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  • ThumbnailThroughout the year, I believe that I have progressed quite a lot in my playing ability, understanding of theory, knowledge of jazz history and composing ability. I feel that I have made the correct decision in […]

  • In this unit, we had to create an 8 bar rhythm with just one note of the saxophone, as I am an alto sax player. We then changed the simple rhythm to an 8 bar melody with different notes. We then extended this 8 bar melody into a 24 bar ternary composition going by the format A-B-A, with the piano as an accompaniment. I needed to transpose my melody in the A part which was a Bb Major into an F Major.

    Throughout this entire process, I could not have succeeded without feedback from my peers. I thank my classmates in my class as they guided me to success. With their help, my music was better than before. In every stage of the process, we needed to get a minimum number of comments. I took these comments seriously by considering what was said and how I could apply it into my composition. All the feedback I received was constructive feedback and it allowed me to progress throughout the entire project with ease. Comments played an important role in making my piece as successful as possible, because I didn’t have much composing experience before this.

    Overall, I think that my final composition was successful to an extent. Starting off with the positives, I think I had fair rhythmic and melodic balance. I got many comments saying that my melody was really nice and creative, and my piano part suited it and accompanied it well. I think that all sections of the music were equally as good, no section stood out more than the other. I think there was good amount of repetition of phrases throughout my whole piece. I also tried to mix it up a bit and the difference between the phrases were apparent too. The comments said that it’s playable because its in the range for an alto sax, however the tempo might be too fast for some, especially when sight reading with the higher notes. I think my use of conjunct melody made it more playable, because all notes are closer together. Looking at the negatives, I regret not using more performance directions, it is very easy to do and would of upped my mark. The same goes for dynamics because I didn’t have many. In general I think I labelled all my chords,cadences, NT and PT’s correctly in Part A where it was mandatory. Also, there was an appropriate use of chords and no one complained with the transition through chords.

    After class, my classmates commented on my composition, and they all said that the melody was very nice because it flowed well, which is a huge positive when you are the composer. To conclude, I had so much fun in this past month or two and I think I did alright in meeting the expectations for the assignment, and I feel that I accomplished something when thinking about my composition.

  • Hey Kowin, your melody is really catchy! There also is a good rhythmic and melodic balance. You labelled all your chords and you have many dynamics.

  • Hey Aryaman, your melody was mostly disjunct, but it did have some nice conjuct parts in there. The rhythm is balanced and I like the repetition of phrases. Also, some chords clashed with the melody

  • Hey Alice Exo-L, you have an interesting melody with some melodic and rhythmic balance. This piece looks very playable. Performance directions are written in Part A and chords are labelled throughout.

  • 043042 commented on the post, Ternary Melody Summative, on the site Anson Li 4 months, 1 week ago

    The melody was very original. I like how you didn’t include a title to make this piece more mysterious. Performance directions are present and appropriate (dynamics, tempo, articulation) and the melody is playable.

  • The melody is consistent and parts were repeated throughout. Performance directions are present and appropriate (dynamics, tempo, articulation). It is a playable piece as well.

  • The start of you composition was really nice and I liked how you repeated this throughout your piece, it gave your piece a sense of connectedness. The oboe part of the piece was the main part, it stood out and the […]

  • I feel the middle of the b section is really nice, maybe you can do the same or something similar for the rest of the section? Some of the chords don’t sound right so maybe you can fix that. You need to add […]

  • Factual:
    1) What are the production methods businesses use?

    The 3 production methods that businesses use are job, batch and flow. The job production method is used when a company wants to produce a product by itself, to maximize the products quality, this is usually because the product is of a higher value. Batch production is when a company produces their product in batches or groups. This is usually because of an anticipated change of design in the near future, or simply just being wary of not producing too much, because storage costs are high. Flow production is when the demand for a product is high and the company is producing as much of one product as they can.

    2) How do businesses organize their financial information?

    3) What motivates employees?

    There are 4 different motivation theories (Taylor, Mayo, Herzberg, Maslow) that theorise how workers are motivated. According to Taylor, the sole factor that motivates employees is money. Elton Mayo was a social theorist and he theorised a better working environment helps motivate employees. Abraham Maslow was a motivational theorist and theorised people are motivated to achieve certain needs, when one need is fulfilled then they will move on to another. Herzberg also theorised people get a lot of their satisfaction from work, whether from completing a task or overcoming a challenge. However, another main factor in Herzberg’s theory is workplace hygiene.

    Conceptual:
    4) How do businesses determine the profit potential of goods and services?
    5) How do marketers satisfy the needs and wants of markets?
    Debatable:
    6) What is the best way to motivate employees?
    7) To what extent has ICT created opportunities for business?
    8) Is there an optimal leadership style?

  • Nice melody, but need to change it and make it more exciting. maybe modifying the melody a little bit with different notes, and adding some performance directions would help.

  • My strengths in Chinese are talking, my weaknesses are reading and writing. I think I improved my talking because I sometimes have conversations with my mum in Chinese. I aim to read more books to improve my reading skills and also broaden my vocabulary, which will come in handy when I am writing. For this oral summative discussion, we had to discuss about our previous unit with a partner, which was about tourism. Overall I think the oral presentation went well for me, because as I said, my talking is slightly better than my reading and writing as per right now. Also, I had practiced before the discussion so I knew what I was going to say, to an extent, because things may turn dramatically in a discussion.

  • Unit 3 Questions of Inquiry

    Factual:
    1) Why do businesses expand globally?

    The most important and obvious reason that businesses expand globally through franchises and branches is for financial growth. […]

  • “The ballot is stronger than the bullet” – Abraham Lincoln

    This quote is written by Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, some say he is also the most influential president. Abraham Lincoln got elected for president when the United States was in conflict, the South saw guns as an opportunity for power and the North wanted to stop slavery. It was a very hard time for any president to be elected, no matter how recognised you are this was always going to be a huge task. With that being said, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t greatly recognised and didn’t have past experience, he had elected many times for different positions but this was the first time he won, and he became president.

    Abraham Lincoln made this short and bold quote because he wanted to express his powerful thoughts of voting. Abraham Lincoln felt that the freedom to vote for what you think is right is the most influential action that could affect the United States in the future. He compared the power of voting to a gun’s bullet, because at the time the South was fighting against the North in their hopes of winning. Since everyone knows that a bullet can kill and a ballot can’t, this is what makes Abraham Lincoln’s quote so bold and strong. Abraham Lincoln stood up for what he thought was right and eventually actions were taken.

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