Music Reflection

Jingle Bells Performance

Mr. Johnston said that the way I could improve my performance, would be to play the second half of the song. He also said that I have to practice more with the same tempo. In some parts I was a little fast and in others a little slow. I think I will use my feedback by really, just learning to play the rest of the song. I didn’t think that I had to play the rest because it was just a small practice, but guess it did matter.  The way I will improve my tempo and speed of play, is by changing some of the notes around and playing a little slower in total.

What does Written Music Tell You?

Written music tells us many things. It tells us how fast to play, what notes to play, which key, which octave and with what fingers to play. It tells us many different things and I’m just going to highlight most of them.

Firstly, it tells us that we have to play in a certain clef. There are two main clefs: The G clef and the F clef. Then to the right of the clefs are two numbers. These numbers  tell us what type of beat and how many of that beat there are in a measure. Another thing it tells us is what notes to play, and on the first note in a section, it tells us what finger to put on that starting note.

The speed of play can be changed and there are different names like moderato, allegro, etc.Dynamics are basically how hard you hit the notes. There are many types. write a piece of music There is Legato which tells us that the notes are to be played in sequence like right when you press the next one you let go of the other one. Then there is Staccato, it is were the notes are just quickly pressed on and then let go one behind the other. 

This is pretty much all I know about what written music tells us. I may have forgotten something but that’s some of it.

Group Mimes

I believe I may have overreacted in some parts of the skit. When I was cocking my gun, I made it seem much bigger than I normally portrayed it to be. Also, when I was taking the grenade out of my pocket, it seemed to be much too small for a grenade. I believe I used my space quite well because I had to move around the plane. I think I could have made the plane look a little bit more realistically larger, because the corridor in which we were walking around in, was a little bit tight.

I interacted with the other characters by attempting to seem like a caring person. I also act as if I care about their problems, at times. Another way I interacted with the other characters was by inducing fear to them. I had a gun pointed at their faces, and they replied with a very scared facial expression and body gesture.

I believe that the mime was not very believable because the story would not be very possible, but I think that our acting was good enough to portray that this was a plane ride and that there were problems going on. I think that it wouldn’t be very believable because I managed to sneak a very large shotgun and a grenade into the plane. Also, when I tried to enter the captain’s cockpit, I had to wait for my partner to poke me on the shoulder, so I was basically just standing there slowly opening the door.

7A Drama: Group Mime (2013) from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

7th grade art – Illustrated Journal

During field studies we were asked to draw and write about our day in our visual journals every night. We had to use the space of 1 or 2 pages per day.

1. What is your process (How do you work)
On the first day of field studies I had no idea how to start off or what to draw, so I decided to draw the main and most climactic point of the day. I also decided that for these points, I could use the different drawing techniques that we learned in class. On the fourth day, because the time that I was drawing was at night, colours were not very visible so I used a contour drawing style to get the outlines and shapes that I saw. 

4.  What’s something that was challanging to do/create in the visual journal?
Something that challenged me, was just drawing in general. I am not a very good drawer, and it takes me very long to make a simple drawing, so it was hard for me to finish the drawing in time. Also, some drawings needed to be larger to get the big picture so I needed more detail, like the mountain that I drew.

5. If you were going to do this assignment again, what would you do differently?
If I were to do this assignment again, I would use more colour, try different mediums such as: water colour, coloured pencil, and possibly marker, and also I would place more pictures and drawings on the pages. I think this would help to make my visual journal much more attractive and interesting.

This is the second page in my visual journal.

Math – Estimating Distances

Yesterday 7a went with 7c to Yokohama Marine Tower. What we did was we went to a boulevard next to Yokohama bay, and estimated distances in kilometers/meters of places from that area. Then we went to the top of the tower, wrote the actual distances and then estimated the distances of a few of the same things we estimated on the ground.

Here are some of my predictions and actual distances:

Mount Fuji prediction: 121 km, actual distance: 84 km. Motomachi Arc prediction 910m, actual distance: 900m. Yokohama Stadium prediction: 1.3 km, actual distance: 900m. The top of Tokyo Skytree prediction: 43 km, actual distance: 32 km.

My prediction and the actual distance were different due to the fact that it is very hard to “see” distances. You can’t know exactly what a kilometer “looks” like. Some of the places we couldn’t even see from the ground so we had to guess, and sometimes guesses are completely wrong.

When we were at the top of the tower we once more estimated the distances to YIS, YCAC, the horizon, and the top of Yokohama ferris wheel. When I was at the top of the tower I estimated the distances to be around 100 meters closer because the top of Marine Tower is around 100 meters above ground. Therefore since most of those places are high above the ground it would be closer than from the ground near Marine Tower. Of course it would be different for all of them.