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    On my final theory test I got a 43/50, which translates to a 7/8. I definitely could have done better this round and I’m not all too happy with the grade I got, as I’ve been getting full marks in most Criterion A tests. I think I should have studied folk music better. The biggest thing about folk music that tripped me up was that my last music presentation (The Oral Folk Presentation) I focused Old Polina, by the Great Big Sea, which is similar in context, melody and is performed by the same band as Lukey, the folk song we were quizzed on. I messed up and wrote my entire folk section under the impression that we were writing about Old Polina. Also, I was good at reading key signatures but I still have trouble writing them out. I will work on that this summer so I’m ready for my next music course next year.


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    On my final playing test I got a 10/10 for scales and a 10/10 for the playing piece. I am very happy with these grades and I am really proud of myself. I put quite a bit of effort into preparing for these tests and actually found playing The Entertainer quite challenging even though I play guitar extensively. This is because when I play guitar it is mainly chords and if there are single notes they are usually hammer ons, pull offs and slides. However, Mr. O’Toole said not to hammer on, pull off or slide when playing the song so I had a fair amount of trouble stopping myself as it is one of my habits to do so. When looking at my grades, it is evident that I was successful in doing this. Next year, I will try to play bass better by having more of a downwards motion when plucking the strings.

  • I think for my Criterion D I deserve a 6/8 because I have always finished my homework on time, never forgotten my book and I almost always use my practice diary. However, during class sometimes I get distracted by my bass and I really like a riff and play while Mr. O’Toole is talking. For that I think my mark should drop from an 8/8 to six. Also, I can get distracted quite easily, but I have found this happening much less towards the end of the year. Although I did not join a band I performed music several times throughout the year, including CDNIS Got Talent, Mulan and the G8 Dance. Overall, I have tried really hard in music this year and I think that is evident when you look at my marks in the other criteria. I really enjoy music and I look forward to going to the Berklee College of Music’s Summer Program this summer to study jazz/blues guitar and vocals.

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  • After putting up my music composition last week, I received comments from most of my class. They all said they liked my composition a lot. I think this was largely due to the fact that I was the only one in the […]

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    Above is the summative assessment for all we have done on composition this year. Please feel free to give me feedback, as any would be greatly appreciated.

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    Today during Music class we had to copy a piece of music titled “The Greatest Song Ever” from sight onto our computers using a program called Finale, which allows you to create music on the computer. This was […]

  • 043033 commented on the post, Final composition , on the site Julia's blog 3 years, 6 months ago

    I like the song in general but it sounds more like a sci-fi piece than a spring evening.

  • I like the conjunct motion – especially the scales. Overall it’s a cute song.

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