At YST, we seek to open up platforms and pathways for people to pursue their passions and aspirations in music. For Semester 2 of 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!
*For modules marked with an asterisk, a theory placement test on 2 January 2019, 11.00am-12.00pm at YST Conservatory SR1 is required. Bidding on CORS is not required for these modules. Your requested module will be pre-allocated upon meeting Placement requirements. Learn more about Theory Placement here and sign up here.
1. *MUT3222 Choral Composition, 4 MCs
Dr Chen Zhangyi
Thursdays 10.00-12.00pm Lecture, SR8
This module provides an overview of various compositional approaches to choral music. Styles surveyed range from English madrigals to popular a capella styles, and diverse modern composers such as Ligeti and Whitacre. Assignments will feature creative choral composition, arrangement, paying attention to details of idiomatic voicing, practical voice leading, text setting, and accompaniment. The module aims to bridge compositional thinking with performance and interpretative analysis. Thus, analysis, composition, and performance are 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) *MUT3220 Wind Ensemble Arranging/Composition, 4 MCs
Dr Lien Boon Hua
Tuesdays 9.00-11.00am Lecture, SR5
This module will introduce students to the fundamental components of arranging and composing for wind ensemble through listening, score study, and scoring projects. The module includes both theoretical and practical components. Students will analyse works to further their understanding of module topics and create arrangements and/or compose original works to demonstrate their comprehension of module content.
3) *MUT3223 Early 20th Century Music, 4 MCs
Ms Adeline Wong
Thursdays 2.00-4.00pm Lecture, SR4
This module introduces students to the compositional ideas developed in the early twentieth century (1900-1945). It provides students the skills and techniques for analysing this repertoire and composing music in this style. Perspectives will include not only the musical materials of these works but also some insights into their cultural context and historical placement.
4) *MUT3202 Sonata Forms, 4 MCs
Ms Adeline Wong
Thursdays 10.00-12.00pm Lecture, SR3
This module is designed for students who wish to further explore the depth and diversity of the most complex of all tonal forms: sonata. After reviewing its historical predecessors (binary and ternary forms), formal principles, and terminology, it will investigate various sonata movements from different genres (solo sonata, chamber and orchestral music, vocal music) in chronologiical order, following their development and enlargement. Other topics include: sonata-rondo, sonata movement in concerto, single-movement sonata (Liszt, Schoenberg), and post-tonal sonata (Bartók, Boulez). Students will work on the individual analysis of a sonata in their current repertoire.
5) MUT1201 Introduction to Classical Music Composition, 4 MCs
Assoc Prof Ho Chee Kong
Tuesdays 2.00-4.00pm Lecture, SR3
The module uses the online course ‘Write Like Mozart’ available on the Coursera platform as the basis of its content. It introduces students to strategies for style writing in 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) MUH3203 Evolution of the Music of the Stage, 4 MCs
Dr Marc Rochester
Fridays 9.00-11.00am Lecture, SR4
This module traces the history of opera from its origins in Ancient Greece, through the creation of “modern opera” in the Renaissance, the musical theatre plays staged on Broadway and London’s West End, and on to the musical films of Hollywood and the current opera scene in Singapore and Southeast Asia. While at the core of the module is the thread of history which traces the evolution and development of the musical stage, a significant focus is the social and political attitudes which are reflected in the stories and the music. From a celebration of gods and superheroes, to contemporary political events, and on to the mundane lives of ordinary people (and their pets), the module looks at how this art form has fomented political uprising and social revolution and how it has been affected by advances in technology, from electricity to social media and beyond. Students enrolling on this module need a working knowledge of basic musical terminology but no other specialist musical knowledge is required.
General Education Modules
1) GEH1047 Social and Cultural Studies Through Music, 4 MCs
Assoc Prof Ty Constante
Tuesdays 12.00-2.00pm Tutorial, SR3/SR8/RS/Workshop 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 actually 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) GET1039 What, When and Where is Art?, 4 MCs
Assoc Prof Greg Petersen
Choose one of the following:
Mondays and Thursdays 12.00-1.00pm, SR6
Mondays and Thursdays 1.00-2.00pm, SR6
Mondays and Thursdays 2.00-3.00pm, SR6
This course explores the arts through three different, but overlapping, questions:
What is art? (including the polemics associated with this question);
When is art? (i.e. creations that are interpreted as art, or not art, at different times); and
Where is art? (i.e. why something is perceived as art when it is in one setting, but is generally otherwise unnoticed).
Visits to Singapore locations for case studies are required. Students will study and apply several disparate theories, and will also write their own.
3) GES1020 Western Music Within a Singaporean Context, 4 MCs
Dr Marc Rochester
Choose one lecture (both held at SR8): Tuesdays 2.00-4.00pm or Fridays 2.00-4.00pm
Choose one tutorial (all held at SR8):
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 the 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.
4) GEH1060 Social History of the Piano, 4 MCS
Dr Koo Siaw Sing
Choose one lecture (both held at SR4): Thursdays 10.00-11.00am or Thursdays 11.00am-12.00pm
Choose one tutorial (all held at SR2):
Mondays 11.00am -12.00pm
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 revolutionised and effectuated the versatility of the piano, shaping a legacy which led to the “globalisation” of the piano, in countries including China. Students will learn through lectures, readings, discussions, listening, playing, and attending piano recitals and masterclasses.
5) GEH1040 Exploration in Musical Production, 4 MCs (open to Hall students only)
Assoc Prof Ho Chee Kong
Wednesdays 7.00-10.00pm Lecture, Raffles Hall Conference Room
This module engages students to think and express themselves through the production process of a musical. By introducing the various aspects of mounting a musical production, it empowers the students to transmit this understanding into an actual display of intrinsic ideas. The module will be executed through classroom seminars and an experiential component culminating in the form of a micro-musical. The content coverage embodies a survey and appreciation of Singapore musicals; and to expound on the hardware and software requirements in mounting a musical. This include individual elements like acting, singing, writing, composing, music-making and dancing which are interwoven in the creation of this art form; as well as the financial and budget planning, safety measures and basic aspects of stage management.
1) MUA1192/MUA1193 Chamber Singers, 2 MCs (by pre-allocation via audition)
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. Visit the module wiki page and sign up for an audition here.
2) MUA1166 Music and Computing, 2 MCs
Assoc Prof Peter Edwards
Wednesdays 2.00 - 4.00pm, SR3
The module introduces ways in which basic programming tools – iteration, randomisation, conditions, amongst others – can be used to create music. It also includes an introduction to sample manipulation, sound synthesis tools, usage of common audio effects, and importation of MusicXML into music notation software. Students create two short compositions - an electronic collage composition and a scored composition created from algorithmically-generated components.
3) MUA1223 Desktop Mixing and Production, 4 MCs
Dr Chow Jun Yan
Thursdays 2.00-4.00pm, SR3
The module introduces the mixing of different styles of music in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Topics include audio routing, effective use of volume, pan, filtering, reverb, dynamic and other creative FXs. Projects start simply with the enhancement of a stereo recording and move up to mixing a 4-6 channel session, mixing a multi-mic’d drum kit, and mixing a large project of 10 or more channels.
4) MUA3275 Sonic Circuits, 4 MCs
Dr Chow Jun Yan
Tuesdays 10.00am-1.00pm, ER2
This module is a hands-on project-based introduction to electronic audio circuits for artistic purposes. Through hardware hacking, circuit bending, and circuit building, students will gain an understanding of basic electronics theory as well as develop valuable hands-on experience with battery-powered sound-making and sound-processing projects. From repurposing games, toys, and radios to building oscillators, filters, mixers, and amplifiers, and finally interfacing between the physical world and computers via microcontrollers, students will explore the artistic potential of electronic circuits.
5) MUA2251 Live Interactivity, 4 MCs
Dr Chow Jun Yan
Mondays 2.00-4.00pm, SR8
This module develops skills for creating interactive artistic computer systems. In an interactive system, sensors are used by the artist to incorporate touch, gesture, motion, sound, and light to influence the work, common in live interactive music and installation art. The module will introduce simple sensors and systems for beginners, but allow for more advanced students to work with other tools - Arduino, Max, Processing, etc. It is, therefore, appropriate for students of different experiences and backgrounds with programming. Students will create an artistic work that involves live interactivity. Students may work with image/video, audio, or both.
6) MUA3274 Sonic Environment, 4 MCs
Mr Bani Haykal
Wednesdays 4.00-6.00pm, SR3
This course will investigate the changing relationships between humans and their surrounding sonic environments. Students will gain an understanding of the effects of the sonic environment on the human species, as individuals and as larger societies, and the ways in which humans are in turn responsible for drastic changes in the sonic environment, primarily since the advent of electronic and electroacoustic media technology. Another component of the module will be individual and group creative and research projects documenting the local sonic environment, accompanied by analytical essays. The semester will culminate in public presentations of all projects.
7) MUA3224 Intermediate Keyboard Studies, 4 MCs (by pre-allocation via audition)
Dr Koo Siaw Sing
Thursdays 1.00-3.00pm, 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 and sign up for an audition here.
8) MUA3225 Early Advanced Keyboard Studies, 4 MCs (by pre-allocation; only open to students who have passed MUA3224 Intermediate Keyboard Studies)
Dr Koo Siaw Sing
Thursdays 3.00-5.00pm, SR2
This module is a continuation of MUA3224 Intermediate Keyboard Studies. It presents the study of early advanced piano repertoire and application of more advanced harmony at the keyboard. Students continue to develop 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 and sign up for an audition here.
9) *MUA3228 Analysis from a Keyboard Perspective, 2 MCs
Dr Khoo Hui Ling
Fridays 12.00-2.00pm, SR2
This elective offers an in-depth analysis of selected piano repertoire from various periods and styles. Students will study elements of music such as form, harmony and texture as part of a process of internalising and interpreting works for the piano.
10) 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.
11) MUA3206 Jazz Study and Performance 2, 4 MCs (only open to students who have passed MUA3205 Jazz Study and Performance 1)
Assoc Prof Tony Makarome
Students can attend either session: Thursdays 12.00-2.00pm or Thursdays 2.00-4.00pm, Workshop
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 latin music-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.
12) MUA3219/MUA3220 World Music Ensemble, 2 MCs
Assoc Prof Ty Constante
Tuesdays 2.00-4.00pm, Workshop
This terms World Music course will focus on the gamelan traditions of both Bali and Sunda (West Java). The Gamelan Ensemble offers an opportunity to learn and perform traditional Balinese and Sundanese music. Fundamental playing techniques and theory are introduced and participants partake in a short performance at the end of the semester. The gamelan orchestra allows for varying levels of experience. No previous gamelan or other musical experience is necessary to join!
Information is correct as of 10 January 2018, and subject to further changes/updates.