Service As Action

1. How did you become more aware of your own strengths and areas for growth?
I became more aware of my own strengths and areas for growth through community service in Brunei when we went to a disabled school and played games with the kids there. We also learned how they take care of the children there and help them overcome their challenges. As the activities began I was shy but as I talked to the students I realized that being confident will make everyone happy and even myself.

2. How did you undertake challenges that developed new skills?
I learned that when playing games with the kids, I am shy in the beginning and don’t really know how to make everyone feel included in all the games. But after a while when I see all the kids having fun, I feel confident and let myself help the others feel more confident too. I developed social skills that will definitely help me in the future when I find myself in situations that I am not familiar with.

3. How did you discuss, evaluate and plan student-initiated activities?
When it was time for us to plan the different games we would play with the kids, we created groups and thought of different games we could play, dances or songs we could sing to that anyone can be a part of.

4. How did you persevere in action?
Since the kids were disabled and none of us had really hung out with someone in that circumstance before, we had to persevere and think of activities that they could understand and have fun doing. We decided to bring a speaker and play song songs, we played musical statues, red robin, etc. The kids had so much fun which made us as instructors very happy.

5. How did you work collaboratively with others?
I worked collaboratively with others when creating activities we could do with the kids and when we did these activities with the kids later on. As we went through struggles with coming up with games and making sure each kid was engaged in our activities, we all worked together and persevered through the challenges. Each of the kids all told us that they had a lot of fun and that made us really happy because it showed that we really did try and hopefully made their day a little better.

6. How did you develop international-mindedness through global engagement, multilingualism, and intercultural understanding?
I developed international-mindedness by using an intercultural understanding and global engagement when learning about the struggles each of the kids go through on a day to day basis. They learn slower and do everything slower but I learned that I need to think more about the people who have struggles and remember how lucky I am to be in the position I am in.

7. How did you consider the ethical implications of your actions?
I considered the ethical implications of my actions by deciding what activities to do that could make the kids feel appreciated and happy throughout the games. We wanted to make sure each person gets to have a chance and make sure everyone got what they wanted (f. eg one person wanted to play a specific song on the speaker etc).

My Educational App

In this design unit, our task is to create an educational app for a client of our choice. This app should be created within the mind of the client and it should also almost be entirely their ‘idea’.

Through my research I have found a lot of aspects that I will have to have in mind while I create my app. In a nut shell, I need to have my app look aesthetically pleasing, make sure it is stable and fast, it should survive in most extreme conditions, it should know it’s audience and be helpful etc.

The first thing a person does before downloading an app is seeing the icon that the app represents, obviously if it did not look aesthetically pleasing then no one would want to buy it. Also when the person opens the app, there should not be a clash of colours or a messy look because that would make that person delete the app no matter how good it might work. If the app looks aesthetically pleasing then the next thing a person would look for is if it is fast and follows all of their commands. The app should definitely not crash every time the person clicks a button. This then connects to seeing if the app can survive in extreme conditions, these conditions include clicking all of the buttons at the same time and maybe even turning on airplane mode and seeing what happens. If the app crashes every single time it means that the app needs fixing but if nothing unwanted happens then the app is perfect! Lastly, a great app should be able to know it’s users, what I mean by this is that the app needs to be unique, it should be something new that the user has not seen before. The app should be helpful and meet the user’s specific needs. A great app is an app you would want to use every day.

D-T3 Overall evaluation of personal performance

In this design project my target audience were the people who gave me feedback in the final criterion. This project can contribute to my classmates environmentally and economically, economically because if they buy my product, it will not very expensive since I did not use a lot of materials. If I used more materials then it would most likely be more expensive. Also it can contribute environmentally because my product does not use many materials that can harm the environment. My package uses blue tac and some pieces of tape which is not extremely bad for the environment so it means that I have a some what small environmental footprint on my package. The limitation of my package was that I had not thought about making the height of the equilateral triangle on my triangular prism shorter than the height of the rectangles on the triangular prism because, that would make the triangular prism be the same height all the way along when bending over the rectangles. So when I made my net I made the mistake to make it the same height. This effects the design part of the package because it results into making the handle of the package looking not like a handle exactly because of the top of the triangle sticking up. Luckily what I did in the end was just bend the tip in so it would not be noticeable. The benefit of my final package was that it was a unique and creative irregular shape that I do not think anyone else in grade 8 did, “I think your package it very creative and unique because you combined 2 3D shapes together, there are also handles which I think is also really nice.”. When I look back on my disciplinary approach towards the final product, it did not help me much because I needed more information to create a smart product. For example when I worked with the aesthetics, my product looked good but it was not smart because it had a large environmental footprint. On the other hand, when I looked at the aesthetics and the environmental consequences in an interdisciplinary approach, it did help me because I could then create an aesthetically good looking package without using materials that could harm the environment too much. These helped me create my final product because it made me think about not using many materials that could possibly hurt the environment in some sort of way. I had to think about materials that could be reused or recycled after making the product which was quite difficult in my opinion. In the end I came up with blue tac because it can be reused as many times as possible. This also helped me create my final product because I had to come up with an idea that would look good and irregular in my target audiences eyes. The final shape I chose almost looked like a handbag which I thought looked attractive because it is not a shape you would see a package look like out of the street for example. If I had to do the project again, I think I would have tried to focus on making a package that would not have any empty space inside. Because my object does not have a specific shape, it was difficult at first to find an irregular shape that could make sure that the package would not move around inside of it.

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16 Bar Melody & Chord Progression – Summative

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Criteria C:
Before I began my composition I decided that I wanted the rhythm to be upbeat and a kind of fast tempo so that it would be catchy for the the person who is listening. The time signature was also apart of the decision to make the tempo faster because the time signature takes a big part of that. I chose the flute and the piano as the two instruments because I think that the two sound very interesting together. Also I understand the flute the most out of all the instruments since I play it so that is why I chose it.

Criteria D:

My Feedback for myself:
What I like most about my composition is that the song is very cheery and its catchy which are types of songs that I enjoy listening to. The rhythm sometimes repeats which adds on to the effect of repetition. Something that I think that I could have done better is that there should be a more new notes to the bars, maybe try a new rhythm in the middle of the composition so that the whole music does not get boring. Overall I am very proud of my piece.

Feedback from others:
Leila:
I really like all of the different rhythms, and it flows very well. The notes and the chords all match, giving it a very nice sound. I also really like the tempo, as it is not really fast, and not too slow. Especially in bar 14 and 15 when there are a few rests, giving it a less upbeat feel. As it gives the song more of a storyline, and makes it less repetitive. Although you repeat a couple of rhythms a lot which sometimes may get a little repetitive. Something I would change would be in bar 3 and 4 where there are only quarter notes, as it feels like it’s missing something, and could be more interesting.

Steph:
I like how you have a similar rhythms which makes your song flow and sound good, all of you notes also match each other in every bar which makes it sound complete. I also like how you used a variety of different notes with different beats as well as different rhythms because it adds another level to the song so it doesn’t sound flat even though different notes are used. I also like how you made your ending note finish on the tonic but I feel like your song should also start on the tonic instead of on F. The last thing is that I think you should add something to bar 3,4 (like what Leila said) as well as 6,7 because it seems boring compared to the other bars. Otherwise good job 🙂

Kelsey:
I really like how you included lots of rests and made the piano play notes while the flute had rests. All of your chords are very good and not too repetitive. Something I would change would be the second to last not in bar 16 of the base line. It does not fit with the chord or the note that the flute is playing. This causes the end of the song to sound weird and kind of ruins the niceness of the rest of the song. The tone of your song is very clear and it is very nice to see you being creative with the rhythms. Overall I really enjoyed it 🙂

My feedback for others:
Leila:
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Greatest Song Ever

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What did you learn about Finale?
I learned that Finale is a very precise application which is very helpful for when you want to make a song and hear it without actually playing it yourself.

Did you find Finale easy to use?
I found it easy after I figured out where everything was.

Is there anything you found frustrating or difficult to do or find?
I didn’t think anything was frustrating to find, it was just a little difficult to find small specific things for the “Greatest Song Ever”.

Is Finale easier than writing out the music using paper and pencil?
Definitely, it is a lot quicker and it helps you make everything easier in song writing because it can play it back itself without you actually playing a million times.

8 Bar Melody

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Are there two phrase marks drawn?
Yes.

Do both phrases finish on a long note value?
Yes.

Are the phrases balanced (same length and of similar rhythm)?
Yes.

Is there variety (to make it interesting)?
A little bit at the end.

Is there repetition/imitation (to make it familiar)?
Yes.

March Reflection

1. Explain how you believe you are progressing on your instrument so far this year.
I believe I am progressing on my instrument this far into the year because I now understand how to play more songs and notes that I did not know before. In the beginning of the year, I had to write down the notes names above each note because I forgot what they all were, but now I don’t have to do that anymore.

2. Explain specifically what you are currently doing to improve your level of skill.
I am practicing at home more often and I am trying my best to understand how to play each note and every new note that I have learned. This helps me in class to try not to ask Mr. Dacho if I am playing the right note all the time.

3. How often do you practice?
I wish I practiced more but I think I practice maybe once or twice a week. I could improve this by practicing maybe 15 minutes everyday when I don’t have any other homework to do and I have some free time on my hands.

4. Which of these are you most successful at: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?
I think I am most successful at note accuracy, rhythm accuracy and tone quality because I believe they are the easiest to take control of. I am a perfectionist so when I practice I practice until I get a song completely correct because otherwise I kind of feel like a failure.

5. Which of these are you the least successful: note accuracy, rhythm accuracy, articulation, dynamics, tone quality, breathing/phrasing?
I am least successful at articulation, dynamics and breathing/phrasing because I don’t practice them very often. Breathing is my least successful out of the three, I find it difficult to take control of my breathing especially because when you play the flute you need a lot of air.

6. What can you do to improve as a musician?
I believe that as a musician I can first of all (at home) practice more when I have free time, and second of all (in class) practice my fingering on my flute when someone else is playing so that I don’t just sit there doing nothing most of the time.

End of Year Reflection

Theory Test
Today we got our theory tests back from last week and we had to mark them ourselves. I think I did much better than I did last time. Last time I got a 4, and this time I got a 6. I think I did much better this time because I understood what I was doing, I also studied much more for the test. I think I have improves lots more and I am very proud of myself. Next time, I need to work on adding up the notes and finding out what they are all together, that was the only thing I really needed to work on.

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Playing Test
Today we had our playing test. I think I did a good job if I were to be honest. I did mess up a few times and I may have gone a little too quick but overall I did a quite average job. I am expecting my grade to be a 6 which I will be happy for. I practiced this solo many times and through those practices I may have been mad but the times that I actually played it correctly (which is not very often) I was very happy. Honestly, I could have done better but I am still very proud of myself. Next time I do this type of thing I will improve on sticking to the beat that I have chosen and make sure I get my fingering right.

WHOLE Year Reflection
This year has flown by so quickly and I believe I have done really well in music. I have practiced and gotten better at playing the flute, the last summative probably shows that. I have been a risk taker and tried different notes and practicing songs on the internet so that I can develop my music skills. I have also been a reflector because I have reflected on most of my summatives on my portfolio in description. Overall, I have enjoyed music and playing the flute. Next year I will defiantly still play the flute.