At YST, we seek to open up platforms and pathways for people to pursue their passions and aspirations in music. For the 2018/19 academic year, we are pleased to announce that 20 Conservatory modules are available to NUS students. Current students enrolled in an undergraduate programme in NUS may bid for these modules through the Centralised Online Registration System (CORS).
In addition, YST offers a Minor in Music & Society that is open to NUS students. The minor specifically focuses on music’s societal dimension, with broad disciplinary outreach that encompasses the study of music in potential social, political, economic and aesthetic contexts.
Read more about the available modules below, and we hope to see you at the YST Conservatory!
1. *MUT3214 Concerto and Cadenza, 4 MCs
Dr Chen Zhangyi
Thursdays 10.00am - 12.00pm, SR5
This module provides a focused study on the concerto as a genre and how the cadenza evolved from improvisation to being an integral part of a concerto The chronological setting reinforces a historically-informed approach that encourages musicians to be sensitive to the stylistic differences of each era and composer.
The module aims to bridge compositional thinking with performance and interpretative analysis. Hence, analysis, composition and performance are equally represented as modes of learning. Major assessment is in the form of analytical work and music compositions that are performed in class and/or public concerts.
2) *MUT3215 Fundamentals of Composition, 4MCs
Ms Adeline Wong
Thursdays 10.00am - 12.00pm, SR8
This module looks at recent approaches to form, melody, harmony, rhythm, and texture. It is appropriate for students who are interested in exploring music composition in more depth but are not majoring in music composition. It encourages individual creative writing while exploring contemporary techniques of music from 1920 to the present.
3) *MUT3221 Writing for Chinese Ensembles, 4 MCs
Tuesdays 9.00 - 11.00am, SR3
The module introduces students to writing for Chinese instruments in small and large ensemble settings to convey musical ideas or present original compositions. Students will be introduced to works featuring a sound world different from Western traditions as well as performance techniques unique to Chinese instruments. Prior knowledge of instrumentation/orchestration is preferred.
4) *MUT3113 Orchestration, 4 MCs
Dr Nick Omiccioli
Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR7
The terms "orchestration" and "instrumentation" go hand-in-hand. While instrumentation refers to the study of individual instruments, orchestration deals with the technique and process of writing for a group of instruments. The technique of orchestration is an important part in every musician’s education. This module will introduce students to the characteristics and abilities of the instruments in the symphonic orchestra, and how they work together. This will be accomplished through in-class listening and writing assignments, orchestration projects, and performance. The module will also address many problems faced by composers, conductors, teachers, and performers.
5) MUT1201 Introduction to Classical Music Composition, 4 MCs
Choose one class: Thursdays 12.00 - 2.00pm or 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR7
The module uses the online course Write Like Mozart, which is available on Coursera, as the basis of its content. It introduces students to strategies for style-writing of European art music. Issues of harmonic progression, voice leading, and texture are addressed, as are relevant compositional concepts like repetition, variation, and elaboration. A blended learning module with video lectures and demonstrations, class time is dedicated to hands-on workshops. Simple compositions in the style of common practice European music form the bulk of the assessment. A familiarity with musical rudiments is highly recommended. Prior experience with composition is not required.
1) MUH2202 Classical Styles and Romantic Spirits, 4MCs
Assoc Prof Greg Petersen
Choose one class: Tuesdays/Fridays 11.00 - 12.30pm, SR3 or Tuesdays/Fridays 12.30-2.00pm, SR3
Today’s most widely-known international concert repertoire is primarily made up of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century European and North American composers and their music. This module presents a look, listen, and study of their music and legacy, focusing on two parallel movements in the European tradition: the Classical, Rococo, Galante, Empfindsamer Stil, and Neo-Classical; and Sturm und Drang, Romantic, and Neo-Romantic. The focus of learning in this course is through primary source materials.
2) MUH2203 Music of the Church and State, 4MCs
Dr Marc Rochester
Tuesdays 9.00 - 10.00am, SR1 and Fridays 9.00 - 11.00am, SR1
A study of music produced in religious and political settings, with an emphasis on music of the European Baroque tradition. The course explores issues of patronage, audience reception and performance, both in Baroque Europe and modern Singapore and Southeast Asia. Students will investigate and analyse musical genres and styles, and the religious beliefs, political ideology and artistic movements which form their context. (Non-Conservatory students that can read music may take this course as a free elective.)
General Education Modules
1) GEH1047 Social and Cultural Studies Through Music, 4MCs
Assoc Prof Ty Constante
Tuesdays 12.00 - 2.00pm tutorial and Fridays 12.00 - 2.00pm lecture, SR8
This module provides a cross-cultural introduction to music both as an art and as a human, socio-cultural phenomenon. Through lectures, reading and listening assignments, and playing different styles of music, students will learn how music works, why people listen to and make music, what its roles are in a society, and how these things vary in different cultures. The module introduces a variety of musical styles and cultures that represent an enormous wealth of human experience. At the end of the course the students will have access to a much wider variety of music to listen to, participate in, enjoy, and understand.
2) GET1019 Patrons of the Arts, 4MCs
Assoc Prof Greg Petersen
Choose one class:
- Mondays/Thursdays 12.00-1.00pm, SR6;
- Mondays/Thursdays 1.00-2.00pm, SR6; or
- Mondays/Thursdays 2.00-3.00pm, SR6
This course is a conceptual and practical introduction to the complex networks that drive "patronage," including multifarious kinds of patronage. Issues raised and debated include exploring money, religion, politics, social classes, and many other social constructs that influence what art people support, and why they - especially you - support different kinds of art. Students will need to grasp and evaluate critically each set of issues that drive and affect patronage of the arts, and demonstrate their critical understanding of the interplay of these factors through written assessments, classroom discussions, and contributions to blog postings related to the module materials.
3) GEH1060 Social History of the Piano, 4MCs
Dr Koo Siaw Sing
Choose one lecture: Thursdays 10.00 - 11.00am or 11.00am - 12.00pm, SR4
Choose one tutorial from four sessions: Mondays 9.00 - 10.00am, 10.00 - 11.00am, 11.00am - 12.00pm, or 12.00 - 1.00pm, at SR2
An interdisciplinary study of how societies and different generations responded to the invention of the piano. This module focuses on the social history of the piano throughout the past three centuries, canvassing a wide array of performers, composers, supporters, manufacturers, “heroes”, politicians, teachers and students. Various expressions of ideologies from differing periods eventually revolutionized and effectuated the versatility of the piano, shaping a legacy which led to the “globalization” of the piano, including in China. Students will learn through lectures, readings, discussions, listening, playing, and attending piano recitals and masterclasses.
4) GES1020 Western Music Within a Singaporean Context, 4MCs
Dr Marc Rochester
Choose one lecture: Tuesdays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR8 or Fridays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR8
Choose one tutorial from five sessions:
- Tuesdays 4.00 - 5.00pm, SR8;
- Wednesdays 2.00 - 3.00pm, SR8;
- Wednesdays 3.00 - 4.00pm, SR8;
- Wednesdays 4.00 - 5.00pm, SR8
- Fridays 4.00 - 5.00pm, SR8.
Please note that you will have to form your groups before registering for the tutorial session. The majority of the tutorials will likely take place on Wednesday.
This module will look at the place of the Western Classical music tradition within the cultural life of Singapore. It will assess the impact of majority cultures (particularly from the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities) on the general reception of Western music, as well as on music written by Singapore-based composers. Students will be introduced to principal figures in Singapore’s musical development. The module will also chart the growth of music education in Singapore, both in the national schooling system as well as in private institutions and tertiary academies. A prior knowledge of music is helpful but not required.
1) MUA1192/MUA1193 Chamber Singers, 2 MCs
Mr Chong Wai Lun
Mondays and Thursdays 12.00 - 1.30pm, ER2
A wide variety of styles and genres are explored in a large vocal ensemble over the course of a semester, culminating in a final performance. Prior choral experience is not required, although score-reading ability would be a bonus. Audition slots are available on:
- Monday 6 August, 12.00 - 1.30pm, ER1
- Thursday 9 August, 12.00 - 1.30pm, ER1
- Monday 13 August, 12.00 - 1.30pm, ER1
- Thursday 16 August, 12.00 - 1.30pm, ER1
Visit the module wiki page here.
2) MUA1165 Music and Machines, 2MCs
Assoc Prof Peter Edwards
Wednesdays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR3
This module examines the use of machines to create music in the last 70 years. It focuses on the topics of synthesis, signal processing, live interactivity, and computer-aided composition, and introduces important repertoire that uses technology from this time period. Students will work in programming environments designed for musical applications to create electro-acoustic and algorithmic compositions.
3) MUA2270 Synthesis and Signal Processing, 4MCs
Dr Chow Jun Yan
Tuesdays 10.00am - 12.00pm, SR8
The module explores the techniques of digital synthesis and signal processing within the Max programming environment. In-class activities and project-based assignments address simple synthesiser and effects unit creation, utilising both time-domain and frequency-domain techniques.
4) MUA2271 Virtual Instrument Sound Design, 4MCs
Dr Chow Jun Yan
Mondays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR8
An introduction to instrument sound design using different forms of synthesis and signal processing with computers. Students develop skills in creating sounds they imagine. The module offers aural training in identifying synthesis types, filtering, and other common techniques used in instrument design as well as support in practical implementation of these techniques in software. Projects will include designing a sample-based instrument and developing a sound library with different forms of synthesis. The module uses entry-level graphical synthesis environments. No experience with coding is required.
5) MUA1270 Interdisciplinary Electronics Arts Survey, 2MCs
Mr Bani Haykal
Wednesdays 4.00 - 6.00pm, SR3
Interdisciplinary collaboration involving electronics is common in today's art world. This module offers an introduction to some of the artistic issues in this field as well as some of its practioners. In addition to readings and class discussion, professional artists from different disciplines (music, dance, visual art, multimedia, theatre) visit to share their knowledge, experiences, and aesthetic approaches in their works.
6) *MUA3224 Intermediate Keyboard Studies, 4 MCs
Dr Koo Siaw Sing
Choose one class: Mondays 2.00 - 4.00pm or Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR2
This module presents the study of intermediate piano repertoire and application of harmony at the keyboard. Students learn various important keyboard skills and techniques that enhance their understanding of and experience in making music. Such skills include harmonisation, transposition, figured bass, improvisation, piano techniques, score reading, musical interpretation, solo and ensemble playing.
Visit the module wiki page here.
7) MUA3230 Music Cognition, 4 MCs
Dr Kathleen Agres
Lecture on Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm, SR3
Tutorial on Wednesdays 6.30 - 7.30pm, SR3
This module provides a general introduction to the cognitive science of music. It is intended for students in Psychology or Music, although students from other departments may enrol with permission from the instructor. The module will cover key topics in the field, such as
memory, emotional responses, and social aspects of music listening and performance.
The module will also touch upon recent computational approaches and neuroscientific findings that have clarified how music works in the mind and brain. Students will be encouraged to work in interdisciplinary teams to draw connections between their personal music experiences and findings from the literature.
8) MUA2201 Keyboard Literature, 4 MCs
Mr Frank Demeglio
Mondays 10.00am - 12.00pm, SR3
Keyboard Literature explores the great composers and their greatest works for keyboard instruments. The keyboard music that forms the core repertory of contemporary conservatory curriculums and concert programs will be the primary focus. The module slightly emphasises music from the Baroque through Classical period, but works from all periods will be covered. Works for harpsichord, clavichord, organ and fortepiano will also be examined, and practical experience performing on period instruments (especially the harpsichord and fortepiano) will allow the students to experience the sound world of the composer.
9) *MUA3205 Jazz Study and Performance 1, 4 MCs
Assoc Prof Tony Makarome
Workshop on Thursdays 12.00 - 2.00pm or Thursdays 2.00 - 4.00pm
This module focuses on the performance and study of more contemporary jazz approaches including modal interchange, scale derivations, pentatonic scales, additional forms and stylistic considerations pertaining to jazz music as practiced in the USA from the 1950s to the present day. There will be some exploration into latinmusic-influenced jazz as well as blues, rock, and funk music. Creative projects include leadsheet style compositions and arrangements of jazz standards or popular music. There will be a listening list of about 80 well-known jazz pieces.
*For these modules, a theory placement test at YST Conservatory is required.
Read more about the test and sign up here.
Information is correct as of 25 July 2018, and subject to further changes/updates.