Ukulele Song Amazing Grace

Recently in Music, we had an assignment to do with our ukuleles. We were supposed to play anyone of the songs that our teacher provided us with. I played the song “Amazing Grace”. After learning the notes and being able to play it well, we recorded our playing and singing through GarageBand. Here is a reflection we had to do for this assignment and it also informs you about what my recording looks like:

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Demonstrate awareness of the art form studied, including the use of appropriate language.

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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? *
3/4
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
A step kind of a rhythm where it ascends and descend between a low and high pitch.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I feel like I have played the right notes at the right time and was able to hold most of them for a good length. Yes, there still might be some parts where while I’m strumming I cut the note short or the timing is wonky and I think that is something I can keep in mind during future assessments like such.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
I practiced the skill of strumming individual strings and making sure to hold it and not to rush to the next note.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I experimented with few different tempo speeds to see which one I felt suited the pace I went at and which went good with the mood of the song in my opinion. I had to change it now and then because it seemed too fast in some parts.
How did you use the editing tools in GarageBand? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming, plugins… *
I didn’t use many such tools in GarageBand but I did have to move my recordings around a bit and sometimes had to duplicate them/crop the recording for it to fit in right with the rest of my recording.
Discuss your recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
I was definitely not sure if I was going to finish it on time because I tend to send things to the last minute and in this case I didn’t use my time very effectively in some parts. I was also very concerned about getting everything in time and perfect in there recording which probably took a little time away from me as well.

My Instrument Choice 2019!

Hi!

In grade 7 music this year, we have to choose an instrument from choices given by our teacher. I have decided to go with the flute because I like the relaxing yet smooth sound that is produced. I am excited to see how I will progress learning a new kind of instrument. Here is some of my research on the flute:

How to produce a proper sound with the right technique: To be able to produce the proper sound on a flute, you need to have the right embouchure or the right lip positioning. For this, you have to keep your lips in a position like you would when saying “emmmm”. Here we have to remember not to tuck our lips in, keeping them at a rested position. Then, we tighten the corners of our lips a little and blow air out from the middle of our mouth (making sure it doesn’t leak from the corners of our mouth) like your saying the letter P. But remember to keep your lips relaxed and not to make an exaggerated hole when letting the air out. Using your finger as a embochure hole (the part of the flute where you blow to the farther edge making your air split producing the proper sound) blow out gently downwards using the right steps with not too much power. When using your lip plate, you have to make sure to keep it right below your lip, or else the sound won’t come out.

Source(s): Making a sound

Cleaning your flute: To clean your flute, you can use Egyptian cloth, cotton cloth or buy a cleaning cloth meant for cleaning the flute. First, you insert the cloth into the little hole on top of the cleaning rod pulling it just a little. Then, we have to wrap the rest of the cloth loosely around the rod making sure the top is covered so that it doesn’t scratch your flute when cleaning. Now you can clean all three parts of the flute by inserting the rod through the parts gently. Once inserted, you can turn the piece slowly so that all parts of the inner part of the piece are cleaned.

Source: Cleaning after playing

Parts of a flute/Opening the case: When opening your flute case, you have to make sure the handle and buckles are facing you and that the top part is facing upwards. If it’s the other way, the parts of your flute could fall out and possibly break. The top of the flute with the embouchure hole (where you blow into) and the lip plate (where your lower lip rests) is called the head joint. This part has no keys. Then comes the part with most of the keys which is also the biggest piece, the body. Finally, the bottom of the flute is the foot joint. With the flute, you might receive a cleaning rod/a cloth to help you clean your rod.

Source: parts of a flute

Assembly of flute: When assembling your flute, you should make sure that the crown or the closed part of the head joint is facing outwards. Then we have to pick up the body and slowly twist the side with the open hole, where there aren’t any keys, into the open hole of the head joint. We have to do this with a firm yet gentle grip on the body and now the foot joint. For the foot joint, we have to insert the side with the open hole and more keys on it into the body, slowly. We have to make sure that the embouchure hole is lined up with the keys on the body and that the foot joint rod that sticks out is lined up with the middle of the keys on the body, and the middle of the embouchure hole on the head joint.

Sources: Assembling your flute

🖊☄️Exhibition Refection!

Hi There!

It has been a while since I have written on here, but it’s good to be back! In this post, I will be reflecting on my PYP Exhibition, which is a end of year project which we have been working on since the beginning of the year. We all had to analyse our passions and interests along with different issues which we would like to look into or that we are passionate about. After this analysis, I chose to make a documentary about quality education.

After research and preparation, it was time for the real thing. The presentation.

It was difficult a few times when presenting, but felt nice once it was finished. Like said before, I am going to be reflecting today on my learning journey and process. I am going to be writing my reflection here to share with you.

Some things I felt I did well on, was my documentary. I felt like I had a good amount of information and pictures to put through my ideas. I had interviewed a few of my classmates, organisations and more. Of course, I didn’t include all of my findings in my documentary since it would go on for a longer time.

A few big takeaways from exhibition would definitely be to organise yourself properly through the whole process so that you know where you are heading and what to prioritise. I didn’t really follow this at first but then realised it was key to being successful. This also connects to the point of time management. You have to plan the time you have for anything wisely and spread things out reasonably. Those are my important take aways from this project and will definitely help me succeed in the future.

I hope I was able to share with you about my exhibition and also how I felt about the process.

Have a great week and thank you for reading my iFolio!

Math: Rates and Ratios

Hi,

In 6E, we have been learning about ratios and rates. We have a summative on Monday and I’m a bit nervous! But I know if I study and I understand things right, I will be able to do well. This test will be about what we have learned in the latest math unit – percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios, and rates. Converting, adding, subtracting, and finding the equivalent of the numbers that fall under these topics. At first, I found some of these topic quite challenging, but after some help and studying, I started understanding these topics better, able to find the equivalent for a rate and being able to find the percentage of a certain number.  35% of 380 = 133 or 23 apples: 1 minute = 115 apples: 15 minutes! Math may be a hard subject, but with some help and practice you can do anything!

Learning these topics are really essential to your everyday life, because once you know percentages you will be able to find out what “10% off” for a T – shirt with the original price of $50 would be (by the way, it’s $5). When were finding some percentage of something, it means were multiplying because every time ‘of’ is used in a math statement it means that you have to multiply. And since percentage is basically a decimal (like 10% is 0.1) it is easier for some people to calculate 0.1 times a number like 50. Just a little bit of my new knowledge!

So, wish me luck for this assesment! I hope I get a good score.

Bye for now,

Leah

Screen Agers Documentary

A few days ago at school, we watched a documentary called Screen Agers. This documentary was based on how kids (mostly teenagers) can get distracted or badly impacted from too much screen time. The director and researcher of the documentary also included her personal life and how her daughter wanted a phone because she thought it was cool. She interviewed other people about their life with electronics.

The weekly post!

Hey Guys,

This week we learned about Ratios and Rates in math. We had to be at 60% on Khan Academy, and guess what? I reached it!

We had our YesTalent meeting on Tuesday like always. Yes Talent is a group of graduated students from HKU, PolyU and ChineseU, who are interested in fashion. They have visited our school for a four week program. Every Tuesday, my class goes to the brand new Innovation Lab for a session with them. They have given us a fun and creative challenge! Our challenge is to make a dress relating to our unit about change. We are separated into groups. Each group gets a bag full of different materials with the help of lucky draw! The theme that my group has come up with is “Old school to Technology”. We have partly come up with the form of the dress and the colour scheme. We did some work in homeroom: We made an “Inspiration board” for inspiration on our dresses.

In P.E. we played a really fun game. This game was a type of a tag game, but with cards.

HWEO Chinese SA Reflection

Just the other day in Chinese, we had a SA. We had to make a skit and act it out with good expression, verbal expression, movement and good knowledge about the central idea.

STAR – I felt I was very good in my speech and verbal expression along with my facial expression. I was moving during scenes with action.

WISH – When the others didn’t know their part, I kept telling them that it is their part.

Here is my video:

 

Asbury Methodist Social Service Centre Field Trip

On November the 24th, my class and a few other grade 5 classes, visited the Asbury Methodist social service centre. It was a really fun field trip. We learned about how people in Honk Kong live in subdivided homes, or in partition homes.

Our teachers had asked us to stay together so that we wouldn’t get lost so, me and my group members linked arms so that we would never be split apart!!

Each class was split into groups of 5. Every group had a mission to complete. The first missions was small way to take action. Here are what our 3 missions were:

  1. Buy 2 toilet paper roll packs, 1 type of fruit and one type of vegetable – My group got 2 banana bunches as the fruit, and 4 cabbages as the vegetable.
  2. Find a poster that sends the message of there being a partition home on rent, and take a picture of it or bring it back to the Asbury centre with you – While my group was walking, we saw posters, but not about partition homes being on rent.One group did find a poster though. The picture above is what it looked like.
  3. Go to the Yi Pei park and take a group photo, then count how many chairs there are – We were running short on time.

My group visited one of the thousand partition homes in Hong Kong. The partition home that we visited had a family of 5 living in it. At that time, only the mom was there. We asked her about how she lived there and a bit about herself. She has lived there for a long time with 3 children. In her house, we noticed a random door. We asked her what was on the other side of the door and she said it was another random person living there. We were all pretty shocked.

I really liked the way she organised her house. Her daughter slept on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed, so she decided to store any lose items or resources on the top bunk.

1. What are the most important furniture for you? (Name three items)
1.  A bed  2.  Wadrobe  3. Table

2. What are the most important electrical appliances for you? (Name
three items

1. Light (e.g. lamp) 2. Radio 3. Clock

3. Is it available to place all the above items in subdivided unit?

Yes, it is. All of the above are simple resources you would really need in your daily life.

4. Imagine that if you live in the subdivided unit, how to make use of the
space to place those kinds of items? What is your tradeoff?

I would organise my unit by buying a bunk bed so I can store some of my things on the top, a coffee table because it is small but can still hold things, and a drawer cabinet as my wardrobe. I would buy a little table lamp and place it either on the floor, or on the coffee table. The radio I would set on the coffee table. I feel that I should buy a analog clock as it is cheaper that a digital clock and can still help you in your daily life.

5. What are the differences between your home and the subdivided unit?

A subdivided unit is a normal flat that has been broken apart into 2 or more sections and those parts are known as individual housing. These houses are very small and can only fit limited things. The people living in the subdivided units have to share a kitchen and a bathroom. My house on the other hand, is big with many rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom only shared with my family members. We have enough space to fit everything we need.

6. How do you feel about this visiting experience?

After this field trip, I’ve learned about the real side of HK and just how  people live their everyday life. I really feel sad about this situation and think that we should really take action that can make a difference in their life as soon as possible. I really like the missions given to us. It helped us experience what it is like to live in a partition home and h9w we can help as every day children.

7. What would you do to serve our community to be a better place?

I would start volunteering with different NGO’s and charities to take action and support human kind as soon as possible. I would probably start of with just small acts of kindness. I would put awareness posters around my school and apartment building. I would interact more with such field trips.

Refugee Simulation

Today we did a refugee simulation at school. We put ourselves into a refugees shoes. We entered the venue where the simulation was going to be held and took a seat. Suddenly, the teachers started speaking in 2 different languages, Spanish and Gujarati. Some people knew what the teachers were saying, so in real life, it would be a big advantage for them. I honestly felt very heart broken and angry. This is nothing that any of us are used to.

Backward-Looking: What process did you go through to produce this piece?

First, we had to fill in a form with the group we were put into. The form instructions were in a different language. None of our group members knew that language

Inward-Looking: What did you find frustrating about this simulation?

Outward Looking: Did I do my work the way other groups did?

Forward Looking: One thing i would like to improve upon next time is…

 

Grade 5 CAMP!!!!🏕

This years camp was awesome! We all learned so much and met so many new people at camp. It was a great experience having to learn teamwork skills with our team members and sleep in a dorm for one night! My tent mates were Coco and TessaHere is a sneak peek on what we did at camp:

Backward-Looking: What problems did I encounter while I was at camp? How did I solve them?

One problem at camp that not only bothered me, but bothered a few other people, was the heat of the tents during the first night. Nobody slept. I to be honest only slept for 4 hours. One of our tent mate, Coco, got fans for the night but 2 of them couldn’t work and were out of battery! We only had 1 fan that all of us had to bare with as long as possible. During the middle of the night I woke up thinking it was 2:00 am when it was actually 12:00 am. Coco also woke up, hot and tired while Tessa was sleeping happily on her sleeping mat. Me and Coco used our problem solving skills and made paper fans from my note book, quietly so that we could fan ourselves and g0 back to sleep. It helped for sometime but then after sometime, more hot air was getting fanned on us and the fans didn’t come to any help whatsoever!😮

Inward-Looking: How did I feel about camp? What parts of camp did I particularly like? Dislike? Why? What did I enjoy about camp?

I felt that camp was a great way to make new friends and interact with different facilitators. There were so many different activities and obstacles that you had to face, for instance, the heat was a major obstacle! I loved the teamwork skills activities! They were so much fun! We learned how to work with each other without arguing. Our 2 Instructors, like I already said, was hilarious.

Outward-Looking: What grade would I give camp? Why?

I would give camp a 9/10 as there was one thing that bothered me. a few of the activities were the same activities as last camp!

Forward-Looking: What is one goal I would like to set for yourself for the next time we got to camp?