O-level Music Revised to Better Cater to Students' Diverse Musical Interests and Backgrounds

For the longest time, O-level Music has been limited to Western Classical Music and Asian Music Studies. It delved into Operas, Art Song, Orchestra Music, Keyboard Music, Musicals, Chamber Music, Malay, Indian, Chinese Ensemble Music, and Gamelan. Though these are important historical developments in music, they are disconnected from the music of today, from what our children are listening to, and what Singapore’s cultural leaders are creating.

Recently, the Ministry of Education Singapore has recognised this and announced its revision to include jazz, popular music and music in multimedia into its O-level Music Syllabus. Classrooms will also cover local art forms.

Cultural Identity

Evidently from the latest NDP 2019 all-star feature music video, there is much of local music to be passed on. Within less than a minute of the black and white video, veterans DJ Brian Richmond, Pan Xiu Qiong, Tracy Huang, Rahimah Rahim, Cultural Medallion winner Louis Soliano, Jacintha Abisheganaden, and Ramli Salip are some of the legendary icons you can see. As the video is liven with colour, the camera shifts its focus to the next generation of local music ambassadors who have made a name for themselves locally and internationally - Stephanie Sun, JJ Lin, Evanturetime, Charlie Lim, Aisyah Aziz, Taufik Batisah, Shabir and The Sam Willows. Not forgetting local icons Dick Lee and Kit Chan, and local rappers, Sheikh Haikel, The Lion City Boy, Shigga Shay, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba and Wheelsmith.

Listen to Singapore’s Top Acts here.

Staying Relevant

As technology evolves, music production is no longer limited to performing in front of a live audience, with standard instrumentation. Soundscape is limitless through leveraging on digital sounds and scope of audience is endless through digital platforms and streaming. This move to encompass multimedia music is a step ahead in equipping our students to be relevant to the industry that they will face in the future.

The Syllabus

Source: www.seab.gov.sg

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Jazz For Kids Programme at D-Flat Studios

Our second year running, the Jazz for Kids programme introduces students to what Jazz is. At the end of the programme, students will showcase tunes that they have learnt, playing seventh chords, melody in swing rhythm, and improvising using call and response. This gives a pre-taste to 9 to 14 year olds what Jazz is if they choose to study further as a subject for O-levels.

26 - 28 Jun 2019
Wed, Thu & Fri 9am - 12pm
$190 for beginners
$220 for intermediate
At D-Flat Studios (Tanglin)

Sign up here or call 6225 7175 or email admin@dflat.com.sg to book your place for June’s class!

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Photo Credit: Desmond Wee, The Straits Times