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.
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, Jazz and Pop, 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.
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.
Our students also benefit from a comprehensive enrichment programme, including:
• National EMP Camp and Showcase concerts
• Music Mentoring Programme with ACS(I)
• Music Mentoring Programme with YST Conservatory of Music
• Composition Collaboration with RI(Secondary)
• Arts Internship with The RICE Company
• Gamelan Workshop with Gamalan Asmaradana
• Participation in the SMTA Music Festival and Chamber Music Competition
• Concert outings to orchestral concerts, operas, etc.
• Singapore Rhapsodies Launch Concert at the National Gallery Singapore
• AESPIRE Concerts at AISS
• Performances at the AI Achievement Day, National Day concerts, Teachers’ Day concerts, and Combined Performing Arts concerts
For more information about the EMP and MPC, please see attached brochure here.
For more information about ‘O’ Level Music, please refer to: https://www.seab.gov.sg/docs/default-source/national-examinations/syllabus/olevel/2019syllabus/6085_2019f805756855364933a3765e9326ecdf0c.pdf
'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, Jazz and Pop, 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):
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:
- 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.
- 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
Students in Secondary Two build on their music skills by applying what they have learnt to film music composition and IT Music.
- Film Music Arrangement using Mixcraft – Secondary Two students first make connections between music and movies through learning about cinematography, camera angles, lighting, colours, foley sounds and music. They then arrange music and foley sounds to short film clips using Mixcraft software.
- Composing and Mixing with Ableton – Students learn about authentic contexts where music technology is used in a live setting. They learn the basics of Ableton software and Launchkeys, before putting together and performing their own projects.
Other Enrichment Programmes:
AESPIRE Concert Series
In the spirit of inclusivity 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 audience-ship as well as a culture of music-making within the school.
Secondary Three Musical Cohort 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 Annie, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Lee Kuan Yew The Musical, Forbidden City, and Phantom of the Opera.
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 Arts Incubation Programme at 10 Square, the Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations, and the Singapore National Youth Orchestra auditions. From these programmes, our talented students have performed in the Tokyo ChildAid concerts, Singapore ChildAid concert, Singapore National Youth Sinfornia performances, an ASEAN Finance Dinner, and even a Cultural Medallion Fund recording project.
Building a Music Community
We strive to provide exposure and as many opportunities to our students as possible. Thus, activities and programmes extend to our Music CCAs as well as our general student population. Our Music CCAs have had opportunities for public performances and exchanges with groups such as the Orchestra of the Music Makers, NAFA Orchestra, International Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Chorus, Hong Kong Youth Choir, as well as other schools. They have performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Yong Siew Toh Concert Hall, NAFA Lee Foundation Theatre, The Drama Centre, and many other venues.
For more information about our Music programmes at AI, please contact Ms Ng Sheh Feng at Ng_Sheh_Feng@moe.edu.sg