Recognizing tonality: Major and minor chords

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This academic year I attempt to teach difficult topics that I have not done before. With such limited time that I have with my KS3 students (40 minutes and less than that a week!), I plan to use the little time that I have very wisely.

I’ve been exploring and still continuing to do so in expanding my repertoire of lesson materials in terms of technology use. It can be quite tricky to use free apps and sites to teach music as most of the time, the usage can be quite limited.

I used Kahoot to teach about rhythm values and symbols but I toyed with the idea of using it as a listening test tool. It was quite tedious as I had to record chords on iMovie and uploaded the sound as a video file on Youtube. Nonetheless, it gets the job done as Kahoot only accepts videos or images.

This Kahoot features 10 questions, each having its own video link on Youtube. The chords are played twice each time and at an appropriate speed. Each video lasts approximately 8 seconds whereas students get to answer it in 10 seconds.

Tonality Gym 1: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/37b93356-20d9-4d9e-9f02-2287255a68b6

I decided that one quiz was not going to be enough, so, I made two! The second Kahoot features lesser answer time; 5 seconds. It’s meant to be more challenging!

Tonality Gym 2: https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/fbb45b82-64ad-455c-aa2c-275f76d3f6f6

I have yet to try these Kahoots out but I do hope to report a swell time that we will have in class.


Wait a minute!

I’m happy to share that I created a new Youtube channel dedicated to all my educational material. I hope that it would be an awesome collection and resource.

Ms Cherylyn’s Music Education Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxF4-7r8TAx0QPlJsz_Hujw

 

 

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A Musical Trip to Brunei

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It’s been awhile since I was here but I took an opportunity to record something musical with an old friend of mine when I was on a trip to visit her in Brunei. It’s great to be able to play friends who can keep up with you.

A wonderful four-hand jazz piano piece, Over the Rainbow that was arranged by yours truly. I had arranged this piece a few years back to perform with a student for a Piano Duet Festival in Penang.

Score available for purchase here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Somewhere-Over-the-Rainbow-3651107

Since it’s been quite sometime that we did something fun, we had to do a fun and simple piece to remember by.

 

With more time, I hope to update on something interesting later on.

That’s all for now.

How I assemble my recording equipment into a mini luggage bag

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I think the caption of this instagram sums it all what I want to say in this post.

I couldn’t have found a good solution for now. I can carry it anywhere: workplace, home, potential client’s place? Who knows?

What ever it is, I am a happy amateur recording producer now. Hahaha… I wonder whether that is the right term.

My Love Affair with Sound Recording

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I’m not sure since when but I’m pretty sure I started very, very young on this. I remember having my very first mini compo radio which you can record just about any sound and also radio songs onto a cassette. I used to shut the doors, windows, lights down low to create the ambience for recording my piano playing. My upright piano is positioned at the corner of the living room where it reverb very well off the walls.

Technology improved over time and there was my very first camera phone. I had a 66-key Casio keyboard around secondary school days. I was starting to transcribe song and finding chords. I still have not discovered music notation software yet at that time. Everything was hand written.

Eventually I took up a minor course on Music Technology at university. I was introduced to sound recording on the iPad. It’s hard to deny the convenience of it. I really had great ambitions to record many things to the point where I got an audio interface just for the iPad 2. Unfortunately, I feel dubbed into buying  it and probably a very impulsive buy because 7 years on, I didn’t got much use out of it. I had one too many  demands and many things I wanted to do didn’t work out. At that point of time, I just graduated and was chasing my first career. So little time but many, many ambitions.

With the iPad, I really exhausted a lot of use out of it apart from recording. I used it to do homework, work, entertain and even played gigs with it. Recently, I had to depart with it due to the fact I had a great opportunity to upgrade. With that done, I also upgrade the gear I would need. I got myself an original camera connection kit. It’s crazy I know! It costs a bomb but I think in a long run, it’s a good investment.

For the past 6 months, I up my ante by learning quite a few new instruments: ukulele, cello, recently the bass guitar. The accumulation of basic skills to play quite a range of instruments has upped my desire to get a better and more compatible audio interface. It was risky but I really took my time to do my research this round. In the end, I got myself a Steinberg UR12. I got to use it for my recent Fiverr gig and I’m happy to say the quality is quite good. It surprises me and I surprise myself. I started to record samples of different other things like the ukulele and the cello. Prior to buying the interface, I got myself a Cherub pickup on Aliexpress. It’s really dirt cheap but really worth a try on what I can get from it. It’s not fantastic but it’s not too disappointing.

Ukulele and vocal_Steinberg sample – I never proclaim myself to be a good singer but recording my own voice brings a chill to me somewhat.

Steinberg_cello sample – This recording is giving me more reasons to push myself on playing the cello better.

Due to these recent recording experiences, I’m feeling more enthusiastic on improving my instrument playing.

Sound is really a mysterious thing.