Welcome to your iFolio

Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.

Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.

Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

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Change Home Menu Attribute

3. Append the URL to read http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/your_student_number, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)

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A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.

Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!

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Stitches – my choice (ukulele)

This is the song for “Ukulele-Your choice!”. The song is “Stitches by Shawn Mendes”.


Discuss the following creative decisions you made for your song choice…
How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *
The lyrics that I sang were the same. I also recorded parts of the song without doing cutting out anything, which included verse, chorus and the pre chorus. I also included the intro, which the original song had as well. The chords I used are also the same as the original song. In the intro and verses, I played the chords Am, G, C, F in that order. For the chorus, I alternated between Am, G, C, F and Am, G, F, C. In the pre chorus, I played F, G Am, Am, and F, G, Am, G. The time signature is also the same. In the original song, the time signature was 4/4, and I used the time signature as well. I used the same chords because I knew they were organised to fit the overall song itself. I included the intro so my recording could meet the two minute expectation.
How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
The original song’s tempo was 150. But I changed it to 130 to make the song slower. In my opinion, I thought that the lyrics are sad and express the feelings of hurt. I thought that having a slower tempo made the song more sad and less lively as the original. I also had less layers (less instruments), so it made my song less complex. If my version had the same tempo as the original, I thought it would sound incomplete or too bland as I think that a fast song needs to have multiple layers (or at least more layers than I have) to sound interesting and more dynamic. As we only could play for 2 minutes, I had to cut out a couple parts, which includes the second chorus, the bridge and the outro.


Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…
Ukulele Skills… *
I think that my strumming improved. When I played Amazing Grace, I wasn’t wholly familiar with strumming. When I was playing the ukulele this time, I found out that strumming another way created a more resounding sound, so you could hear the ukulele more clearly. I also used two different chords because when I first heard them, I thought it gave the song different moods and layers, although both of the strumming patterns are very simple. The strumming patten I used is DU U U U and D D U UDU.
Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I played the classic electric piano and used the drums. The drum I used is electronic – Silverlake. The reason I chose this drum is because when I tried the rest of the drums, they made the song sound too cluttered and messy. And I also had to make the drum i used simpler and softer in order for my recording to sound less messy. This made my song easier to listen to. For the piano, I played the exact same chords as the ukulele because I knew that it would match the song.
Time management for your project… *
I managed to finish recording my ukulele in class and I didn’t have to record at home. I spent the time at home to edit my recordings and check whether I played the parts correctly. As I recorded my ukulele at school, inserted the digital instrument and drums at home. I also completed recording my ukulele a lesson earlier, which I was pleased with, so I had at least one lesson to ask my friends to help me with editing if I had any problems. After I was done with recording my ukulele and the digital instrument, I dedicated a couple days to recording singing.
Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
When I first started my project, I created a separate doc that would have the lyrics I would sing, the strumming pattern, the original song and the original lyrics so I would know where all my resources are and I wouldn’t have to spend much time finding them. I think this helped me because I could organise my things. I finished everything on time. I also planned ahead. Before class time, I would know what I would be recording. I also came to the music room for a couple of lunches, so I prioritised and organised my time. I also planned when I would work on music after school and during the weekends, and what I would be doing, whether it was work on my digital instrument or edit my recordings.

Music summative – Amazing Grace

This is my own ukulele I found at home .The string that plays “G” doesn’t sound right so my recording will sound off. Just a heads up.

Reflection:

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
 The key of my tune is C major and the time signature is 3/4.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? How were they used musically? *
 Amazing Grace has half-notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and a dotted half-note. It is It starts with a pick-up note that is a quarter note and goes up to a half-note, then a quarter note. The first phrase was ascending starting from low G and descending in scale, ending with a low G as well. The second phrase was ascending from C, descending, ascending and descending in scale. The third phrase descends from a high G to a low G, then ascends, then descends and ends in low G. The fifth phrase started from a C then ascended then descended and ended in a half-note C tied with a quarter note C and a rest to signify the next part of the song. I think the melody of Amazing Grace gives the song a positive , gentle yet powerful feeling. To me G sound really strong and that note is prominent through out the song, but the C and the notes higher than it balance the song out.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
 Because I have never officially played ukulele or used GarageBand before, I didn’t play my notes exactly on the beat. In some parts, I played my melody faster or slower than the supposed tempo. However, as I recorded the strumming bit by bit, I was able to edit it more to fit the tempo. I realised that I had made a mistake while recording, so I had to complete the recording at home with an old ukulele. One of its strings wasn’t G correctly no matter how much I tuned it, so I had to go with what I had to record. Therefore my recording will have parts that sound different.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? Chords, melody, etc. *
 As it is my first time officially learning and playing a ukulele, I have learnt the overall basics of how to play a ukulele. I have learnt from my friends how to strum and pluck a ukulele. I also learnt the term strumming and that you need to strum to play chords. Plucking the ukulele plays the melody. When I learnt how to tune a ukulele, I didn’t know how to do it and it took me a long time to get the notes on the ukulele correct. However, as I got more familiar with it, I knew how to tune it properly in a shorter amount of time.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? Did the context of the song change because of this? *
 I chose 80 for the tempo. Originally I accidentally made the tempo 120, but when I realised, I immediately changed it to 80.When it was 120, it sounded like it was a song sang by a person who is happy about the change he made. 80 made it sound more serious and like the change affected the person more deeply in a positive. However, the song wasn’t too slow that the listeners got bored really quickly, which I felt when I listened to a couple covers by different people.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Trimming, Cutting, pasting, metronome, etc… *
 I used the metronome for recording the strumming and melody so I could be as accurate as possible in terms of tempo. I also used the mute button and solo button to be able to hear the recording better and edit it accordingly. While playing the melody, sometimes I used the beats position display to help serve as the metronome as I couldn’t hear the metronome properly while playing the melody and strumming.
Discuss your recording process; recording bar at a time, chord at a time, in phrases? Did you have any concerns or issues? *
 As I became familiar with the melody of Amazing Grace first, I played the whole melody at once but it took me multiple tries to get the tempo and notes right. Later, I recorded the strumming chord by chord by because I have never played ukulele, so I can’t move my fingers to play the chord fast enough in time. Therefore I played each chord layer by layer, which makes the recording look like descending stairs. I found that this “design” made editing and recording easier as I could see where I start and end a chord.

Unité 1 Parlez-vous français:le critère 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.

My partner in french was Caitlyn. A couple of the challenges we faced was making sure that the things the questions and answers we said were equal, so we would have the same amount of information to convey and it would be fair. It was a bit confusing when we first wrote the script, but we highlighted our questions in different colours. Therefore it was easier to keep track of what we said.

Another challenge was finishing a good quality audio on time.  We had to record the audio during class time, which there wasn’t much of in the first place. And recording it took longer than we expected, so when it was already time, we had to do with what we had. But our voices in the audio weren’t audible. When we were given another chance to record it, I was really grateful. And I think we did much better in terms of clearness of the voice.

My instrument choice

It is a woodwind instrument and is made of brass. The saxophone’s popularity grew first as a military band instrument, then as a concert band instrument, chamber music instrument, symphony music instrument, and jazz music instrument.

The musician blows into a single-reed mouthpiece that creates the vibration of a single reed. Sound is made by blowing into the mouthpiece and using one’s hands to play the keys which help to change the sound.

Parts of a saxophone: https://www.dummies.com/art-center/music/saxophone-parts-and-their-functions/

How to set up the saxophone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbW9NZga8tI

How to set up the mouthpiece and reed + different types of mouthpieces:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4GR_cv-oDY

How to blow into the sax: (lesson starts at 1.49)