After receiving my scales marks, I think I could have done better; I think my memorization of the scales was good, although I could have improved much more when performing the arpeggios. The arpeggios really set me back; It took my a long time to figure out the 1, 3, 5 chords of the scale and was one of the main reasons my marks dropped. I also think I could have improved in consistency, I need to ensure I play all my scales at the same speed instead of playing quickly on the ones I favor and slowly on the ones less preferred.
How did you develop during this first semester year?
I think I have developed a sense of beat, because after looking at the conductor once, I am able to remember the beat and tap it out with my foot to maintain consistency in rhythm. Not only, but I have developed well in particular parts of theory, mainly in Intervals and Inversions. I think those are the easiest concepts in theory.
What could you do to enable better development for yourself?
To better develop myself, I should set deadlines, for example, if I was to complete a worksheet, I would set a date for it. This way, I would not procrastinate and perhaps progress at a consistent rate. I should also practice at a similar rate, and instead of practising a lot and then a little, I should practise an average amount every day. I think one of the reasons my development was hindered is my drum exam because I had to dedicate some of my time to practising exam pieces and rudiments.
I should also dedicate more time to practing scales and adding to arpreggios.
Did you succeed in any of your goals from half way through the semester?
I was unable to succeed in reaching my goals for Aquallegro because due to technical difficulties, I was not able to do any Aquallegro of any sorts. What is your goal for the rest of the year/improve goals?
My goal for the rest of the year is to achieve 80% or higher on later tests. After receiving my test mark for theory during this semester, I was very disappointed with how I did and I hope to improve and I will strive for a higher mark in the future. I will do this by completing theory worksheets more regularly and perhaps reading more through online sources to gain background information. I will also start having earlier preparation in the future.