YST Conservatory Partners NUS SCALE

From 20-24 August, 15 music undergraduates and postgraduates from Jianghan University in China visited YST, as part of a collaboration between the Conservatory and the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE). Over the course of a five-day Musical Arts and Culture programme, they attended classroom and hands-on sessions alongside NUS students, with faculty Assoc Prof Greg Petersen, Assoc Prof Ty Constant, Dr Koo Siaw Sing, Dr Marc Rochester and Dr Khoo Hui Ling.

 Assoc Prof Ty Constant introduces students to the African mbira dzavadzimu

Assoc Prof Ty Constant introduces students to the African mbira dzavadzimu

Students participating in the programme shared that they were glad to be able to study alongside full-time NUS students as well as to interact with YST faculty. A particular highlight was a spontaneous musical play session led by Dr Koo Siaw Sing, involving a relay game where each student improvised on a tune played by the previous student – a refreshing contrast to the “practiced play” typically emphasised in their studies.

 Dr Koo Siaw Sing engaging students in a spontaneous musical play session.

Dr Koo Siaw Sing engaging students in a spontaneous musical play session.

The collaboration was part of SCALE's drive to tap the teaching expertise of NUS faculties and schools, to support talent development programmes for local and global organisations.

Assoc Prof Chan Tze Law (Vice-Dean, Professional Integration) said, “We are delighted to partner with SCALE through this initiative, and open up our classrooms to a wider diversity of students. It not only affirms the relevance of our educational offerings, but also allows us to create a greater impact on the musical ecosystem in Asia.”