Unit 1 : French Reflection – Parle Vous Français

Statement of Inquiry:

The connection between the mother tongue and other languages enables people to develop skills and knowledge in language and acquire new languages.

Inquiry questions:

Factual – How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French? How can I introduce myself in French?

Many words in French are similar to English words. Like the spelling and the pronunciations of many words. In some cases, the structures in a French sentence are quite similar to English sentences.

Conceptual – How are languages linked to one another?

Languages are somehow linked to one another because many totally different languages, may come from the same place overall. A lot of languages also have some similarities too. Languages are also linked to one another because people also use different languages to communicate with people.

Debatable – Does learning a new language make my mother tongue stronger?

I think it depends, sometimes learning a new language can make people’s mother tongue stronger, and sometimes not. For example, learning French might teach English speakers more vocabularies that are translated into English from French. But like English and Chinese, it is a totally different language, learning English while Chinese is your mother tongue cannot help make your mother tongue (Chinese) better since the two languages are really different.

Peer Review – Music Summative Assesment

Criteria Cii

Name of peer : Karen Cheung

Song choice : Amazing Grace

Blog post link : http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/140297/

Listen or watch your peer’s final recording submission. After listening, read their artistic intention and thought process behind their work. How does what you thought align with theirs?   

I think Karen’s recording sounds cheerful and sweet, it is also really calm. I think that both of our works are also trying to make it simple, and clear. We both did not add special sound effects to the recording with editing.

What interesting, different, or exciting elements did they use that you would be incorporate into yours next time round?   

Karen’s recording is a really cheerful, upbeat and fun one. She sang the song “Amazing Grace ” really rhythmic and a faster beat. Next time, I could sing the song like her too, first understanding the meaning of the song, then find and choose the appropriate mood while sing it.

Did the context of the song change through their interpretation? 

Karen changed the tempo of the song, and a slight change to the mood of the song. She sang and played the ukulele a bit faster than the original version of “Amazing Grace”. She made the song more upbeat and cheerful than the original song.

Music Summative – Saxophone

Saxophone Recording – Go for Excellence !

Please enjoy ! 🙂

I have developed the skills required to perform this music successfully over the first music section. Explain… 

I did developed the skills required to perform this music successfully over the first music session. I definitely improved on breathing, fingerings, the correct posture of playing the saxophone and making the best sound I could by practicing at home over and over again.

I demonstrated the application of skills to create a successful piece of music. This is as good as I can get it! Explain…

This recording is the best as I can get, I followed the tempo of the music piece and I tried my very best to make a really good sound on my saxophone by controlling my breathing and be really familiar at each one of the notes. I also tried to make each note sound steady to make the piece sound nice. I am also pretty satisfied because I actually learnt how to play an instrument decently in such a short period of time.

 

 

Design 360 Video

My design 360 video :

https://youtu.be/wIawSO8fQCo

Reflect 1 :

In what ways did you create a successful VR video promo?

I think I chose the suitable and right place to record. The music that I chose also gave the video a happy and inspirational touch. While editing the 360 video, I added some key words of my design around the screen, and I think it makes the video even more inspirational with the music.

Reflect 2 :

What improvements would you make to your VR video promo ?

For my logo,I could make it a bit smaller, so that people can clearly see the whole logo. I feel like the logo is not really that relevant to the concept and the main message I am trying to tell people in my video. Although is it not really relevant, I feel like the logo itself is quite cute. However, if I had a chance to improve my video, I think I should add a voiceover, talking about what is my design about and say out the quotes I added to the video. Another change is that I could add a bit more information about my designs since I feel like there should be more details about my personal designs.

 

閱讀報告考試反思

在大摡三個星期前,我們的班做了一個閱讀考試。我覺的這一次的閱讀考試不是太難,我也是大概明白那一篇文章的。 而我錯的那些都是不應該錯東西來的,只要我下一次不要再犯那些就可以了。但是有其中一條的問題我不是太明白的,所以我要學多一點詞彙,那麼我就可以完全理解問題是問什麼了。

Music Summative – Ukulele

Here is my ukulele recording of Amazing Grace (without singing), enjoy 🙂

Here is my ukulele recording of Amazing Grace with singing, please enjoy 👍🏻

 

STATEMENTS :

Ai. Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of           appropriate language.                                                                                                            Aiii. Demonstrate awareness of the links between the knowledge acquired and artwork created.                                                                                                        Ci. Identify an artistic intention.

Through the process of learning Ukulele skills and working through Garageband I learned musical terms/definitions.

Through the process of learning Ukulele skills and working through Garageband I learned a lot more about the time signatures and notes on the music sheet. I thought that the ukulele was really hard at first, because I had no idea about the strumming pattern and the notes. Now, because I’ve practices many times, I became more familiar with the strumming pattern and notes of the music sheet. I learnt that I need to practice a lot to achieve and improve on any skills. I am really new to Garageband and I did not know how to use it, but then I did some researches about it and I found a few really useful youtube tutorial videos about editing the recording of my instrument and ukulele.

How were your decisions on your final arrangement informed by the formative unit work?

For my final arrangement informed by formative unit work, I decided to strum the chords gently and lightly, I also did not add any special sound effects because I wanted my version to be simple and original. Before recording me playing the ukulele, I practiced playing the song many many times at home with my brother’s ukulele, but it was a little bit too fast. At the final recording, I decided to make it a bit slower, so people can enjoy the music and clearly hear what am I sing / playing.

Music is communication, music is compromise, music requires discipline, music means collaboration. Discuss in relation to your work.

Music requires discipline and collaboration because when bands work together, they have to cooperate and play music together and not messing around.

 I had a strong artistic direction for my final musical audio recording.

While recording me playing the ukulele, I tried playing it a bit faster and lighter since the song I chose “Amazing Grace” is about happy things and miracle happening.

 I enjoyed this unit very much. My favourite parts were…
 
My favourite parts were getting to play the ukulele, the saxophone and  trying to play the flute. I am so happy that I finally get to play the flute since I am really interested in it, however, I tried both the saxophone and the flute and I think the saxophone suits me better. In this unit, I also get to play the ukulele, I’ve always wanted to play the ukulele, since it looks really fun and happy to me.
  I did not enjoy this unit. The elements that contributed to my lack of enjoyment were…
None.
 After completing this unit I think that there could be improvements. I feel…
 
After completing this unit I think that the quality of my audios could be much more clearer and better. I feel satisfied too, because I got to try many different instruments and I learnt two new instruments, the ukulele and the saxophone.

The Giver – Book or Movie

Everyone have their own thoughts and opinions about different movies and books but The Giver is special. For the story The Giver, by Lois Lowry, I prefer the movie more than the book version. In the movie, it mentioned about memories a lot more detailed than the book. For example, in the book, it did not mention a lot about the memories the Giver gave Jonas before he left. In the movie, it mentioned about the histories of the community/world. In the book, Jonas did not receive a lot of memories about the past of the community and the wonderful experiences of skydiving, dog sledding, and kayaking. He also did not receive the scary, horrible and bloody memories of the war. In the movie, it mentioned a lot about the thoughts and others after Jonas left. Referring back to the  book, it did not mention that much about what happened after Jonas crossed the boundary of memories. For example, the movie showed us that everyone in the community saw colours after he crossed the barrier. It showed what happened to Fiona, Asher, the Giver and Jonas’s family. Compared to the book, the movie mentioned a lot more things about the community, characters and memories. Overall, because of the reasons I just mentioned, I like the movie a lot more than the book.

中文單元一 – 反思

在這一個單元裏,我學會了做很多更詳細的句子。在大概二至三個月前,我的作句不是很好,因為我不懂的用關連詞。      但是,做完了老師給我們的工作紙後我懂了放關連詞在句子裏。 我的老師也給我們做了一個 doc , 她把我們不懂的詞彙放在那裏,讓我們在造句的時侯可以用那些詞。總括來說我是挺喜歡這一個單元

Maths Summative ~ Criterion C

This video I made is explaining how to do a question I got wrong on the Math Crit A test by using different solutions but with the same results. I also showed how to do a similar type of question searched on the internet step by step.

Here is the link to the Youtube video :                                                                                                     LINK 

 

My Instrument Info for Grade 7

Hello everybody, on Wednesday, I finally had my first music lesson, and we need to choose an instrument to learn. For me this is a really hard decision, because there’s a lot of instruments that I want to learn. Like : flute, clarinet, saxophone and more. After doing some researches, I decided to play the saxophone.

Why

I chose the saxophone is because it sounds so cool and relaxing to me. A lot of my friends, told me that playing the saxophone is so fun and I will definitely enjoy playing this breathtaking instrument.

How to clean it

There are 5 steps while cleaning the saxophone, cleaning the body, using a pad saver, cleaning the mouthpiece and the reed, and lastly, polishing and wiping the body.  There’s some more details below on the 5 steps while cleaning the saxophone.

  1. Cleaning the body                                                                                                                    I need to clean the body using a brush or cloth on a long string with a weight on the opposite end. Then, I will Put the weighted end into the bell of the saxophone and turn the sax upside down. Bring the weighted end through the body and come out the narrow end. Gently pull the swab through the body several times.

I need to always clean my saxophone after using it because it helps dry the interior so that pads are not damaged, inhibits bacteria growth, and removes any build-up of foreign particles from foods, beverages or saliva in the instrument.

2.  Using a pad saver.

After swabbing, I need to use these to clean the body because theres are helpful for removing any residual moisture. I will first insert the pad saver through the body’s narrow end, let it absorb moisture for a few seconds, then remove.

3.  Cleaning the mouth piece

As the mouthpiece comes into contact with my mouth, I will have to always clean it. To clean it, I will need a mouthpiece brush/a small toothbrush to remove any residue inside the mouthpiece. Lastly, I need to run cold water through the mouthpiece, pull a clean, lint-free cloth through the mouthpiece to dry and remove any particles.

4. Cleaning the reed

The warm air you blow into the reed contains saliva, which provides a moist place for bacterial and fungal growth as well as food particles that damage the instrument. So what we do is to wipe a clean towel or cotton swab down thoroughly after each use. This will stop bacteria and chemicals from congealing. 

5. Polishing and wiping the body

Finally, the last step is to use a brass lacquer polishing cloth to polish and wipe the body. While doing this step I have to avoid wash clothes, paper towels and any cleaning product, because they are not specifically made for brass instrument care.

How to put it together

To assemble the saxophone, I will have to first lay the saxophone case flat, and remove the reed from the reed guard. Now I have to remove my neck strap from the case and place it around my neck. Next pick up the body of the saxophone and attach the clip of the neck strap to the little ring on the side of the saxophone.  Then, steady the saxophone with one hand and remove the end plug from the top of the saxophone, and plug in the case. After that, I may apply a thin coat of cork grease to the cork and rub it in. (When it is hard to put on the mouth piece, I apply cork grease. )

Next, twist the mouth piece onto the cork covering about 1/2 of the cork. Once I am done, I loosen the neck screw and gently twist the neck into the neck receiver, and tighten the neck screw. (the neck screw is on the back of the neck receiver)

Lasly, I take the reed and secure it onto the mouth piece with the ligature. (ligature is the golden piece)

And this is how you assemble a saxophone.                                                                

After assembling it, it should look like this.

How to make the sound

I first place the mouthpiece in my mouth with the reed and ligature positioned correctly. My top teeth should be rested on the top of the mouthpiece. Now this is the tricky part, I have to tighten the muscles on the side of my mouth but don’t tighten my bottom lip.

Finally, I think I will definitely enjoy the process of learning and practising saxophone. I will try my best to clean my saxophone everyday and treat it really well. In conclusion I look forward to learning how to play the saxophone, I know it will be a bit challenging for me, but I will try my best to learn and practice as hard as i can.