Crit B My Chinese Test Reflection

In the Chinese test, even though I got 6/8, I feel like there are a lot of things I could still improve on. Especially because I only got 6 questions correct. The reason why I still got a high score was that coincidently, all the questions I got correct were worth a lot of points.

 

One of the things I could improve on is that for part 2 (Analyse basic conventions including aspects of format and style, and author’s purpose for writing), I got all the questions wrong. I feel like this is because I am not very good at identifying format and style, which made me answer the questions wrong.

 

Another thing that I found was that even though this did not take away any points away from me, I found out because I answered digitally with pin yin, I sometimes chose the wrong word because they had the similar pin yin. I think that to fix this, I should double check more often.

My Ukulele Project – Happier

This is my Ukulele Submission:

 

 

 

This is my reflection:

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 the same as the original song because I have took the beats, lyrics, and piano from the original song, and copied it and played it on garage band. I decided to do this because it sounded nicer and matched the theme of the song
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
The difference is that the instruments were different. The biggest instrumental change was that I used drums because it was assigned for this project. The Ukulele was the main part of this assignment, and I also added the bass because it would sound pretty nice when matching with the Ukulele, and would be nice to use as a deeper melody. I also used the piano because I needed a more high pitched melody, and it created a nice, clear note.

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

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Ukulele Skills… *
The Ukulele skill that I used was strumming. For the Ukulele part, all I did was strumming, and I had to practice my strumming so that its clarity was finer.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
For the digital instruments, I used bass and piano and played each part separately. I also used copy and paste for a few of the parts, because a few parts of Happier is repetitive. For drums, I used the first drummer that popped up, but I changed the beat presets to Golden State, and modified it a bit. For strumming, digital editing occurred a lot because I just recorded the types of strums in my song, and then copy and pasted it on each part of the song it was supposed to be.
Time management for your project… *
I did the piano pretty early, but I should’ve prepared the Ukulele part earlier. Because of my bad timing on the Ukulele part, I had to end up with only simple strumming.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
I was able to get most things done on time, but I could prepare certain parts better, mostly Ukulele, because I don’t have one at home.

Cyrus’ Ukelele Assessment – 7E

This is my ukelele assessment

 

 

 

My reflection:

Criteria Ai, Aii, 2019/20

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Your email address (cyrusyau2025@cdnis.edu.hk) was recorded when you submitted this form.

Ai

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

Aii

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 for my song is in c major, creating a more positive atmosphere. The time signature of my song is 3/4, influencing the beat. It allowed the song to have the rhythm it had.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
A lot of the times, there is a half note, then a quarter note, then a half note. It was able to fit in the song because the time signature was 3/4, and it allowed this song to have a repeated quarter note then half-note rhythm. The rhythm is really simple, and it allows the singer and the audience to understand it easier.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I feel like my plucking was decent, but because of the slow beat I chose, the strumming was out of beat, and it is something I should really work on. Normally, I’m able to do strumming, but because of the slow beat, my strumming beat was usually out of sync.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
I learned to play Ukulele with a low G, and that was hard to get used to at the start. Besides that, I didn’t learn anything new, but I was able to practice my strumming and especially my plucking. Before that, I just did mostly strumming, and less plucking so I was able to perfect that more.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
I decided my tempo to be 60 because the original song was slow, and I also felt that Amazing Grace was more of a calming song, and less electrifying. I felt like if I played this song too fast, it wouldn’t match the rhythm and song.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
I just used the metronome to help me understand and keep the beat. I didn’t really do much trimming, as I just did the song the whole song, so I didn’t cut too many things out. However, I would still need a bit of trimming, so I could get the strumming, plucking, and singing in the right beat.
Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *
I decided to record the whole song at one time, as recording many sections would take more complicated editing, and every part might sound different in volume.

 

Unité 1-Parlez Vous Français (Critère C et D à l’oral)

The task was to write a script about my partner (Ryan) and I have a conversation, which then we would read from and audio record us speaking the script. I think that overall, we did pretty well, and we all got a score of 5 and higher for each. One thing I think that we could’ve done better was practicing our script before we did it. Also, there were a lot of times where we were interrupted, so the audio that we posted for our assignment was one that we actually did pretty bad since afterward, we both knew what we said wrong, but the recording was the only recording that didn’t get interrupted, and there was little time, so we stuck up with it.

A good thing was that I worked well with my partner. We agreed with who would say what and what our roles were, and we didn’t distract ourselves much.

 

 

My Instrument Choice

The clarinet is an instrument of the woodwind family, so if you play any instrument of the woodwind family, you will learn to play the clarinet faster. Other instruments of the woodwind family are the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, and contrabassoon.

When you open the case of a clarinet, you can see many parts and pieces of a clarinet.Clarinetdiagramtoe.jpg

You will see a piece of reed. A reed is a thin strip of material that vibrates to produce a sound on a musical instrument. A clarinet cannot play unless you have a reed, which is held onto the mouthpiece by the ligature (will talk about afterward). Reeds have to be wet, so you should always put it in your mouth while setting up your instrument. A clarinet cannot play unless you have a reed, which is held onto the mouthpiece by the ligature. A mouthpiece is a part in which the reed is attached. It provides an opening through the air, which allows the interaction between the air stream and the reed. A ligature is a device that holds a reed onto the mouthpiece.

 

The clarinet also has 3 parts of a joint: Barrel Joint, Upper Joint, and Lower Joint. It also has a bell at the end. The clarinet barrel connects the instrument’s mouthpiece and body, shaping and directing sound through the instrument. The upper and lower joints form the body of the clarinet. They are also used to determine the note’s pitch of the instrument. Lastly, the bell is the section at the end of the clarinet where the sound projects.

To play the clarinet, you blow in the mouthpiece, in which the air interacts with the reed. While blowing you press on the parts of a joint, which determines the pitch, and the sound comes out of the bell

Benny Goodman is one of the best clarinet players ever, and I really like his songs. He has also lead one of the favorite musical groups in the U.S at the time. His most famous song is “SING, SING, SING” On 1:11 is the clarinet part.

Exhibition Staging Reflection

I haven’t written a post for a long time, because I needed to prepare for my exhibition presentation.

The past few weeks, we have been focusing on a project called “Exhibition,” and it is an important project that every IB program student has to do at the end of primary/elementary school.  My topic in the exhibition is about technologies and helping educate ones that are less knowledgable about it.

Then, I made a website about different technologies, with different blog posts about various topics (mostly connected to computers), to be able to say that I have taken action. That took a bit of time, as that was most of my project. After my Easter holiday, the staging part began.

Before the holiday, we decided where we wanted to stage at, and what equipment we need. I and some other people from my technology/science cohort chose to be near each other since we had topics a bit similar.

For my exhibition, I had a board and a table in front of it. I had some posters and words about my topic, my action. For the desk, I had my computer to show the website, and one big pc took apart to explain to people.

Overall, my exhibition was fine, most people understood, but I think that I could have had more objects to show to people, not just my website. I also feel like I should’ve covered more of my things on the board, to let people passing by know what topic it is about, and more about my website. One part that I think I did well was explaining to the people who asked into my exhibition and was able to respond to even some problematic questions.