WESTERN MUSIC WITHIN A SINGAPOREAN CONTEXT
2015/2016, Semester 1
Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music)
Modular Credits: 4
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. It will investigate the role graded music examinations play in driving parental interest in music education.
A prior knowledge of music is helpful but not required.
At the end of this module students will have acquired:
An appreciation of the role of western classical music in Singapore's cultural life
A knowledge of Singapore's musical landscape both professional and amateur
An understanding of Singaporean attitudes to western culture and to classical music
The role of government and commerical support to the arts in Singapore
The value of cultural cross-fertilisation within a south-east Asian context.
The module is delivered through weekly 2-hour sessions delivered as lectures and 1-hour online tutorials.
In addtion there will be field trips to concert halls and other venues in Singapore.
During the second, third and fourth weeks of the module all students will need to attend FOUR concerts, at least two of which must have taken place in Singapore. They will undertake research into audience behaviour and expectations through general observations and face-to-face interviews.
Alternatively, students will, over this time, visit SIX educational establishments (including at least ONE Government school, ONE international school and ONE private music studio), observe teaching methods and survey music teachers by means of face-to-face interviews.
Assessment will be through the following;
Field Work - Survey of concert audiences OR music teachers in Singapore (25%)
Essay (500 words) - detailed study of a Singaproean-based ensemble specialsiing in the eprformance of Western Classcial Music (25%)
Essay (750 words) - Personal assessment of Singapore's musical presence on the world stage.(30%)
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week