16 Bar Rhythm Composition – Reflection

Feb 25: I finished adding 8 more bars to the original 8 bar melody I had, and repeated some measures, but also added some new notes and rhythms to it. I adjusted my melody a little bit in the end because I wanted there to be a variation of conjunct and disjunct notes, as most of my melody consisted of conjunct notes. I also started with the chord progression, and began to create my rhythm and decided what chords went well with my melody. I chose the clarinet as the instrument to play the melody because I play the clarinet in class, so I thought that if I used it as my main instrument, I could really tell whether the notes fit together and are in harmony.

March 2: I finished up the melody of the clarinet and started to work on the accompaniment of the piano. I figured it was harder to do this part because I had to find which notes and what will suite my original melody, and later on I realized that the piano part was too low, and it was contrasting with the melody of the clarinet. In the accompaniment, I mainly kept a monotone rhythm because I didn’t want to distract attention from the clarinet, and didn’t want it to overpower because it would feel like too much, and it would sound messy. I added slurs to the eighth notes because I thought that it would sound better than if it wasn’t slurred. After I finished the melody, chords, and accompaniment, I listened to my composition and realized that some parts didn’t sound right, and it didn’t blend well together. I also thought that my composition needed more texture, as it was quite plain, and didn’t include a variety of high and low notes. There wasn’t really a form in my melody, but I did repeat some of the measures, so I used repetition, and it worked out quite well because it means I didn’t add a lot of new things to change my melody, and mainly kept it within the same notes. I found writing the accompaniment challenging because it had to suite the melody, it had to have conjunct and disjunct notes along with a range, but it couldn’t overpower the melody too much. Overall, I think my composition has its good sides and bad sides, but it is quite simple, so I think next time I should challenge myself more to doing a melody with higher notes, and using more tempo markings, articulation markings, and dynamic markings.

Here is a pdf of my 16 Bar Rhythm Composition:

My 16 Bar Rhythm Composition

8 Bar Melody

This 8 bar melody is a adjustment from the rhythm in my previous post. This melody includes different notes, and uses a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion.

8 Bar Melody <——– my melody as a pdf

After looking at my melody, please comment on the following things:

Does it have a combination of conjunct and disjunct motion?

If there are any large intervals (larger than a jump of five different letter names), has it changed direction by step?

Does the melody have an appropriate range?

Does it start and finish on the tonic note?

Does it sound interesting?  Is it memorable?


My Learning in Music

How has the content covered in class so far (theory and performance) helped your development as a musician?

I think the content covered in class has helped my development as a musician because the theory really helped me understand how to read the notes easily, and know the flats and sharps with barely any problem. I think theory has also helped me recognize the key signature the song is in, and it has made me more comfortable and familiar with it. The performance part has helped me because I’ve learnt songs with higher notes, which therefore makes the song harder, and challenges me.

Discuss the ways in which you are furthering your development as a musician.

Since there are some songs with notes above the brake, on the clarinet, the high notes are quite hard to play, so I’ve gotten help from Mr. Dacho, and he taught me some exercises I can do, and tips on how to reach those notes, so I think thats how I am furthering my development as a musician.

Discuss how other musicians have inspired you to be more successful (consider musician in your class and/or in the school and/or outside of school).

I don’t think that a specific musician has inspired me, but I would pick one of the music teachers because they are all very passionate about music, and they’re all willing to teach us more. They also play a lot of instruments, and also play them really well, so I think that I should learn how to play the clarinet with passion, and have confidence in myself that I can play it well.

YOTH Performance

In the last week of January, we had a Chinese New Year Year of the Horse concert. I thought that this was a great experience for all the Grade 7’s and the process was really fun!

I enjoyed participating in the Year of the Horse CNY assembly performances because not only it gave me, but it gave most of the Grade 7’s a chance to perform their instruments in front of an audience and represent the Upper School. Also, I recognized some personal growth during the Year of the Horse CNY assembly rehearsals and performances. When I got the booklet with the song we were going to play, I thought I will be terrible and don’t know my part, but once we practiced more and more, we got better and better and I felt more confident in playing the piece. Even the clarinets got really good at our little solo bit. I think personal growth is how you are in the beginning of the unit compared to the end of the unit. If you stayed the same throughout the entire process, then you haven’t had growth, but if you started off not very good, but then at the end of the unit, you can almost memorize and play the piece well, thats personal growth.

When we were performing on stage, we had to wear a t-shirt that was red and had a yellow horse on the front. I really liked the design of the shirt because it was simple yet unique. The colours go well together, it stands out a lot, and from a distance, you can see it looks like a horse. I also thought the music was really creative and fun to play because I’ve never tried playing such a long song before. I really liked how Ms Lovett added a Gangnam style bit to the song and we got to use glow sticks during that part. I thought to the younger kids, it really made them enjoy seeing all the glowing lights together.

Overall, I really enjoyed this experience of being able to perform, wear special t-shirts and being able to show other people what Grade 7 can really do.

Blues Blog

We concluded our Blues unit a few weeks ago and this is how I felt about it.

I have learnt more about Blues music because I learnt how to play the blues scale. I learnt how to make a composition using the Blues scale. I also learnt how to play a few Blues songs like “Blues Down Under” and “Wild Card”. I find Blues music really interesting because it is really calm but has a little twist to it. They add musical sounds that no one will really expect, kind of like syncopation.

I enjoy listening to Blues Music. I never really listened to it more since beginning this music but with the songs we have played in class, I like Blues Down Under and

I haven’t talked to my parents more about Blues Music but I tell them what we have been learning in class, for example, the songs we play and the new things I learnt.

I enjoy playing Blues Music in class band because as I said earlier, I really like when we play Blues Down Under and Wild Card because of the beat and rhythm of it.

I didn’t play as a Blues Soloist in band because I wasn’t brave enough to play it because I didn’t know how to and I didn’t know how to play it since the solo in Blues Down Under was running at quite a fast pace.

I haven’t written a Blues Solo before before this unit started. I don’t really enjoy writing a Blues Solo because I always can’t seem to find the right notes to put and I have nothing to write.

My favourite part of the unit was being able to play Blues Songs like Blues Down Under and Wild Card because I really like the sound of both of them, and when we play those two songs together as a class, it sound really good. When we are playing altogether and it makes me feel quite happy because each of us has our own instrument and it is up to us to make the song sound nice.