December Response

Responding – December ’19

Scale Warmups/Theory Test/Start of Year
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Kayla Lin
Discuss your practice routines and development on your instrument. *
As I already had past experiences with percussion, every time I practiced I would mainly focus on parts that I am unsure on how to play and figure it out. Another main focus I did was focusing on tempo/time, I practiced to make sure that I do not drag, for example in one of the songs I was a beat late but then I later practiced and figure it out and played it correctly.
How successful were you at your theory test? Discuss the concepts that you did not master. *
For my theory test, I think I was pretty successful. When I was revising, I was scared that I could not remember how melodic and harmonic minors worked and was scared I would #/b the wrong notes. I practiced many many times to make sure that I knew my key signatures, I used the way we were taught to remember all the key signatures and I also used my own way to remember what major those key signatures belong to. In my theory test, I believe I only got one question wrong and it was a careless mistake because right after we looked through it after the test I knew I did that question wrong when I could’ve gotten it correct. But overall, I believe that I did well for my theory test and I hope to improve further beyond that.
What are your strategies to improve results in the subsequent months? *
Even though I have a lot of experience in music, I know that I have a lot of places to improve on. One aspect of music I probably struggle the most on is composing. So composing will definitely I will be focusing on. I also will take the opportunity to train myself in terms of playing skills. That includes practicing more and also challenging myself to play parts that I am unfamiliar with.
How do you show the IB Learner Profile in the music class? *
Looking at the IB learner profile, I show most of it through playing music in class. I show different aspects including risk-taker, in band most of the time I wouldn’t be playing mallets as I focus and am more used to instruments like the drums, but I decided that this year I wanted to focus more on other instruments to help improve my skills even further. I also demonstrate the caring aspect of the IB because when we play our music, I try my best to help others whenever they struggle with their parts. I help them by practicing multiple times as make sure that they understand and are able to play it.

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