It’s play time! Whilst the holiday season is a great time to rest and relax, it’s also a great time to check out events and explore the abundance of activities that our island has to offer. We’ve compiled a list of musical to-dos for this March holiday - while students nationwide are taking a break, do not miss out on these opportunities to expose yourselves to music and the joy that it brings!
22nd March, 12:30 pm: Lunchtime Concerts at ACM - Piano / Free
A collaborative effort between Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music , this programme aims to showcase solo piano repertoire performed by talented students from Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. If you still have time to spare after the performance, you may also check out ACM’s latest exhibition, Raffles in Southeast Asia, jointly presented with the British Museum.
Music Tutor - Sight-Reading / Free
This app presents you with a 1 minute challenge to identify musical notes one by one as they flash by. For aspiring beginners, don’t panic! This free app also provides a guide on how to recognise musical notes on the stave. After each attempt, your can review your mistakes while the app assigns a score for that attempt. With scores from multiple attempts, you can track your progress right from the beginning and watch your sight-reading prowess improve day by day.
Steve Reich’s Clapping Music / Free
Developed by the London Sinfonietta and Touchpress, this free app allows users to experience the famous “Clapping Music” composed by Steve Reich in 1972. “Clapping Music” is a minimalist piece performed entirely by clapping. In the app, users will be prompted to tap a series of shifting rhythmic patterns shown on screen. While tapping, the app will constantly measure the accuracy of the patterns. The game is over if you slip up or when your accuracy falls beyond a certain point. A practice mode is available in-app for users to practice the patterns individually before attempting the main challenge. Tap away and be amazed at what a slight shift in rhythm could produce!
Jazz For Kids Workshop
Over the first week of the holidays, D-Flat Studios is organising a 3-day “Jazz For Kids Workshop” as an effort to expose our students to more diverse music. Held at our Tanglin Studio, the program aims to promote ensemble playing among young beginners as well as learning from the ‘bandstand’. Throughout the workshop, students will be exposed to topics such as the blues, swing music, and learn how to improvise within the jazz tradition.
Building your repertoire
Lastly, with 2 weeks to spare, this holiday season serves a a good opportunity to expand your repertoire. Here are a few pieces that all beginners can check out.
ODE TO JOY - Beethoven
2. MINUET IN G - Bach
3. THE BLUE DANUBE - Strauss
Still don’t know where to start? Feel free to drop by our Tanglin Studio to have a chat with our panel of teachers to start of your very own musical journey.
Play on and Tinkle Away!