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Junior High Curriculum at a Glance

Music Studies

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
 JH1
Music in relation to other art forms (dance, theatre, film) and world musicJH2-4
Western music, covering the following genres:
Keyboard Music, Chamber Music, Concerto, Song, Choral music, Symphonic Music, Opera, Jazz
  1. JH Special Projects1
  2. Research Essays
  3. Written Examinations (Music Studies and Aural Perception)

1 Special projects entail assignments drawing on visits to private rehearsals of Singapore Dance Repertory, Singapore Lyric Opera, SOTA rehearsals and interviewing professional musicians.

Performance

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
Mixed Recital Programme from Western and/or Asian traditions, including both solo and chamber music performance, or 2nd instrument.
  1. Lunchtime Concerts
  2. Public performances (e.g. Esplanade Concourse, Open Mic)
  3. Mid-year and End-of-year open recital exam

Music Writing

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
  • Harmony and Theory fundamentals
  • Stylistic imitation (e.g. Two-part counterpoint, Bach Chorale, String quartet, Romantic Lieder, Fugal Exposition, Sonata development)
  1. Coursework
  2. Written Assessment

Aural & Practical Musicianship Skills

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
  • Sight-singing / Sight-reading
  • Keyboard Improvisation/ Harmonisation
  • Transposition and score-reading
  • Chamber Music coaching
  • Basic Conducting skills
  1. Practical musicianship tests
  2. Written Examinations

Senior High Curriculum and Programme Structure (A level H2 Music)

Music Studies

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
  • Listening
  • Commentary
  • History & Musical Styles

Topics:
For specific Western and Asian topics examined, please refer to:
https://www.seab.gov.sg/docs/default-source/national-examinations/syllabus/alevel/2019syllabus/9753_2019.pdf

Written Examinations

Performing

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
  • Mixed Recital Programme from Western and/or Asian traditions, including both solo and chamber music performance, or 2nd instrument.
Recital

Music Writing

Syllabus Requirements Assessment Format
    • Original composition

and

  • Stylistic imitation and/or Composition Techniques
Coursework