Interactive Learning Resource Peer Review Of Group 4

Here is group 4 ‘s interactive learning resource. HERE

This is an complete interactive learning resource, include the outline, units, and the assignment. The whole site is well organized, i can easily find what i want.

For the unit, the content is very rich, there has lots of definitions which can explain a lot. The topic evolution is pretty attractive to me, which include the mutation, the genetic drift, gene flow, and natural selection, etc. There contain many pictures and two videos to explain the definitions, i think these are very interesting and let me have the motivation to learn more. The best part for me is the questions below each sub-topic, it not only help the learners deepen the knowledge, but also to check the learners have a deep understanding or not.

Just for a suggest, because there are so many definitions, for new learners it maybe a little heavy. So i think maybe add more videos or funny pictures which is better. For instance, see below

I think this Interactive Learning Resource is very successful and did a really good job.  The contents are very rich and interesting. After I read through this Interactive Learning Resource, I know more about evolution, also i am look forward to learn more.

WEEK 6 -Personal Challenge


Here is the final post for my personal challenge. During this two week, i was figuring how to create a music by my own and try to play it.

1. Decide on a general song idea.It means that to decide on a theme, or perhaps an audience. For instance, i would like to write a song for my girl friend about her wedding.

2. Choose a key and a tempo.Each key and each tempo can affect listeners differently, and are essential elements in what kind of atmosphere or mood that the song possesses. Play scales and chords in the keys that you’re comfortable with, then choose a key that feels like it fits the theme of what you’re conveying. Pick a tempo that matches your general song idea. For example, key of E gives a high energy, cheerful music, and key of c gives a slow and calm feeling.

3.The I-IV-V-vi chords. This means the root chord which is the chord that share the key’s name. The dominant (the fifth chord above the root), the subdominant (the fourth chord above the root), and six chord (a minor chord).

4. Play the chords in different orders. Play four beats for each chord in the key and tempo that chosen, going from one chord to the next in different orders.

5. Write down the progression and keep playing. Take note of the order that you like best and then play it over and over, thinking about the theme that decided upon. If i’m  dedicated the song to my mom, then keep her image in my mind, maybe  have a photo of her on my piano. Listen carefully to the chords and concentrate, and i may be able to “hear” lyrics begin to pop up in my head.

6. Jot down everything. Every word, every phrase, every chord change should go down on that staff paper, even if you think they sound silly or they don’t sound good together. Something that sounds terrible today may sound great next week, or maybe even in another song that you find yourself working on down the road. Think of yourself simply as a reporter, jotting down what you’re hearing.

7. Think of your song’s lyrics as a box within a box, within a box. One helpful tip for songwriting, which I learned in an online course from a professor of songwriting at the Berkelee College of Music, is to think of a great song unfolding like a small box that’s found within a larger box, which is found in a larger box still. The first box, or verse, that you open should give a general view of the world that you’ve created in your song. You can open with something general, just like you’re beginning an important conversation. In the second verse, reveal more.

8. Build the bridge. Not every song has to have a bridge. Many songs don’t. But I think that it can be a useful element. It can break up a song if you’ve chosen to change keys for it or simply change the progression. But more importantly, the bridge can be the very climax of a song.

9. Make a final draft. Some songs may be written in a matter of minutes, like John Denver’s “Annie’s Song”, but most take a few days or weeks to polish. Over time, making notes and changes on the original staff paper, a final version will come together. Make a final draft on a new sheet of staff paper with lyrics.

These are the steps for writing your own music, and i try to make my own.


Above is the song that i created. I just a beginner in piano, so it might be very simple. Here is the video:

For the past six week, i really learn a lot from this personal challenge. Learn to play the piano is not a easy skill, and i think i did it.

Finally, thanks for reading and i hope you enjoy it.

WEEK 4- Personal Challenge


During these days, i found out how important is, to be able to read the stave. So, from this week’s reading i know that there are different ways for me to complete my chosen skill, such as media and technology.

About media, i just found a pianist and piano teacher on the Youtube called Andrew Furmanczyk. He is a very passionate and responsible teacher, he not only teach the different skills and music theory, but also will leave the homework assignment at end of the video. I learnt a lot and some of the questions of me had been solved perfectly. Here is his intro for his channel:

PIANU is a website that contains many techniques and knowledge about piano using a fun way, which is using the computer keyboard to play the piano.WX20190609-202734WX20190609-202654It’s very fun to play with it, also it can build up the ability of the reaction, because once i miss a key, i will lose the mark.

Because of the internet, i do not need to purchase the book to learn the basic skills. Most of the piano books are about the different music score, not the techniques, so i think i’m ok with it.

Last week, my goal was to play a complete music “Spider Dance”, here is the video: For the next week, i will try something new  —— create a song by myself. It is a very big challenge for me, and i will take it serious. Please looking forward with my next blog. ~

WEEk 3 -Personal Challenge


From this week reading, i realize how important is to understand what i learn, “learning takes place through the act behavior of the student: it is what he does that he learns, not what the teacher does.” mentioned by Ralph W. Tyler (1949).

For me, surface learning (Uni-structural and Multi-structural) is not possible, because it is a kind of skill that i need to practice again and again. In order to playing it well, i need to not only recognized the key and chord, but also understand the music theory and different skills.

To play piano, the left hand is very important, it has to match the right hand in strength and dexterity. Here, what i need is have a deep learning (Relational and Extended Abstract) through knowing the correct piano fingering for the left hand improves playing speed and eases the formation of piano chords.

Working With the Left Hand

  1. Fingers are numbered 1–5; the thumb is always 1, and the little finger is 5.
  2. Fingers 1 and 5 should be kept off accidentals whenever possible.
  3. After playing back keys, aim to land on a white key with your thumb or little finger. This technique goes for both ascending and descending scales played by either hand.

And here are some formulas for the left hand in order to accompanying the right hand.WechatIMG75

For this week, i spend most of time on understanding the left hand pattern, which is a large project. For the next week, my goal is combine these formulas with the right hand and play the “spider dance”.


WEEK 2-Learning Challenge


Last week, i start to learn how to play piano, and i found out it is not that easy as i thought before. I finished the plan from last week and learn some simple music:

then, i try two hands play together :


During the study, the most challenge part is combine two hands together and play it evenly. I need to not only focus on the melody on the right hand, but also be careful let left hand play the right chord, however, i still can not do it well.

From this week reading, i found out that online collaborative learning (which from chapter 4) will be very useful for me.  My mum is professional in playing the piano, but she is lives in my hometown -China, during my challenge, i communicate with her and she gives my a big help as an “instructor” through internet. Then she discussed different idea with me as a “learner” and we analysis.

For the next week, i will mainly focus on the left hand part, and figure out is that possible that different ways of playing left hand can be suitable with the same right hand melody.

WEEK 1-Learning Challenge


Piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument, it is pretty hard to start this challenge during summer, because of the weather or other different things that make it difficult to be motivated. So, firstly start to organized a plan for me to learn it better.

Because i do not have a piano at home, but lucky me, at university of Victoria, there have many in the mac building. So, i may start recognize each notes and get familiar with every part of the piano, then start to play it. Here is my plan for this week practice:

1.Get familiar with the notes and the key. Music notes are marked by the letter A B C D E F G, with every chord, the blank and the white key will change to flat or sharp. So the first step for me is to recognized the basic chord and try to play it.

2.Study the timing and try some simple music. The different beats create the beautiful music, so, get familiar with the beats and play it well is pretty difficult. The next step is practice with different simple music using the basic chord.

As related to the reading, “there are three important domains: cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor.” from chapter 2. For my challenge i will mostly using psycho-motor and affective. Practice is very important for learning the piano, as long as have enough practice, the hands will have the self-memory and finish some fixed behavior. During my challenge, i will record the video and post it. If you have any suggestion or questions, please fell free and leave the comment.



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