As we have now finished our 13 weeks of classes, I decided to take a look at some of the work done by my peers, leaving a comment or two afterwards. I chose to take a look at some of the reflections on their projects as well as look back on the thoughts of others from weeks that I enjoyed most.
First, here is Katrina’s blog post on the videography week. Personally, this was one of my favourite weeks, as getting into creating original video content is something I have considered doing even for a hobby (guitar covers and such). Over this semester I have had several classes touch on these skills in various ways, allowing us the opportunity to build new skills for the purpose of our future careers as music educators. Katrina mentions many of the key points discussed in class including the use of multiple camera angles, or filming separate pieces of video and editing them together later, using a separate higher quality source of audio rather than the stock audio of a camera, and lastly using the clap and sync method in order to easily sync camera footage and audio. These general video and audio skills are something that contribute largely to my major project.
Here is Ashleigh’s post about Aurelia and Musition along with her project in the making. While the Aurelia and Musition aspect of this week was engaging and something I should definitely keep an eye on as a resource for my future career, I am more looking at Ashleigh’s project ideas here. She is creating an ibook resource dedicated to teaching younger students and children about the orchestra and it’s instruments. The resource will teach details such as the sound of the instrument, it’s clef, and it’s techniques. Ashleigh also intends to include interactive elements from the ibook functions. Personally it is a resource I would take good interest in, as a contemporary music person it would be valuable to learn more about the orchestra.
Similarly, here is Bridgette’s project in the works. Contrary to Ashleigh, Bridgette is creating a documentary resource on electronic music. She has mentioned in class that while she has a large background in classical music, she is also interested in many electronic artists and the processes of making the music. In her blog post she has created a timeline of steps to complete the project which includes research script writing, interviews, recording of her own content, and final editing. It will be interesting to take a look at the final product and learn about this entire subculture of music that I am not very familiar with.
Lastly, here is Mishael’s blog from week 12, in which our lecturer James walked us through some of the psychology and processes behind staying motivated and planning out your time to accomplish the workload you have in front of you. Mishael mentions that while completing a task and crossing it off the list feels great, the recent circumstances of studying and working from home have been incredibly sudden for us all, becoming detrimental to our motivation. However, she also mentions the new found energy that can be put into reflecting on the work of each day both in the morning and night, helping to organise tasks throughout the week. While it has been an incredibly strange time, I am grateful to be a part of a great community at the con in music ed, with teachers and students that are motivated to continue striving and supporting each other.