Performance Task Mid Point Reflection

Reflection Questions

  1. How much practice (on average) have you been doing for the last two weeks or so? Is this more, less, or the same as the usual amount you do?
    • I have been practicing more than usual, I practice for about 45 minutes each night.
  2. Are your practice sessions focussed on the repertoire for this task, or do you practice other things?
    • I try to practice just my repertoire but I still play other material.
  3. Looking at the list below, what areas do you think you are doing well at the moment and what areas need work over the next few weeks to improve by week 4?
    • Fluency (no stumbles/mistakes)
    • I need to have the song pretty much memorised so that I can play it with ease in week 4.
    • Rhythmic accuracy
    • I think my rhythm is quite good and does not need much improvment.
    • Pitch (note) accuracy
    • My note and pitch accurrancy may need a bit of work.
    • Dynamics/expression
    • I have pretty much got the dynamics and expression but I may need to work on some accented notes.
    • Suitable tempo and maintain steady beat throughout
    • I can maintain a suitable tempo fluently.
    • Musical phrasing and/or good breath control
    • I play percusion.
    • Tonal control (squeaks etc)
    • I could work on hitting the drum right in the centre of the skin for the best possible sound.
  4. What feedback has your instrumental teacher given you about your pieces which you are working on at the moment?
    • My drum teacher has told me many tips to soloism as a drummer such as what to do with fills and beats. He has also told me what an audience looks for in a performance.

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Reflection Sonata Composition - Final

Question 1) What Have I Done And How Did I Do It? : I have created a ten bar sonata composition for piano in F major. It included a first subject, second subject and a development. I created it by hand writing music. I knew what to write because the right hand melody had to match the left hand chords by sounding pleasing to the ear. I then practised it on the piano and made sure that the music sounded good. After creating it I wrote it on Sibelius and performed a computer generated version of my piano sonata.
Question 2) What Feedback Did I Receive And Who Did I Receive It From? :
I received feedback from Mrs Van De Ploeg, Lachlan Brown and Jonathon Dean. The feedback consisted of things like ‘Work on the clashing notes’, ‘Write the notes in line with each other’ and also ‘Correct the key signatures and other small details’.
Question 3) What did I learn that I will use again?
I learnt how to construct a sonata, how to write a successful chord progression, and how to do simple things like read key positions. I will use the rhythms and note reading in the future and maybe even the use of Sibelius.
Question 4) What area was I most successful in?
I think my most successful area was the first chord progression task. My chord progression was harmonic and followed the structure well. Although this area was not major I found that I did best here.
Question 5) What area do I need further work on?
I need most work making my left hand and write hand piano tone and match together. I could do this by practising writing basic songs and doing more theory work.


Performance Task Initial Reflection

1. What instrument will you present your task on?
I will present my performance on the drum kit (percussion)
2. Who is your instrumental teacher? Are they a Scotch College teacher, or external teacher?
My drum kit teacher is Mr Vrcic he teaches at Scotch College.
3. How often do you attend lessons? What types of things do you tend to cover in lessons? Describe your typical lesson.
I attend lessons once a week, we cover practical theory and some songs. My typical lesson would consist of a warm up of rudiments then playing my set work and then learning some new material.
4. How much does your teacher suggest you practice on a daily/weekly basis? How often do you actually practice?
Mr Vrcic suggests I practice for half an hour per night but only on an actual kit three times a week. I do meet this level of practice mostly but some nights it is hard.
5. Describe your average practice session at home, what do you play and practice? Do you follow the suggestions of your teacher or play other things? Why?
My average practice would include a warm up e.g. freestyle and then I would practice all my set work twice or more then play some fun pieces of my own.
6. What repertoire have you been working on this year?
I have been working on hi-hat, snare and bass drum beats along with full kit rhythms and songs.
7. What do you think you have achieved on your instrument so far this year?
I have been able to play most piece my teacher has asked me to and the ones I couldn’t I learned and can now play.
8. What are the overall goals on your instrument for the remainder of the year? E.g. improved tone, technique, style.
I have been told to improve the general style and posture so I will work on that and also my sight reading ability.
9. What scales have you been working on this year?
I play the drum kit which does not involve scales.


Classes 2010

  1. Yr 9 specialist music - Mrs Van