• # June 1-June 12

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 6/1/2020

Find a piece of paper, a pencil, and something to keep time. Set the timer for 1 minute. During that one minute, write out as many of the 50 states in our country as you can. Count how many you were able to list.

Then, watch this old schoolhouse rock video: https://safeYouTube.net/w/byKI

Turn the paper over and try again in 1 minute. See how many more you can list.

For fun, watch this video on state capitals. It’s a classic that I used to love: https://safeYouTube.net/w/qzKI

When you turn in your assignment via email (jfinkle@everettsd.org), tell me your original score and your final score. Also, let me know what state you most want to visit.

• # May 16-June 5

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 5/26/2020

Play through the doodle. Watch all of the scenes and play through the games. The game plays similarly to guitar hero, but you do not need to click

When you have gone through the entire doodle, you can write your own song on the Mbira.

Once you’ve finished, send me an email (jfinkle@everettsd.org) or share a google doc with me in which you share with me your three favorite facts you learned baout Mbira.

• # May 18-May 29

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 5/18/2020

We are going to be creating a glass xylophone and playing it this week.

If possible, find eight glasses of similar shapes. Ask a parent or guardian to help you with handling and playing the glasses.

Arrange the glasses in one row. Starting at one end, fill each glass with this progression of water amounts:

2 cups (8/4)

1 3/4 cups (7/4)

1 1/2 cups (6/4)

1 1/4 cups (5/4)

1 cup (4/4)

3/4 cup (3/4)

1/2 cup (2/4)

1/4 cup (1/4)

If you like, you can add different colors of food coloring to glasses to make it more pleasant to look at.

The different cups will now play different notes. The more water, the lower the note.

The girl in this video shows a pretty good example: Safetube Link

Once, you’ve created your instrument, write a quick song to play on it. Record your song for flipgrid! For security reasons, I’ve restricted it so others can’t see your video at this time. If you’re ok sharing the video, leave that note in the comments. If you are struggling with flipgrid, vidos can be emailed to me or uploaded to google drive and shared with me.

Flipgrid

Flip Code: b9c6b539

• # May 11-May 22

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 5/11/2020

Navigate to this Carnegie Hall website: https://musicalexplorers.carnegiehall.org.

On the map, you’ll see different musical artists who come from different cultures. Choose an artist whose culture is different than your own.

Watch the video under “Meet the artist” and listen to any musical examples.

Use the video and your reactions to fill out the following questions:

The Artist’s Name:

The Artist’s Culture:

Which of your friends do you think would like this music and why:

Once filled out the questions, either email me the answers or share a google doc with the answers to me.

• # May 4-May15

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 5/4/2020

We’ve practiced with Flipgrid once at this point. Now, we take our performances a little more public. The world needs more live music right now.

Choose a song you want to perform and how you want to perform it. Maybe you want to sing, or play an instrument, or do a dance. Do some performance either on your porch, or on a balcony, or in a yard, or out a window. Share your music making!

Use flipgrid again to record and post your video. The link for this flip grid is: https://flipgrid.com/b20c8269

The flip code is: b20c8269

Make a comment on your video if you are ok with my sharing your performance with other Silver Firs students. I won’t share any without permission. I currently have it set so no one will hear your recording but me.

• # April 27-May 8

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 4/26/2020

I have always loved parodies. Perhaps my favorite of all time is when Weird Al turned “La la Bamba” into “La la-sagna.” This week, I’d like you to use the form to create a new parody.

1. Choose the song you want to parody (You can choose any school appropriate song)
2. Write new lyrics that still fit the music. Most parodies don’t change all of the words. You can strategically change just a few to totally change the meaning (see example).
3. When you’re satisfied, either write you lyrics out on a google doc and shar them with me or sing thm to me on flipgrid
1. Flip code is 4f958918
4. The funnier, the better.
• # April 20-May 1

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 4/20/2020

Choose someone older than you - a parent, a guardian, an older sibling, another relative. You're going to interview them about their favorite song using the attached form. Fill out the top half of the questions below. Then, listen to the song with with. After listening, fill out the bottom half of the questions based on what you think about the song. Put the answers into a new google doc and share it with me: Jacob Finkle.

I'm excited to see what new songs you learn! I'm excited to learn new songs along with you!

I've attached a sample that I created by interviewing my father.

Questions:

Person Interviewed:

Their Favorite Song:

Artist:

What They Love About the Song:

Listen to the Song Together ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

What Instruments and Voices Do You Hear:

What Style of Music:

What Do You Like About the Song:

Who Else Might Like This Song and Why:

• # April 13-April 24

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 4/13/2020

We’re going to be working with Flipgrid this week. I’ve created an assignment. Follow the link to my new flip gird.

The Flip Code for the assignment: 2a2ea087

I miss hearing music performances. I’m asking you to use flip grid to record yourself doing some sort of performance. At the top of the assignment, I’ve included a performance that I just created for fun with a collaborative ukulele player. You’ve got a lot of choices though. You could sing a school-appropriate song, play an instrument, create a new instrument and demonstrate it, or something else. Be creative.

Share the new recording with me. I have it set so no one will hear your recording but me.

• # March 30-April 19

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 3/30/2020

March 31st is the anniversary of German composer Bach’s anniversary (He would have been 335). Most of the music we hear today is based on rules that Bach put in place so long ago. He was a master of making different music melodies go together.

Follow this link to this google doodle. Google Doodle Watch the introduction to understand how the doodle works. You write out eight notes and the program uses Bach’s techniques to make it sound really beautiful after you click “Harmonize.” Here’s my challenge to you. I want you to try and make a piece that the program cannot harmonize in a pretty way. I’ve tried so many times, the program always makes it great. See if you can make it less successful, just for fun.

Once you create one you’re satisfied with, click the angle shape in the bottom left corner, and you can get a link to share it with us. Post it on this document Google Doc . I will need to approve each post.

If the links people post are not working for you, just add “https:” before them.

• # March 23-April 3

Posted by Jacob Finkle on 3/23/2020

Use only the following notes in your song:
Do- Red
Mi - Yellow
Sol - Dark Green
La - Purple