Welcome to your iFolio

by Sam Kaiser on May 22, 2014

Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.

Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

Home Menu

Change Home Menu Attribute

3. Append the URL to read http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/your_student_number, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)

Home URL

Home URL Link

A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.

Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!

Featured image used in this post by Nathan via Flickr Creative Commons

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Composition Unit Reflection

by Sam Kaiser on March 23, 2015

For this unit, we had to first create an 8 bar rhythm, then change it to an 8 bar melody, and then extend it to a 24 bar ternary composition, using our own instruments and piano as an accompaniment.  The progress of this piece can be seen under Grade 9 Music, Ponder Your Responder, and Suppose to Compose.  Because I play the Alto Saxophone, that is what I used as my primary instrument.  I have not had much experience composing, I have used Finale before, but not really to this extent.  I haven’t really used accompaniments before in Finale so that was interesting for me.  Because I hadn’t really written a composition with these features before, I found it a little bit challenging at first to get my melody to sound good with the accompaniment, and it took quite a few revisions before I felt really happy with my piece.  I think the biggest challenge I had when creating this piece, was actually a mistake I made that I had not realised before.  I had forgotten to change the key from the tonic to the dominant for my B section, so really a huge chunk of my composition was completely wrong.  Because it was the night before submission and I didn’t really have time to rewrite the whole section, I used my brothers’ Finale (because we were just using Finale Notepad), to transpose my B section up a major 5th and taking it down an octave so it fit better with the rest of my melody.  As for evaluating my piece, I’ll be looking at it using the composition rubric and evaluating it based on my opinion and what my peers have said in the comments that I was given.  First off, I thought that my piece was rhythmically and melodically balanced, and each one of my peers said that they thought it was a good balance as well.  As for the variation and repetition of the phrases, I thought that I used a good variety of different phrases, and I repeated phrases (especially from the A to the A1 sections), but I used different chords, so it was still different.  I think that I could have improved this by maybe having the B section tying in more with the A and A1 sections, because I think and also my peers thought that I could have had the B section more related to the rest of the composition.  I made the composition as playable as possible within the note ranges of the alto saxophone and I tried to make the rhythms for both the alto saxophone and the pianos quite playable and suitable for sight reading.  My peers mostly agreed with this, with some saying that some phrases (especially in the B section) would have been difficult to sight read.  I think I was pretty successful in my dynamics, as I tried to use more gradual, flowing dynamics and I made sure that everything was heard properly.  I think I labelled all of my chords and non-chordal tones right, but as music theory isn’t my strong suit, I’m not entirely sure.  Most of my peers said that they looked good, while some said that maybe I should double check.  My peers commented on the convincingness of the composition, and they all said that it flowed nicely and was a catchy song, which was what I intended for it to be.  I think overall I did quite well in meeting the expectations for the assignment, and I feel pretty good about my composition, as I think it worked well in meeting the expectations but also worked well as a song in its own right.


Ternary Composition Summative

March 19, 2015

This is now the final product of my composition.  I have changed some things based on the comments that I received for my ternary draft.  A very big change that I did was actually fixing a very major problem that I had in my draft, which was that I had not changed the key from […]

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Ternary Melody Draft

March 11, 2015

This is my Ternary Melody draft, which is basically an expanded version of the melody that was posted a while back.  A few things have been changed in the first 8 bars, and also 16 bars have been added, all in the same format as before. Changes:  - Throughout the first 8 bars there are […]

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Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales

February 25, 2015
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8 Bar Final Melody

February 5, 2015

From the feedback given, I have chosen to make my melody more complicated.  I have changed some of the rhythms to be more complicated by adding sixteenth notes and dotted eighth notes.  The melody was also commented on by Ms. Jessy Po herself, and she said that I could make it less “do-re-mi”, so I […]

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Math Design Day

January 6, 2015

Today we had a design day for our next design cycle, which is focused on statistics in math.  In order to complete our design cycle, we have to use the data collected from tourism surveys that we did in Geography class, and make a report off of that.  Today we just started and one of […]

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