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Unité 1 Parlez-vous français- Critères C et D à l’oral

Task: create a role-play to include all of the information you have learned since the beginning of the year.

  • Challenges – what were some of the challenges

Me and my partner Jayden worked hard and well but there were a few challenges. One of them was how we had to find a good spot to record. When we did it was worth it because our spot was quiet and it did not echo when we spoke. Another problem we came across was when we didn’t finish our recording in one of the lessons, now that might sound like bad time management skills but we got together at lunch and finished our recording, this shows that we were both responsible and we worked well together. Overall we had a few bumps and challenges but we solved them and we worked quite well together too.

  • How do I feel about my results

I feel that the results that I received were very well chosen and if I were to grade it myself I would probably do the same.

  • Goal for next time
Next time I will make sure to finish my recording in one lesson and make the script a bit more clear to read and understand.

Ukulele Stay With Me


Discuss the following creative decisions you made for your song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!


How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
My recording is in some ways the same as the original song. I have the same lyrics as the original “Stay With Me” and my chords are too. This was important because if I change the song too much than someone won’t be able to recognise which song it is. I kept the “tone” of the song the same too. This is important because the song is quite serious and sad and if I sounded happy and cheerful it would give the wrong/ different message. Lastly, I kept the keys on the piano the same as the keys on the ukulele. This made the ukulele and the piano sound smooth and compatible together. If I made the keys on the piano and the ukulele different from each other it would sound out of place and slightly random in some ways.


How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
I change a few things to make the song pair with the ukulele better and make everything sound smoother. The drums I made simple and quiet to keep with the sad/ serious theme. The reason I did this is because If I made the drums very loud and complex it would Make it hard to hear the ukulele over the loud drumming, this would also slightly startle the listener because it is a sad and slow song but if I added complex and loud drums to my recording the listener would probably be confused. My recording is also shorter the original song, this is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the end of the song I chose is quite hard to do and sing in some cases. Secondly, the notes were not given on the ukulele notes platform that I was using. Finally, I feel that if I did do the last part of the song it would drag the recording on a little bit and the listener would feel bored or uninterested.


Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!


Ukulele Skills… *
During the time we were given I learnt quite a lot. I learnt the command to cut and line of recordings and I learnt the command for delete the chosen line of recordings. I learnt how to chuck the ukulele, this is very useful but I didn’t use it in my song for a few reasons. I didn’t think that chucking the ukulele was a good fit for my song, it didn’t blend in very well with the theme and tempo of the song. I also didn’t use chucking because I am not very good at it, I felt that if I used it I would make the song sound messy and sloppy. The last thing I learnt was the tuning feature on Garageband. This was very useful for my ukulele recording stage because If I felt that it was out of tune I could open the feature and see if it was. If It was then I could go and ask Mr.Otoole to tune it for me.


Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
A big part of this task was the software instruments. I learnt how to use the piano and drums on Garageband. The piano was one of the software features that I used. This was useful because I could easily get the notes (F, C and A minor) on the piano. Then I could easily record me playing those notes and copy past them where I need them. The piano was very useful in helping my music sound more like the original “Stay With Me By Stan Smith”. Software Drums were also useful in other ways. They helped keep everything to sound nice and equal. I made the drums simple and quiet because it didn’t drown out the other tracks by being too loud. This could have been a problem because If I made the drums too loud then It would be very hard to hear the ukulele, singing and the piano.


Time management for your project… *
I felt that I had decent time management doing this project. From the start I knew exactly what song I was going to pick/choose. The reason for this is because I know that I can play this song. I have done this song before in earlier years and I felt that I was comfortable with the song that I chose. I also chose this song because I knew all of the notes off the top of my head. I was comfortable with the notes C, F and A minor because they are easy to remember and simple to change fingers when playing. I also felt I had good time management because I finished and handed in my song 4 days before it was due. This was good because I could listen to it and see if there was anything that sounded wrong. If their was a problem that I had to fix then I would un-submit the song and tweak whatever needed to be fixed and then re-submit it. I could do this because I handed it in early and had a few days before the deadline.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I think that I had a good sence of responsibility when it comes to getting my work done on time. This can be shown through how I created my blog post and handed in my music 4 days before the deadline. I also memorised the lyrics of “Stay with Me” because this it would be a lot easier to record. The reason for this is because I felt that it would be a lot harder if I had to go onto the lyrics page memorise the beats at the same time. I also think that I was responsible for doing this project on time because I felt that in class I worked really hard so that I wouldn’t have much home work. This shows that I have a good sence of responsibilty when it comes to home work and getting things done on time.

Trumpet Go For Excellence 61

Amazing Grace On Ukulele


Sung by: Max McLennan

Played By: Max McLennan

Answers to questions Written by Max McLennan


Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language.
Demonstrate awareness of the relationship between the art form and its context.
In the following questions you must use CORRECT MUSIC TERMINOLOGY.
Make sure you know the specific terms of what you need to talk about.
What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
The Key of my tune is C major and my time signature was 3/4
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
The rhythms that are used in amazing grace are mainly half notes and quarter notes but there are also occasional eight notes and dotted half notes. The reason that half notes are truly “amazing” in this song is because it puts emphasis on the first note of each bar. The quarter notes help move it to the next bar.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
During the recording phase of amazing grace, I did not use a metronome so I was left with quite some editing due to notes being too early or too late. I think I would say it took me 1 minute of editing per bar. If I were to do this again I would do the recording with a metronome to reduce editing and to make my recording on time.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
I have learnt new notes such as G, C, F, and G7. I have also learnt where to strum to get the best sound and also when recording to go closer to the microphone because the sound waves that were on my recording were too small and it made it very hard and frustrating to edit.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change
because of this? *
I feel that the tempo of my song was perfect because it wasn’t too fast and it wasn’t too slow. This was important in my case because I am not the most talented at the ukulele and I cannot play at high speeds so using 80 as my tempo was a very good decision.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
I mostly used the cutting tool on garage band because It was very useful when it came to editing my notes into time. It was simple to use and very useful, all I had to do was press command T and then move my chord to where I want it. I didn’t use Flex-Time or any plugins but I did do a lot of cutting and trimmings. Overall I found using garage band very easy and useful when it comes to music recordings and just recordings in general.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
I feel that I should have been more time conservative and I should have done more of the work in the beginning so I would be able to start recording earlier. If I did this It would have left me with more time to do the strumming and editing. I think that I wasn’t very time conservative during this project and if I was I would have probably gotten a better end product then I have already.

My Instrument Choice

Dear Readers,

Today is my second day of grade 7 and I’m already loving it. We had music class and we met our new teacher Mr. Liam OToole. After we arrived in the classroom he told us a few ground rules and then explained what we are doing this term. He said we were going to play an instrument of… wait for it… OUR CHOICE! I am so happy about this because I am musically challenged. And before this year I didn’t get to choose my instrument not for 1 year, not for 4 years not for 6 years but for 3 years! The reason I hated this so much was that I had no interest in these instruments, I didn’t really “connect” with them that much. But were in grade 7 now so the half chair half folding table things have turned and we get to choose our own instrument, so this is the moment that you as the reader has been waiting for (you probably haven’t). This is the moment that will change your life (it won’t), this is the moment that I reveal what instrument I picked and that lucky instrument is………. the Trumpet. yahhhh wooooooohooo. I know, I know it is quite a bold choice knowing that I have no musical talent whatsoever but I am going to work my  butt “rear end” off this year. My goal is to at least get one  7/8 or 8/8 and this won’t be easy butt but I am going to work so hard at school that hopefully and when I say hopefully I mean hopefully I will at least get one 7/8.

So in conclusion, I am not only trying to get one of the best grades possible in our grade and not only am I am going out of my comfort zone to try out a Trumpet for god knows Mr. OToole know how many classes (I think its 20) but I am also trying to write a couple of classes early so I don’t have to do it for homework. So if there is an inspiring message that no one listens to at the end of this post it will be to go outside your comfort zone and …… choose the trumpet!

Max Mclennan 7A

Trumpet Cleaning

How To Play The Trumpet

Young Americans Day 1

Dear readers,

Yesterday I had my first day of the young Americans and it was amazing! I loved how active it was, I did get quite tired though.  I had to sing and dance all day and it was so fun.

Young Americans

How are you feeling about the Young Americans?

This week we will be working with the Young Americans and I have mixed feelings about them. I want to do it because I feel it is an amazing opportunity. I don’t because I am really bad at singing.

Are you excited?

I am excited to learn new things about dance and singing but I am still nervous.

What do I know about the YA already?

I know that they have lots of talent in dancing and singing, they are encouraging and helpful.

Do you enjoy it so far?

I really like it so far and enjoy how active it is



Camping Chaos

Camp Day 1

In this post, I want to talk about my grade 6 camp that we went on. The Outward Bound (the campsite) is in Sai Kung and we spent 4 whole days there, it took an hour to get there by bus and I am happy it didn’t take any longer! I was happy when we arrived because I was all cramped up on the bus and I wanted to explore Outward Bound. When we arrived we did a base tour and met the instructors and our group, I enjoyed this part a lot because I really felt that our group bonded best then. After that, we had lunch in the main dining hall. That evening was pouring with rain, we had just set up our tents and we were soaked! Sadly we couldn’t sleep in our tents because of the rain so we had to sleep in the main hall with 4 other groups! I found it very fun because I had all my friends.

Two Stars And A Wish

STAR: I think that sleeping in the main hall is one of my stars because I enjoyed being around all my friends like it was a massive slumber party

STAR: I enjoyed the base camp tour and lunch because I felt that was the first time my team met and bonded

WISH: I wish it didn’t rain so much on the first night

Goal Reflection

Goal Reflection


I am focused in class and trying hard to get good grades

我做得很不好, 因为我的reading尚未完成.

I did a very bad job because my reading was not done yet.

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