End of Year Reflection

G9 Responding – End of Year/Exams

Your email address (lisazhong2022@cdnis.edu.hk) was recorded when you submitted this form.
Name *
Lisa Zhong
Discuss your playing on the summative material for the May OSSD tests. *
I performed poorly in my playing tests. I was unable to play the scales in the test as well as when I am practicing. My breathing was very bad due to my nervousness. This result in my bad tempo as I needed to breathe constantly in order to continue the performance. In addition, the solo performance “Stella by Starlight” was also a difficult song as it is a jazz solo and requires me to follow the background music which I was unaware of at the beginning. Although I did put in effort and a fairly long time to practice this song, and learned the notes and rhythm, I still had much trouble playing it along with the accompaniment music. Even though the results might not be the best that I could get, I was still able to improve my playing through this experience which is beneficial at the end.
How successful were you at your theory test? Discuss the concepts that you did not master. *
I was not very successful in my theory test. I was unprepared and had not expected the theory test but only the playing material. Therefore, I was not able to do most of the question correctly. Since I was unfamiliar with the questions and didn’t revise very well, it took me longer time to work out even the easiest questions. This led to the limited of time when that I have left when I finally got to the more difficult questions.
Discuss your Personal Development over the course of the year. *
I developed skills in song writing and composing. I was able to learn and improve my music theory knowledge. It was also considered a great practice opportunity for me to practice flute when I might be busy and didn’t have time to practice it at home. It was considered a motivation for me to practice at home since I now need to improve my skills in order to fit in the band and not to mess up the song and affect my classmates. My site reading skills also improved greatly during the process of learning new songs in the band.
How do you show the IB Learner Profile in the music class? *
I was able to take risks to try composing songs that I’m not familiar with and be creative about it. During the process, I had a lot of difficulties and made different mistakes in my composition. I overcame them by consulting my teacher and communicating with my fellow classmates to get their opinions and suggestions on my work. I learned instrument playing, music theory and music composition all in this one year in a very balanced way

16 bars song

16 Bar Song – Score

Comments:

  1. Didn’t read the instructions clearly, it should be an independent 16 bars instead of a combination of the 8 bars that was done previously and another new 8 bars.
  2. The Piano accompaniment is creative however the key is not very compatible with the previous 8 bars

 

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.