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At AISS, we believe that our students are musical, and have the ability to express themselves musically. Our comprehensive music curriculum aims to develop musical and extra-musical skills such as listening skills, singing and playing skills, fine motor skills, creative thinking skills, and social skills.

Programmes

We offer a tiered music curriculum that caters to various interest and aptitude levels:

Enhanced Music Programme (EMP)



The AISS EMP is a two-year programme for upper secondary students, culminating in the GCE ‘O’ Level Music examinations. Students benefit from the study of Western and Asian music, music composition, and music theory. Additionally, students in the EMP will get opportunities to perform as soloists or in ensembles, benefit from music workshops and masterclasses, and attend learning journeys and internships with local arts organisations and institutions.

On top of this, our MPC students also benefitted from a comprehensive enrichment programme. In 2016, our EMP students were involved in:

  • Performance at the Singapore Rhapsodies Launch Concert at the National Gallery Singapore
  • 1-week Arts Internship with the RICE Company
  • 8-week Piano Mentoring Programme with ACS(I)
  • Gamelan Workshop with Gamalan Asmaradana
  • Concert outings at the Esplanade through the Keppel Nights Programme
  • AESPIRE Concerts at AISS
  • Performances at the AI Achievement Day, National Day concert, and Combined Performing Arts concert

For more information about the EMP and MPC, please see attached brochure here .
For more information about ‘O’ Level Music, please refer to:

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EMP students on an Arts Internship with the RICE Company. As part of their internship experience, they assisted with the Citi Global Community Day’s Mass Art Jamming event.



Music Preparatory Course (MPC)
The MPC at Secondary One and Two aims to build up students’ competence and confidence in music in order for them to study music at a higher level in the EMP. The spiral curriculum introduces topics at a foundational level, and includes foundational music skills such as elements of music, music theory, music history, aural skills, composition skills, as well as solo and ensemble performance skills.

On top of this, our MPC students also benefitted from a comprehensive enrichment programme. In 2016, our MPC students were involved in:

  • Performance at the Singapore Rhapsodies Launch Concert at the National Gallery Singapore
  • Gamelan Workshop with Gamalan Asmaradana
  • Concert outings at the Esplanade through the Keppel Nights Programme
  • AESPIRE Concerts at AISS
  • Performances at the AI Achievement Day, and Combined Performing Arts concert

For more information about the EMP and MPC, please see attached brochure here .

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AI EMP and MPC students performing at the National Gallery Singapore

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Gamelan Workshop for EMP and MPC students with Gamelan Asmaradana

'O' Level Music Programme

We are a centre for ‘O’ Level Music. Here, Secondary Three and Four students from AISS and other schools benefit from the study of Western and Asian music, music composition, and music theory, and build aural skills through listening and analysis. Please refer to the ‘O’ Level Music Syllabus to learn more about the programme.

‘O’ Level Music Syllabus (6085):
https://www.seab.gov.sg/content/syllabus/olevel/2016Syllabus/6085_2016.pdf

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As an O-Level Music Centre, AISS serves students from all over Singapore .

The General Music Programme (GMP)
Secondary One
In Secondary One, students develop confidence and appreciation for music through various activities and lessons. The Secondary One students learn about various genres of Popular Music, and also partake in two major music projects in Secondary One:

    1. Guitar lessons - Secondary One students attend Guitar lessons, where they learn basic music theory and guitar playing skills through Singapore songs. At the end of ten weeks, they showcase their learning through an assessment of their playing.
    2. Singapore Songs project – After an introductory exposure to Singapore songs in our nation’s four official languages, students work with acoustic as well as virtual instruments on the iPad to arrange and perform their group renditions of Singapore songs
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Secondary One General Music Guitar lessons

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Students performing on the guitars at the AI Aesthetics Day

Secondary Two
Students in Secondary Two build on their music skills by applying what they have learnt to film music composition and IT Music.

    1. ICT Music – Secondary Two students learn basics of audio technology and recording arts, including types and placement of microphones, audio editing and and post-production.
    2. Film Music Composition – students first make connections between music and movies through learning about cinematography, camera angles, lighting, colours, foley sounds and music. They then compose and record music and foley sounds to short film clips using Garage Band on iPads.

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Secondary Two students working on their Film Music Composition project during General Music lessons

Other Enrichment Programmes:

AESPIRE Concert Series
In the spirit of inclusitivity and engagement, the Music Unit also believes in educating the general school population. The bi-weekly AESPIRE concert series was started to provide additional, authentic platforms for students to perform and obtain musical coaching and feedback from our teachers. The name “AESPIRE” is a combination of Aspire, Inspire, and Aesthetics, and aims to grow the general audienceship as well as a culture of music-making within the school.
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AI Students perform and enjoy the AESPIRE Concerts at the Beethoven and Chopin Rooms

Secondary Three Musical Outing
Each year, the Secondary Three cohort has the opportunity to watch a professionally-produced musical. AI students learn concert audience etiquette, then apply their learning in an authentic setting. Musicals watched in previous years include Les Miserables, The Lion King, Lee Kuan Yew The Musical, and Phantom of the Opera.

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Secondary Three students watch Les Miserables at the Esplanade Theatre

Talent Identification and Development
At AISS, we believe that our students have many talents and deserve to have these talents developed. On top of systematic talent identification for the Performing Arts CCAs at the beginning of each year, we also seek out external opportunities for our students to showcase their talents in music composition or performance. Our students have been talent identified for music programmes such as the Youth Arts Incubation Programme at 10 Square, the Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra auditions.

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Secondary Two student Sarefina Sindhu Victor performed her original composition at the SYF Celebrations Singer-Songwriters Showcase at the Esplanade Library 



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Sec 1-3 students in the Youth Arts Incubation Programme singing at the SYF Celebrations at Causeway Point