G.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title:________________

Performer:__________________

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments do you hear?

                          b.     How many voices do you hear?

                          c.     Which instruments/voices are playing in the call-and-response?

                          d.     Does the "response" ever match the "call"?

                 

                                                           Excerpt 1

Thursday, September 19, 2013  

1. Draw the following and wait for instructions.  

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Taken from: NPR.com

        The meme started when YouTube comedian Filthy Frank took "Harlem Shake" by Brooklyn-based Latino producer Baauer and played off the wild dubstep drop 15 seconds into the song. That's when everything gets wild.

        But this Harlem Shake is not quite like the original. Filmmaker Chris McGuire even went out on the streets of Harlem to get reactions to the videos. To quote one resident, "That's not the Harlem Shake at all. That's nothin', and that's not the Harlem Shake."

So where did the original dance actually come from?

        "It's been around for decades. Most people trace it back to a street dancer named Al B, who used to entertain the crowd at the Rucker tournament, which is a legendary basketball league in Harlem," says Jay Smooth, Harlemite and host of the hip-hop video blog Ill Doctrine. "It was brought into the mainstream by one of my Harlem neighbors, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, who brought the dance into a couple videos he made with one of his artists, G Dep."

 

1. Use context clues to determine the definition of "meme".

2. Use context clues to determine the definition of "Harlemite"

3. What do you think is meant by, "brought into the mainstream"?

4. Do you think the all the Harlem Shake videos pay tribute to the original dance or poke fun of the original dance? Why?

 

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The Real Harlem Shake

 

Monday, September 23, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Draw half notes on G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Compose a short melody that uses at least 5 different notes from the G major scale (see Monday).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title: Dance Suite No. 1 - Playful Waltz

Composer: Dimitri Shostakovich

                        1.    Use Complete Sentences to answer the following:

                          a.     What type of instruments do you hear?

                          b.     Which instrument(s) is/are playing the melody

                          c.     Does the melody include all staccato notes, all legato notes, or both? 

                          d.     Does the accompaniment include all staccato notes, all legato 

                                  notes, or both?

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Thursday, September 26, 2013  

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Taken from: NPR

        "The concept of media ownership has changed dramatically within only the last five or 10 years," he says. Dawson is a media dinosaur. "I've got a couple thousand vinyl records. I've still got some CDs sticking around; I've got a bunch of cassette tapes," he says. If he gets tired of an album, he can sell it — or give it away. If I get tired of a song, I can delete it from my phone. But I can't walk down to the local record store and sell anything for cash. I can't even give it away.

"If I send it to a friend and then delete it off of my computer, that is nominally illegal," says Sherwin Siy, an attorney at Public Knowledge. He says to understand why this is, you have to go back 15 years to the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

        "In 1998, Congress passes this law that among a whole host of other things it makes it illegal to break digital locks that protect access to copyrighted works," Siy says.

Those locks prevent me from selling my iTunes collection. They also lock down the movies I buy on Amazon, digital books and all kinds of software I download and purchase. It wouldn't be illegal for me to sell this stuff or give it away, but I can't do that without first breaking those digital locks.

        "It's as if it's illegal to pick locks, even if it's the lock to my own house," Siy says.

 

1. Use context clues to determine the definition of "nominally". 

2. What did the Digital Millennium Copyright Act say?

3. Would you prefer to own your music on CDs, tapes, and records OR would you prefer to own your music on your mobile devices and computer? Why?

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Monday, September 30, 2013

 Draw a treble clef. Draw quarter notes on B, A, G, A,  B, B, B, A, A, A, B, D, D, B, A, G, A, B, B, B, A, A, B, A, G.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    Music Listening

Song Title: Stormy Monday

Performer: T-Bone Walker

                        1.  What type of voices/instruments do you hear?

                        2.  Which Instruments are using the call-and-response form?

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Thursday, October 3, 2013  

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Taken from: NPR

        

Between 1915 and 1970, more than 6 million African-Americans moved out of the South to cities across the Northeast, Midwest and west.

 

This relocation — called the Great Migration — resulted in massive demographic shifts across the United States. Between 1910 and 1930, cities such as New York, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland saw their African-American populations grow by about 40 percnt, and the number of African-Americans employed in industrial jobs nearly doubled.

 

"[The Great Migration] had such an effect on almost every aspect of our lives — from the music that we listen to to the politics of our country to the ways the citys even look and feel, even today,"

 

1. There are 3 words that contain errors. Find 2 of them. First write the word incorrectly, then re-write it correctly directly next to it. 

2. From which region of the United States did African-Americans migrate?

3. State one way the Great Migration has affected our lives in the United States.

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