Music Reflection For Semester 2

In this unit, we studied about soundtracks and learned how to arrange them. Examples we did from our unit is: Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter theme and the James Bond theme. When our group looked at James Bond, we looked at many ideas. An example is we looked at the idea of Leitmotifs which is a musical soundtrack associated throughout with a particular person, situation or idea. We mainly focused on this “Leitmotif” based on Hedwig (I think from Harry Potter) and James Bond (the theme for James Bond). Our main theme when playing “James Bond” theme was using both hands and playing the rhythmically.

 

In the unit, we also looked at different effects instruments can lead us to. For example playing the brass, string instruments, or woodwinds create different sounds and harmony; which means they create different moods. Woodwinds create calming sounds, the Brass is able to create strong tensed sound. Percussion is mainly added to add tension and the make the song more interesting. In our James Bond groups, we tried to make our music better by first, using types of instruments. We used 2 pianos to create calm feelings, a drum and a djembe for adding tension and finally electric guitar to create strong sounds. Then we had to chose each part to play. Since we had 2 pianos, we separated the 2, one playing the melody, and one playing the chords. The drums and djimbe were a guide for the rhythm and beat and I as the electric guitarist played the melody at first and played the chords since it created more tension. Finally, we had to decide on the tempo, styles of playing the instruments, and the length for each part. We made our tempo a little bit slow, and I played an arpeggio solo to create a sad and tranquil tone. On top of that, the drums played the clash cymbal to express this tone even more. Of course, when we wanted our tone and mood to be tense and strong, we played our instruments strong and loud. Lastly, we had to work as a team and get our timing for each instrument and our collaboration very well. We also got our accuracy of the notes improved which led to better performance. Generally, the main parts were the piano, then me playing the guitar with some important chords and melody and finally, the background drummers and djimbe players getting the beat and rhythm correct.

 

Before the concert, we had four things we needed improvement on. The first thing we need to decide was the effects on the piano and if yes, what kind. We have to overcome this in our next music clash and get the teachers check, to see which effect on the piano we need.  Second, we could improve our general performance in the group. Of course, we will practice so mistakes won’t happen but mistakes happen to everyone. We need to keep in mind that making mistakes is what people always do and when we do, pretend that the mistake was part of the song. We had to “not” flinch when people made mistakes and Mr. Noonan said “love your mistakes!” and from this, we learned that when making a mistake, don’t make a big fuss. After the mistake, we have to stand back up and continue on the part we were before. One general way to prevent this problem is before the performance, we have to plan and burn the information of our instruments in our minds to prevent general mistakes. Another thing was the beat and rhythm feels. One of our band members always got the tempo incorrect and we had to practice that part over and over until we got our tempo correct. There is only one way to prevent this problem. It’s to practice and burn the tempo in your head. Finally, the last thing we have to improve is communication skills. Our intro and ending could be improved since sometimes the start is too sudden and we may not be ready. This also can be prevented by practice and another thing we can do is just be ready anytime.

English Unit 3 Reflection: Perspective and Prejudice

Perspectives matter a lot to us and it can vary our learning and understanding. By looking at things differently, our range of knowledges widens more. We can see what others think and go into things deeper, broad. By knowing how perspective can change us, we will be able to see what people think different and this can affect us on our daily basis. When we think of something, in a scale to 1-10 of agreeing and disagreeing, people should never be in either 0-1, or 9-10. Even if they are, they should listen and see others’ opinions and closely reach 5. There is no correct answer if you’re doing the correct thing, however there is a wrong answer and people should never go to the wrong place.

Spanish Unit 4 Reflection

This unit acquired me with lots of new vocabulary, and showed me how to use commands in different and strengthened my Spanish.

We have practiced writing our daily routine and now, explaining my daily routine has become easier. I have learned a lot of new vocabs such as ducharse, levantarse and cepillarse los dientes. In my texts, I am able to use commands, preterite and finally reflexive a lot. Especially the most thing I learned during this unit is commands – Telling people to do or not do things in a informal way. I think by building up on the idea of commands, I believe I will be able to come up with new expressions and phrases.

For next unit I would like to improve on my commands, and to not get mixed up when I use the affirmative commands or negative commands.

Comedy

ORIGINS OF COMEDY- An interesting thing is that comedy started from the 5th-6th century, B.C. Of course there was no television so all comedy and acts were performed on stage. The key person of comedy was Aristophanes and he performed many comedies but by now, only 11 are famous and performed. His born/death is not clear but formers hypothesise that he was born in 456 B.C. and his death in 380 B.C. He influenced others to do comedy and the comedy we know all started here. Lots of his play was mocking people such as politics, philosophers and many others. Also on top of that, his plays implicitly effected the Greek culture in terms of education, legal systems and religious rules.

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MEDIEVAL COMEDY- Medieval comedy, also known as elegiac comedy is still famous and some performers still perform this. Most of the comedy include loyalty and kingdom. The play includes kings, queens, servants and many characters that appear in castles. The comedy includes songs, magics, storytelling. One of the famous comedians in the 16th century was Court Jesters. These type of people are like clowns if we say it modernly. They sometimes performed about some kind of news to entertain people whilst teaching the people the news.ZRDKkwrn

RENAISSANCE COMEDY- Similar to Medieval comedy, renaissance comedy had a break during the 16th century. Renaissance comedy is completely different from what we know comedy right now. Our current knowledge in comedy is that it is funny and makes us laugh. However, Renaissance comedy was usually a kind of play and more than getting laughter from the audience, they made happy endings, usually something that isn’t “FUNNY.”  William Shakespeare is one of the famous people in the Renaissance. His work was considered one of the best comedies because he always included people’s weekness but resulted as a happy ending. Contrasting to this, sometimes he made tragic endings where the important people died. One great example of this is “Romeo and Juliet” and this play is still alive and popular nowadays.

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MELODRAMATIC COMEDY- Melodramatic comedy was very popular in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Melodrama is when an object or person is over exaggerated only. This means that the sterotype becomes stronger. For example when we think of someone that is evil, we think of colors like black, greedy, and having many servants. These are all stereotypes and whenever we see certain factors, we assume/infer that the character has this certain personality or identity. Also, melodrama takes normal daily life situations into something very dramatical. Melodrama is all about adding dramatic and it includes adding music, background to express something and strengthen tension, impact and etc.

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CIRCUS COMEDY- The circus comedy started from around 1950’s and this is the comedy we thing as “funny”. After all the plays from the reinassance, the circus comedy had a big hit. This kind of comedy showed many amazing tricks and some funny parts were the failures people deliberately made to make us laugh. This kind of comedy is still having a big hit right now and people go to circus’ to watch funny scenes and some scenes where characters make mistakes. One of the most famous circus’ in Japan is the “Cirque du Soleil” and it is very popular and many people go watch it even right now.

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CINEMATIC COMEDY- After TV was out, lots of comedy was on TV as well. On TV there are television programs of comedy shows, comedy talkshows, comedy trick shows and many different shows that make people laugh. Also, after TV was out, graphic anime (animations) started to become popular that was from manga. In many countries, cinematic comedy is very popular and also, many countries prefer comedy more than other television programs. Famous comedy are like “Mr. Bean”, “Sweet Life” and these are made to entertain people as well.

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