Aki no Hi- Concert Reflection | Music

I believe that the biggest problem were not getting too fast at playing the piece, that we stop synchronising with koto 1. ‘Aki no Hi’ was a fairly easy piece to play, it had simple, but fast patterns. Because of that we tend to go fast during the performance, and if it becomes too fast, we might go out of sync with koto 1. In rehearsals, we didn’t do very well job on synchronising. I was worried that we would stop playing during the performance, and everyone being confused and not knowing where to play. At the actual performance, we did went pretty fast, but we were all able to catch up on the beats, and we were able to play it fluently and synchronised. When we are going to perform it again, I will practice my part using a metronome to help me keep the steady beat. I used metronomes back in 7th grade, and I might use them again to stay slow and steady.

Another challenge was the dynamics. There was a lot of dynamics in this piece and it was a little challenging to play the dynamics while playing the fast rhythm. I would get too focused on the dynamics that I will stop listening to koto 1, and can lead to getting out of sync. Also we had a lot more students than in 7th grade. This would mean that we had to over exaggerate the dynamics so the audience can hear them clearly. I took videos of my self playing the dynamics and I listen to them and see if I could hear them. This helped me a lot to find out which part I need to work or fix on. I was able to play the dynamics well during my practice, but when it came to the actual performance, I couldn’t hear much of the dynamics. I believe everyone was a little nervous, and most were too focused on playing the koto, they forgot about the dynamics.

I always practiced twice a week, from 30 min to 45 min. The warm up really helped me to play one of the fast patterns.  I will continue with my warmups. I think I should pick out the hardest parts of the piece, and use them as the warmup, since you have to endlessly play the pattern you are struggling with, and gradually got better at them. Also next time to improve, I will use a metronome to keep my beats steady. I believe when I practice, I should practice not only memorising them and playing the right strings, but practice with the dynamics and plying them smoothly.

I think the concert went well than I thought it would be. The bows were perfect and in synced very well. Koto 1 has done a tremendous job to keep up with koto 2. We did speed up a little too much in the end, But all of us were able to play the whole piece, and we were able to play the piece very fluently. Next time, I will try to be more aware of the speed and dynamics since those two things didn’t turn out well during the performance. Over all, I didn’t make any big mistakes while playing the pie, and I was able to play the piece smoothly with koto 1

Stereotypes & Characters | Drama 8

Hello earthlings,

For the past few weeks in drama class, we are working on characterisation and what we ned for a character to be a good one. Today i’m going to be talking about stereotype characters.

What is a stereotype?
Stereotype is when there is a fixed image of an person or a thing. Stereotype characters are often seen in different stories or plays, cartoons, comics and even movies. One of the classic stereotype characters are stereotypical nerds. They usually wear big thick glasses, have dimples on their faces, their shirts are tucked in the pants, and wear bowties with suspenders. In contrast to the stereotypical nerds, there are also stereotypical popular girl. They are usually blond, pretty, have other girls following behind which are also blond, is also in the cheerleading squad, and most of the times ignorant. These stereotypical characters are obviously over exaggerating, and these characteristic usually won’t fit into real life humans. Stereotype characters are the one that are easy to understand who they are, but can be offensive to some people.

When is a stereotype useful?
Stereotypical characters are useful when presenting the characters to the audience, since we all have a fixated image of the character, and it would be easier for the audience to understand the character quickly. We are able to assume what the characters feel and think, without the characters actually explaining themselves. Stereotype characters are useful when you want the audience to understand the characters status and the personality, without making it too obvious by explaining their identity word by word.

Considering people & characters that represent people – why can’t you ‘judge a book by it’s cover’?
Even though stereotype characters can be useful, it can be offensive to some people because of the misjudgement we have for a person. People tend to get hurt from these judgemental informations, since it can be considered as criticism or an insult. People are different in many ways, and we can’t sort them out by their characteristics. They are all different in the insides, and you can’t judge anyone because of where they come from, how they look, or how they are. These stereotype characters will narrow our minds, and we won’t be able to accept the person without being judgemental. Its the same as books. Just because the cover look bad, it doesn’t mean that the book it self is terrible. It is not okay to not read the book just because you don’t like the cover. Look in the inside. Read the story. What matters is the story, not the cover. Which means that the looks and past won’t matter, we all have to look in the insides.


Religion and me

Our family doesn’t believe in a certain religion deeply, but in holidays we go visit temples and shrines which does relate to shinto religion and Buddhism. We go to our great-grandparent’s grave quite often with my grandparents. This is because our grandparents believed in Buddhism and when we arrive at the grave, we all read ‘Hannya Shingyo’ which is deeply related to Buddhism. Also in summer we make some cows that are made out of eggplant and horses that are made out of cucumbers. This is because theres is a certain period in summer where the dead can come back to our world from heaven or hell. We place the horse at first so they can ride it and come back fast, and place the cow in the end so the dead can go back slowly. I think the religion affected my life by learning more about my grandparents and what they believe in. Now that I think about it, we actually follow some religion without realising, since it kind of became a habit, or a little celebration our family does for fun.

La famille

1. Isabelle and Thuy are talking about their family members while looking at their album.
2. Isabelle has a brother called Alexandre.
3. Isabelle has 3 cousins.
4. Isablelle also mentions her mother and father; grandparents and aunts.
5. I think Isabelle likes her family a lot, but not her brother Alexander since she think he is annoying and troublesome.

1. Vrai
2. Faux
3. Faux
4. Faux
5. Faux

1. b
2. a
3. c
4. d

1. Je peux… ?
2. Ce sont…/C’est…
3. Ils sont heureux.
4. Elle est adorable./ Elle est très intelligente.
5. Il/Elle a… ans.
6. Il est parfois pénible.

My family is almost like Isabelle’s family, but instead of having a younger brother, I have an older brother.