• 043077 wrote a new post, 11. The Arts TOK, on the site Ryan 1 month ago

    An expression of creativity and skill in an observable form.

  • 043077 wrote a new post, CAS Who Am I?, on the site Ryan 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    My strengths would be in the action side of CAS. The activities that I do allow me to not only collaborate with others to develop my skills, but I also get a lot out of just being around others that are passionate […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Intuition, on the site Ryan 6 months ago

    What is intuition?
    Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. It can be described as a “gut feeling” as well.
    What is system 1 and system 2 […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, 6. Language, on the site Ryan 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    What are the characteristics that you feel best describe language? Why?
    I believe that all language is perceived very differently and varies from person to person. However, language can only be language if there […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, 3. Sense Perception, on the site Ryan 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    After this class, I believe that I am more of a perceptual realist rather than a perceptual relativist. Mainly, I believe that for the most part, what we see in our everyday lives is what is really out there, and […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, IB Retreat Blog Post, on the site Ryan 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    After attending the IB retreat from September 1st to 2nd, I believe that I learned a lot and developed myself and adapted it better. I believe the small seminars in the house groups were particularly effective […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Service Post, on the site Ryan 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    I helped the community by doing charity work for the elderly by giving them gifts, teaching underprivileged kids english, as well as partaking in the Fiji CAS week trip by building a usable road for an […]

  • Hi Ryan.
    This composition was made very well, and I enjoyed listening to it. I liked the contrasting parts especially because each part was something new and unheard, yet could all be related together. The use of […]

  • In music class, our most recent task was to compose a minimum of 24 bars of our own melody. We achieved this by using an app called Finale 2014, and everything was made from scratch. As I had nothing to begin […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Thru The Lens: Reflection, on the site Ryan 1 year ago

    Our documentary:

    Overall, I believe our final documentary was a successful one, because it met our design specifications we came up as a group. I believe that most of the points in our “essential” column were […]

  • 1. How do you think you did with your performance assessment? Did you perform as well as you thought you would, or not?

    I think that I did fairly well during the assessment, but I believe I played worse than I […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Resume, on the site Ryan 1 year, 3 months ago

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Cover Letter, on the site Ryan 1 year, 3 months ago

    November 25, 2015
    Mr. Smeed
    Smeehu High School
    32 Old Avenue, New Territories, Tower 3 Flat 7/F

    Dear Mr. Smeed,
    After looking at countless different schools in Hong Kong, one that […]

  • Before going to Fiji for this year’s CAS week, I am excited for what is to come this week. I chose this trip because I wanted to experience Fiji for what it is, eg. it’s strong history / culture, sights, […]

  • Line 60:
    This was the piece we had to play. Prior to the recording, I had practiced for 20 minutes straight, and before today I believe I have played this song around 1-2 hours alone at home, not including class […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Heart Valve Design, on the site Ryan 1 year, 5 months ago

    This is my video about my final model. This model is an elaboration of my prototype B. Some significant changes I made was that I ensured that masking tape would not be in a place where it could get wet. I used […]

  • 043077 wrote a new post, Design Day Term 1, on the site Ryan 1 year, 6 months ago

    Today was known as a Design Day. We had to complete tasks, individually, and in groups to prepare for the real design cycle that takes place later on in the year. What we did today was look at the anatomy of the […]

  • This year in history class, we had the task of coming up with the 10 most important events in the 20th century. Once we came up with them, we as a group created some sort of presentable timeline that we would […]


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    Today, we finished all the summative assignments related to music. For my theory test, I received a 5/8. I am not satisfied with this score as I did review quite a bit prior to the test. I think I am most weak on transposing and creating 7th chords, and that is what I will focus on for next time we have a test. I do not often study for transposing at home, so that I believe would be my main priority. I will use the notes I got from grade 5 theory tests (ABRSM) to revise for the next test in grade 10. An area I did improve on was writing triads and intervals. Last test, I remembered that I did quite poorly in that section, so I throughly went through my notes to fully understand how they work. Although I got one or two wrong, it was an improvement from the last theory test. I believe I also improved on drawing key signatures. I used to be quite confused with all of them, but now I memorised them all and know what major / minor has what key signature. However, another point I could focus on is alto / tenor clef. I didn’t remember what they were coming into the test, so I did not do a question about constructing a scale in alto clef well. I got them confused, and that cost me two marks. I need to learn what they are for next time.


    For my performance, I can say that I have improved quite a bit from the beginning of the year. I think that I did the performance piece Etude quite well. I had tried my best to follow all marks of dynamics, articulation, tone quality, but most of all breathing. Mr. O’Toole had told us in class to breathe every 2 bars so that we can link our notes better, so I aimed to do just that during the test. However, up to about 3/4 of the way, I started to run out of breath. The last few notes in my opinion were quite unclear and was not played well because I completely ran out of breath and could not play anymore. This made it very hard for me to connect the notes and make a proper slur. I tried to speed up the tempo during the middle – end section, but I started speeding up rapidly and it became very noticeable, so I decided to play back in the original tempo. For my articulation, I had a hard time tonguing throughout the piece. It was very long, so I ended up being quite inconsistent at the end as I couldn’t keep my composure. That is an area of improvement for me. Rhythm wise, I think I did pretty well. I followed the right tempo  But for the rest of the piece, I believe I practiced enough to make sure I hit the right notes, but I still had a bit of errors at some places. Overall, my grade was a 7 and I am quite content with that score. I need to mainly work on my technical skill such as playing properly after a period of time. What tends to happen is that my cheeks can not squeeze in the air, so it starts leaking and gets very hard for me to play. I need to train this up by practicing more out of class time, but that has been difficult as I could not make much time to play the clarinet due to my leg injury.

    I think the IB learner profile that reflects my learning in music this year would be open minded. This is because throughout music, I have learned much more about the music world. I know more about jazz, I know more about new theories in music, different styles, etc. It has really opened my eyes to the world of music more, and I am now a lot more accepting of different types and styles of music. A learner profile I need to work on is being a risk taker. I need to learn to try new things, probably a new instrument if possible so I can broaden my variety of instruments played.


  • 043077 wrote a new post, Ternary Composition Reflection, on the site Ryan 2 years ago

    After finishing my composition, it has been played to the class and my peers have given some valuable feedback. For my composition itself, I have met all the criteria that is needed by the composition rubric. That […]

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