Criterion C & D – 16 Bar Melody Summative (Cinderella’s Dance)

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Criterion C – Thinking Creatively

I’m just going to start out by saying that this was not an easy task for me to compose this melody, it took a lot of time and I made several decisions that impacted the outcome of the entire melody which I deleted and started over again. I wanted to create a generally happier, more upbeat feel so I left the key signature in major and used generally higher notes to create something that you could dance to at an elegant ball or something of the sort, hence the title ‘Cinderella’s Dance’. I experimented with different instruments to see which sounded the most elegant and ‘floaty’ but each one I chose either sounded too light or too loud and heavy, so I stuck with piano because it was a mixture of both: just in the middle. I made the tempo 140 because I thought that 120 was too slow and would sound a bit like a dragging, upbeat melody, which wasn’t what I wanted. I also tried using 160, but that was too fast and it took away the ‘dance’ feel from the entire song, which was what I was aiming for and think I achieved. I kept the time signature at 4/4 because I think that it was the most appropriate time for the melody to go. I attempted to change it around but I think that the bar had too many notes or too little, so I settled for the original 4/4 time signature.

Criterion D – Responding

After about a day or two of attempting to create a melody that sounded nice and ticked off all the boxes in my mental checklist for this composition, I’m happy to say that I’m quite proud of my melody. It came out the way I wanted to, and I reckon that if it were maybe softer and slower and generally ‘floatier’, it would be something Cinderella could dance to. However, I think that there are some parts that weren’t totally perfect, like the harmonisations, because some sounded off but after a few listens, they started sounding okay, so I was unsure of whether I should’ve changed them or not. I think that my strengths with composing melodies is that I know exactly what I want something to sound like or a theme I’m aiming for and I don’t compose randomly, I usually have a whole plan. I’m also usually easily inspired, in this case, I started thinking about the Cinderella theme right after I saw the trailer, and I thought it would be interesting if I could compose a piece that sounded a bit like something you would hear in the movie. However, a weakness that I possess is that sometimes I dream too big, and when I can’t exactly execute my plan, I get frustrated and lose patience because it doesn’t sound the way I want it to, so that’s something I need to work on if I were to do this again. Also, if I can’t get something to cooperate with what I’m trying to do, I tend to feel like I want to give up, an example being when I was trying to add the chord progressions to my melody. I kept on forgetting that the chord progressions were in the bass clef, so I labeled all of them incorrectly and mixed up the different Roman numerals with each other. However, I fixed my mistakes and eventually learned how to label them properly and correctly with practice. When I first started composing this melody, I was extremely annoyed over the fact that it didn’t sound the way I wanted to, and that it sounded more like a children’s song than a dance. Then, I started to experiment with rests and different note values and eventually, I came to the final draft of my composition.

 

16 Bar Melody – Formative Assessment

 

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I feel like I did an okay job on my music formative, because I had a lot of trouble with composing a 16 bar melody (it isn’t really my forté :P), especially with figuring out what notes sound good together and where rests would be appropriate to be put. I believe that there aren’t particularly enough dynamics, but I’m still debating between that, so I will change my composition according to feedback that I will receive. I had trouble composing the melody, but I also had fun experimenting with variations of notes.

Intervals Worksheet

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This intervals worksheet really cleared things up for me – I feel like I understand how to count and differentiate between the kinds of intervals. However, I feel like I still need to polish up on my technique, because it still takes me a larger amount of time to see which interval the two notes form, and I actually learnt that there are names for intervals, and you don’t just count them and call them as (e.g.) ‘8 notes up’.

YOTH Reflection >.<

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Hi everyone! So… even though it’s a little late, Happy CNY! (Actually it’s a LOT late) We recently had a Year of the Horse performance too 😀 It was for music, and I played the Chinese Drums! I enjoyed being part of this performance a lot, I mean, there were glow sticks and Gangnam style incorporated into it! Okay, that’s just a little part of it. The other reason why is that the music really represented a horse running, with the effect of the Chinese Drums! And when you put the sound of the running with the rest of the music, it can literally paint the scene of the horse in your head! When we were practicing, the drum group sometimes got confused as to when we should begin and end but at the end it worked out. Also, the t-shirts we were wearing probably helped capture the audience’s attention. Red with a yellow horse? Definitely.

I noticed, personally, that I have been able to be more organised after that performance. We had to strike the stage, which means leaving the stage quickly and silently and be on time for every single performance, so that really helped me with my organisational skills. I also developed my communication skills, which was really handy when we were striking the stage. We had to make sure everyone was off of the stage, and we couldn’t talk loudly, so the best thing we could do is mouth words or use gestures.

Blues Post :)

Hello everybody! (MUSIC POST TODAY)

Let me start off with a quick question. Do you like Blues music? Answer in the comments below this post!

Personally, I’ve learnt a LOT more about Blues Music. Before I thought that Blues Music was all basically about Elvis Presley, because that was all I knew. Now I know that the Blues originated from the 18th and 19th century, when slaves from Africa were forced to go to America and work there under cruel conditions. When the slaves were not working for their masters, for possibly a short period of time, they sang and made music with tools they had to express their feelings, singing to ‘heal’ people and sing lullabies to babies. To them, the Blues were a way of life. Drums, shakers, tambourines, jingling anklets, woodblocks, scrapers, the fiddle and their voices were the main instruments used for Blues.

Blues music. That, I adore. I especially love the Springfield Soul Stew from the Simpsons. I enjoyed it because the song lyrics mentioned the instruments, so my knowledge of musical instruments had expanded slightly. The new instruments I learnt were the fatback drums (groove). After this, I really hadn’t start listening to more Blues Music because really, this genre is not really my type. I’ve listened to Blues before, but it was mainly just for a taste of a different genre. (Elvis Presley, he really is amazing. When I mentioned the Blues to my grandparents, I found out that they, actually listen to Elvis a lot. They pretty much know all his songs, especially my grandpa.

I like playing Blues Music in class band. It’s really enjoyable and fun, I’ve never really played a blues drum piece. I like it because I like hearing a variety of instruments played at the same time, creating a smooth sounding music piece. I liked the Blues Down Under song because I had a small drum solo after the musical solos and of the overall way it sounded. It was just me playing at that time so it was like a few seconds of pure drums. Also, the music wasn’t really slow, or really fast, it was just in the middle. (The pace) For solos, I didn’t play the three bars of the musical melody, I played the one bar solo, which was only for the drums. I always thought to myself: Don’t mess this up, don’t mess this up…. because it was only me playing.

I’ve written a Blues solo. Well, just recently for my assessment smile in class.  To be honest, I wasn’t really a huge fan of the musical part, but I loved writing the drum solo for my assessment. It was really fun. I stressed over the musical part a little more because I had no idea what to put, there were too many choices. I kept on deleting over and over again because I thought that everything didn’t sound right. Eventually I just told myself: It makes sense. It sounds alright. It’s okay. (That pretty much worked out well.)

Hmm… let me see. The best part of this unit? Well, I’d have to say it was playing the music pieces – Blues Down Under and Wild Card. I got to play the drums a lot, which I love, so playing these pieces were sort of a way of learning more about the drum grooves/beats in the Blues.