Music December Response-18

Name *
Lisa Zhong


How successful was your theory presentation? What would you do differently if you had the chance again?*
My theory presentation was not very satisfactory. The technical problems with my computer caused our practice sheet to be very last minute and not very effective. In addition, the presentation was a little awkward at some points with me explaining the concepts nervously and reading off of the screen too much. If I had a chance to do the presentation again, I would spend more time practicing with my partner and memorising the scripts so that the explanation would’ve seemed more natural. I will definitely prepare all the materials needed for the presentation and fix any other issues in an advance. This way I would’ve been able to present and explain the concepts better to my audience.


Discuss your practice routines and development on your instrument. *
When I practice flute, I often start with long notes from the low C to High C. Then, I will octave legatos in order to better control my breath. When I practice long notes, I often tie an elastic belt on my lower abdomen so that I can control my breathing better and play longer notes. After that, I will practice a few scales with metronome to build up the finger strength and develop a sense of rhythm, articulation and speed. When I practice new songs and parts that I particularly have trouble with, I would turn the metronome to a very slow speed and practice note by note. This way, I can practice the parts with difficult fingering without ruining the tempo of the entire song.


How successful were you at your theory test? Discuss the concepts that you did not master. *
I did not do very well on my theory test, it was mainly because of the confusion that I had during the first question about the conversion between Major and Minor. I had mistaken number of semitones that I should have raised for a miner key to transform into major. When I finally realised that I made a mistake, I went back and rewrote the entire first page. This eventually caused the lack of time for me to finish the second page and the last page. However, this problem shouldn’t have ever occurred if I am very familiar with the basic concepts such as key signature and the circle of fifths, and I decided to revisit all the concepts that I had learned earlier instead of only focusing on the harder topics such as transposing instruments.


What are your strategies to improve results in the subsequent months? *
In the subsequent months, I will work harder so that I will get a better result on the next assessment. It is important to revisit all of the concepts constantly by doing more exercises to be more proficient in other tests. I will make sure that I understands all of the concepts in music by actively ask questions in class and after class. I will also take some practice tests to improve my test strategies. Since the failure in this theory test was mainly due to the fact that I spent way too long to figure out one single concept that I couldn’t even finish the second page. It is key to take mock tests so that I will make less mistakes and more sensible choices during the actual exam.


How do you show the IB Learner Profile in the music class? *
Inquires: Most people had chosen music out of the three different type of art classes because of their interests in instrument playing and music in general. As they explores the different application and forms of music in class, their enthusiasm in music will continue to increase. It is obvious that most students in music class are learning to seek for more knowledge actively. Knowledgeable: Knowledge is a large part of music. Students need to have enough knowledge to be able to play an instrument well, and knowledge of the notes and music score is also basic requirement for someone who wants to perform a song. Furthermore, the school introduces the music theory which enriches the students knowledge on the reasons behind the melodies that they play, and have a better understanding of the process of composition. Thinkers: With the knowledge that the school is has taught the students, the projects on composition is a perfect way for them to develop a better thinking skill and apply the knowledge that they had learned to a common situation. Communicators: Different music tends to have a different theme and emotion in it. Communicators in music class requires a good understanding of the theme of a music piece and capability to express through their instruments.

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Big Ideas in Science chemistry unit

Matter has mass and occupies space and everything is made of matter.

The difference between physical properties and chemical properties is that chemical properties are the ability for a substance to change, and physical properties are the characteristics of a substance itself.   This is important to the world because the scientists are able to identify the identity of their product or experiment.

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