The Conservatory offers 4 programmes for prospective students, each designed and developed to offer experiential opportunities to develop their musical capacities. These programmes are supported by 3 areas of ancillary musical engagement - Analysis & Composition, Contextual Studies and Professional Integration, and an ever-burgeoning array of performance platforms and opportunities
Bachelor of Music ( 4 years )
Our undergraduate degree is at the centre of what we do. The Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree is a four-year, full-time programme which builds out from a focus on one of 18 specific music majors. With an enrolment kept to just 55 each year, each student receives individualised attention in helping them shape their distinctive artistic identity. The student mix is also eclectic, with currently a third hailing from Singapore, with the rest coming from Asia (60%) and around the world (10%).
All undergraduate spaces are fully sponsored, covering tuition fees and stipend, thanks to the investment of the Singapore Government and the support of the Yong Loo Lin Trust and other benefactors. The Conservatory sees experiential learning, self-reflection and peer interaction as central to the learning experience. As such, the Conservatory’s performance programme is deliberately shaped to offer a range of opportunities inside and beyond the campus and world-wide to enhance learning. One of the most exciting possibilities is to embed the B.Mus requirements as part of a Joint Degree with our partner school, the Peabody Institute. We see the four-year programme as being full-time; i.e. not just during semester time but also by using space away to continue to grow and to experience.
The Major Study
The degree recognizes each area has specific skill sets and builds on specialized expertise. Approximately half of the programme links directly to the major area. In addition to one-to-one support, each major offers a range of core and elective class and ensemble options. Whether performers, composers or recording engineers, performance experience and exposure is at the core of Conservatory training and students are encouraged to participate in and attend as much as possible of the Conservatory’s calendar of events.
Beyond the major, a range of modules in Analysis & Composition and Contextual Engagement are designed to broaden and deepen each student’s connection to music. Following introductory modules in each of the two areas, students have considerable freedom based on different needs and enthusiasms. Professional Integration: A significant challenge as a musician is finding one’s special place in the musical eco-system. Professional Integration modules are designed to help each student develop core professional, pedagogical and communication skills, as well as begin to define his or her distinct pathway.
General Education modules, collectively offered by various faculties in NUS, aim to inculcate higher order qualities of the mind and intellect that are expected of an educated individual, juxtaposing with the knowledge acquired in a specialization or major study area. As with all undergraduate NUS students, Conservatory students take one module in each of the five pillars of study in Human Cultures, Thinking and Expression, Singapore Studies, Quantitative Reasoning and Asking Questions. In addition to those offered in the Conservatory (see General Education offerings in the Contextual Engagement section), students are free to explore the extensive range of modules offered across the NUS campus in relation to each area. The modules are designed to be taken usually in the first two years of study. They aim to enhance a student’s intellectual perspectives by developing a set of skills for independent learning, promote critical thinking skills and awareness.
The capacity for students to determine their own pathway in developing a distinctive identity is at the core of the Conservatory’s programme. As such, a significant part of the BMus programme involves students building up their own portfolio of additional modules, both from within the Conservatory and across the NUS campus, depending on their capacities and preferences.
Master of Music ( 2 years )
The Master of Music Degree is a two-year, full-time programme of study designed for those just completing a qualifying Bachelor of Music degree in Singapore; or returning to Singapore after completing appropriate university-level studies overseas; or current music teachers with a strong capacity in one of the major study areas who wish to upgrade and advance their professional qualifications.
Alongside the major study focus, students are required to complete 32MCs (normally 8 modules) from the Analysis & Composition, Contextual Engagement or Professional Integration areas. Students are encouraged to design their own study programmes, enrolling in modules from at least two of these study areas and with the intention of developing those skills and abilities most appropriate to their professional activities and aspirations.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:
- to promote higher level music study in the individual's major area (i.e. instrumental, conducting, composition); - to develop both instrument-specific and group pedagogical capacities relevant to both the Singaporean and international music education communities; - to develop ancillary professional studies to complement the performance and pedagogical studies needed for success in the music industry.
- a high level of practical performance competence in their major study instrument, conducting, or composition - a deeper knowledge of musical interpretation and performance, keeping in mind the stylistic features which define various musical traditions - experience with high level involvement in chamber, choral and / or orchestral music contexts, in many cases playing leading roles of responsibility in the various ensembles (i.e. first chairs in the relevant orchestra section, etc.) - an understanding of a range of fundamental approaches to music pedagogy and workshop leadership from both a theoretical and practical perspective - professional development experience in a wide range of performance and teaching contexts - the ability to communicate musical intentions in a variety of solo and ensemble settings
Young Artist Programme ( 1-4 years )
The Young Artist Programme is a specialised scheme supported by the National Arts Council, offered to 15-17 year olds who demonstrate outstanding performance abilities. Since 2007, a total of 37 students have been accepted into the Young Artist Programme, with over half joining the Conservatory’s BMus programme subsequently.
The programme is conducted by Conservatory faculty members and provides professional training in performance with supporting academic study. Students receive 1 hour per week of private lessons in their applied study, 2 hours per week of studio class, and have opportunities to participate in masterclasses, concerts, chamber music and orchestral sessions as agreed with the studio teacher and relevant module director.
The academic component of the course includes weekly two-hour classes over four semesters, designed to foster musical understanding and appreciation from a range of different perspectives. The programme provides a place to nurture these younger students up until the point when they become eligible for placement to the BMus programme.
Students are expected to continue to be enrolled in Singapore schools. Application for the Young Artist Programme takes place at the same time as the BMus admissions cycle and follows the same BMus performance requirements.
Certificate Programme ( 1-3 years )
The CPE (Continuing Professional Education) Certificate in Music Leadership [YSTCM] is a non-degree programme, requiring 1 - 3 years part-time study for completion, intended for current or aspirant professional musicians and music teachers in Singapore to advance their formal qualifications.
The goals and outcomes of the various classes offered in the CPE Certificate in Music Leadership include:
enhancing the individual’s musicianship as well as developing an awareness of musical concepts, history and humanities; developing pedagogical capacities relevant to both the Singaporean and international music education communities.
The learning outcomes provided include:
- Having a knowledge of musical interpretation and performance, keeping in mind the stylistic features which define various musical traditions; - An understanding of a range of fundamental approaches to music pedagogy and workshop leadership from both a theoretical and practical perspective; - Professional development experience in a wide range of performance and teaching contexts.
The CPE Certificate in Music Leadership offerings include a varied range of study options in: (1) General Pedagogy and Professional Development (2) Ensemble Performance Activities (3) Conducting (4) Music History (5) Music Theory (6) Humanities
CPE Certificate students will enroll in a total of 20 MCs from the list of 3000- and 4000-level modules in the professional studies basket of modules (i.e. non-solo performance modules.) Students are encouraged to design their own study programmes, enrolling in modules from at least two of these study areas and with the intention of developing those skills and abilities most appropriate to their professional activities and aspirations.
These modules for the 2015 / 2016 academic year include:
General Pedagogy and Professional Development
MUA3209 Business for Musicians (3 MCs) MUA3212 Improvisational Styles and Techniques: An Exposition (3 MCs) MUA3214 Introduction to Pedagogy (3 MCs) MUA3215 World Music for Creative Performance and Workshops (3MCs) MUA3264 PD Independent Project (3 MCs)
MUA3205 Materials of Jazz Music 1 (3 MCs) MUA3206 Materials of Jazz Music 2 (3 MCs) MUA3219 Balinese Gamelan Ensemble 1 (2 MCs) MUA3220 Balinese Gamelan Ensemble 2 (2 MCs)
MUA3105 Conducting (2 MCs)
MUH3201 The Evolution of the Orchestra (3 MCs) MUH3203 History of Opera (3 MCs) MUH3204 Medieval and Renaissance Music (3 MCs) MUH3205 Chamber Music Since 1740 (3 MCs) MUH4203 Music Criticism (3 MCs)
MUT3204 Intermediate Keyboard Studies (3 MCs) MUT3205 Advanced Keyboard Studies (3 MCs) MUT4203 Practicum in Online Learning in Music (3 MCs)
MUL3203 The Art of Rituals and Recreation (4 MCs) MUL3202 Science and Technology as Artistic Innovators (4MCs)