Japanese music composition

My task in music class was, compose a 16 measure original melody using one of the Japanese pentatonic scales (In-sen and Hirajoushi) and this is my final song I composed. (below)

For my final product, I used the in-sen pentatonic scale, and all the Japanese techniques in my melody. This is the notes for this melody. (below)

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As you see here, I used more than 4 Japanese techniques in my melody. shan, shan-shan, atooshi and kororin.

The notes of the shan used in the 8th major is E,F and E,F. The shan shan used in the 13th major is C,C and C,C. The kororin used in the 14th major is F, C C.Finally, the ato-oshi used in the 15th major is C.

The unit question “what makes music sound like it belongs to a part of the world?” The difference between Japanese traditional music and western music is obviously a huge difference. Japanese traditional music has it’s own melody and the tempo is very slow. But western music like rock and jazz, it is much faster. Japanese music also has it’s own pentatonic scale like the blues has it’s own scale too. Having it’s own Japanese traditional pentatonic scale makes them different because it’s sort of decided and almost all Japanese traditional music are composed by simular/same melodies. Compare to western music, it is kind of variety and there is no proper scale to it, so that makes Japanese music sound like it belongs to japan.

minecraft project reflection for technology class

Screencast and explanation of my final product.

walkthrough of the final product

For our final project for the unit “fair game” in technology class we used minecraft to create a theme park. These are all the steps until we finished creating the final product.

Questions so I could test the attractions in the theme park


1. Having test runs for 10 minutes by asking 8 people to go through the park and asking them what the theme is without being told.

2. Making sure the the theme park looks like a jungle by having 50 jungle trees, 20 free roaming ocelots and 20 pigs.

3. Asking the 8 people what we can improve on and if we have to go again what could we change.
4. Making sure that the group followed instructions by making a checklist based on our original plan.
5.Making sure that it’s appropriate for both genders by asking 4 boys and 4 girls.


After testing all these questions, These were the test results after testing them


1. It turned out that everyone knew the basic idea of our theme “Jungle” and that is because the open free roaming space we have is filled with jungle trees.



3. After asking 8 people, most of them said that I might need to add more glass so the rails are perfectly covered with glass so no one falls off.

4.Our group turned out to be fine at the end and fairly, peacefully finished the final product.

5. Our group members tried their best to make it appropriate for both genders but some of the girls say that the theme is generally a boy’s thing.



As I said above, I think I could improve on actually finishing my part and filling it in using all the blocks so I don’t leave random gaps that cause accidents.


During the investigation process, we had to identify the problems that we might have when use minecraft. We also had to develop a design brief so little kids would look at it and want to go to our theme park. I think I did well on finding and identifying problems so we could solve it, because we had to make a list and I tried my best to think as many as I could for the list.


I thought that me AND the whole group could have done better in developing a design brief. Luckily some of the 5th grader boys thought they would be interested in it but most of the girls said that they couldn’t see the background picture and we didn’t have much details at first, but using our feedback we made our design brief better.



During this process, each person in the group had to think of an idea of what our part of the theme park will look like. I probably did the best during this process although I started off by not having any ideas for what I was going to draw. I looked at one of my friends drawing and I suddenly thought of a good idea, so I used it and it actually was used as a general design of our theme park. I think my creativity was used in this process and I hope I could keep using it in the future.


my drawing of the design of our theme park


During this process, I had to list all the steps needed to create the product. I first did not have any details at all meaning that it was literally the quarter of the length of everyone else’s steps. We ended up printing  and switching our steps with pairs and gave each other feedback on how they could improve. The feedback that my peer gave me was exactly what I expected I had to explain more and had to add details, so I used that feedback to improve my steps and it ended up being almost 10 times longer than the original one.


In this part of the process, I had to start creating my product using minecraft.

This was pretty simple and of course was the most exciting part. I was so happy that I finished all the planning and finally could start building in minecraft. Because I used to play minecraft a lot. Me and one more person in the class were the two people that were OP’d, meaning that we were responsible of the world and could use commands that other couldn’t. I think I did good on leading the class and being responsible. I also think that I did well on my product and finished it on time.

In conclusion, I think I mostly did well, but did not really do well on being organised. Organised meaning that I sometimes didn’t do the work that I was supposed to, not finishing assignments on time. That is my weakness for almost all subjects but especially this subject, and that I should really improve on. I think I did well on following with the group most of the time even though I had a bit of trouble at first. I could learn from my mistake and I could improve later during the unit. Another thing I think I did well on, is participating with the group. Of course thats what the groups are for and thats originally what I was supposed to do, but as I said I had trouble actually being and catching up with the group, so that was a big improvement, as is affected my self and the whole group.