In the Chinese New Year Celebration, I performed two different pieces of music at my teacher’s performance. I practiced these two pieces for three months and my teacher gave me a lot of suggestions of how to make the music more fluent and musical. It was a great opportunity for me to make friends with other students of my teacher. Some of her students are only in elementary school, but their performances are excellent and amazing. After the celebration, we took pictures together and had dinner with all families.
This year I continue to work with my teacher on playing the musical instruments. Since I’m currently a grade 12 student, so my lesson with the teacher has changed from Thursday to Sunday afternoon. I can completely focus on my academic work on weekday, which is really efficient way for me. After discussing with my teacher, I decided to attend the New Year Concert that organized by her in January. I’m going to choose two to three pieces to perform in the concert. I hope I can have an excellent performance in the New Year celebration.
This year I kept practicing my musical instrument with my teacher in Burnaby. The CAS learning outcomes that relates to my creativity commitment are self-awareness and challenge. I think this is not only a skill for me to work on, it also helps me to make my perception of music wider and it also give me the chance to learn the history of my home-country through different pieces of music. I always felt enjoyable when I played the instrument, it helped me to relax from pressure at school. By improving my skills, I got the chance to perform in front of others. I also had the opportunity to share experiences with others and meet new friends who had the same teacher as me.
I am also a member of the chamber choir at school. The CAS learning outcomes that relates to this commitment are: challenge, collaboration, and self-awareness. I got the chance to improve my singing skill in the choir. Sometimes, it is easy to sing alone, because the singer does not have to collaborate with others while she/he is singing. However, when all the singers join together as a whole in a choir, they have to learn how to communicate with others and sing the song just like only one person sings it. So I learned how to communicate with other students while singing, not only look at my music but other people’s eyes. I also had the opportunity to go to Whistler with the chamber choir. I watched many different performances from other schools and met a lot of new friends.
I joined the Design Club at school this year with my friends. The CAS learning outcomes that relate to this service commitment are challenge and collaboration. By working in the Design Club, my communication skill improved a lot. Since I always had to communicate with other students in the club, shared my ideas with them. I helped to build up the communication between teacher and the club. I talked with different teachers, who required posts, and recorded their requirements and due day on a shared document, so the students who responsible for posts can work on it.
All the students in choir and band went to whistler last weekend, which from April 21st to 24th. As a singer in chamber choir, I had the chance to perform three different pieces in front of the audiences from other school and place. We performed “Milk”, “Wayfaring Stranger”, and “Sea Lullaby” as Mulgrave chamber choir on Friday. After the performance we also had an one hour workshop with one of the judges. I felt it was helpful for improving our singing skills. As a group we watched other schools’ performances as well. We watched the performance of our school’s vocal jazz on Friday night, they were excellent and I was really enjoy their singing.
On the second day of the trip, we watched the performance of our school jazz band and I also attended soprano workshop and mass choir rehearsal. I learned many useful skill for singing in choir. I also got the opportunity to meet some students from other school and had a chat with them. It was an great trip and I accumulated a lot of experience during this short trip.
Last Wednesday, April. 13th was the senior school band and choir night. As the singer of chamber choir, I performed four pieces in total with others. The four songs were “Mozart”, “Cells Planet”, “wayfaring stranger”, and “Sea Lullaby”. This was another performance opportunity to parents after the Glow event, which happened a few months ago. Everybody in the choir put much more effort. I also had the chance to watch the performance of senior school concern choir, vocal jazz, jazz band and concern band. I felt enjoyable as an audience. The next event that is going to happen is the whistler trip from April 21 to April 24. I am looking forward to the trip.
This year I continue spending the spare time with my musical instrument teacher outside school. We meet each other once a week, Sunday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00. I’ve already finished two long pieces and five short pieces with her. Those long pieces are very difficult for me, so I do my best to practice the pieces. However, since I’m a grade 11 student, school life is more stressful than before. I have to reduce my time on practicing musical instrument. Friday afternoon is a good time for me to do my practice, I usually spend most of my Friday afternoon for practising and weekend as well. I always feel relax when I play musical instrument, it is a good way for me to reduce my stress from academe.
“Glow” is the Upper School Music Holiday Concert, that featured performances by all of Mulgrave’s Upper School choirs, bands, jazz bands, jazz choirs and the string ensemble. Same as last year, we performed at West Vancouver United Church on December 15th. After our chamber choir arrived the church, we began to rehearsal. The performance is from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, many parents and teachers were invited to watch it. As it was a holiday concern, we chose a few pieces of song that relate to Christmas. Our performance was excellent. Fortunately, we also got chance to watch other’s performances. It was a good experiment.
This year, I join the chamber choir of our school. Our rehearsals are twice each week, Tuesday after school from 3:35 to 5:30 and Thursday before school from 7;30 to 8;30. From September to the beginning of November, we practiced many different pieces of music. The one that I like the most is “After the War”. We performed this song with a few pieces of other music on the Remembrance Day Assembly at school in November. Afterwards, we started to work on the Christmas songs immediately. We had to learn the clapping part in one of the song that was chosen by our chamber choir teacher. We had to clap while singing, that took us a lot of time to practice.
As the passion for singing, I decided to join the senior concern choir at school this year. Rehearsal happens every Tuesday 8:00 to 9:15 and Thursday 7:30-8:30. During each rehearsal, we practice different pieces of song and singing skill. We usually start our morning rehearsal with singing skill, and then we begin working on our song. We divided in to four main parts: soprano, alto, basso and tenor. I am in both soprano and alto, because it depends on different types of song. As a new member of the school concern choir, I get the opportunity to learn about the structure of a choir, as I have never be in a formal choir before. I also get the chance to meet new people, and make friends with them.
I chose to continue working on my music instrumental outside of school for my major creativity this year. I have my lesson with my teacher every Tuesday after school in Burnaby. In the past few months, I spent most of my spare time on practicing different music pieces with my teacher. Two hours practice every day in general. I can feel that I have a huge improvement on my skill, which I am proud of myself. After discussing with my teacher, I decided to take the level test, which is happing in April. Therefore, I have to spend even more time on practising my pieces. There is also a performance coming up in March, I am really looking forward to this event.