IVP4408: Music Theory for a Multi-Cultural Music Curriculum
This course aims to develop some essential theoretical understanding to help teachers deal with the music-technical features—in respect of melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, timbre and texture (where applicable)—of different music traditions. This basic understanding is meant to undergird the designing of meaningful performing and creating lesson activities within a multi-cultural music curriculum. Whilst western art music theory forms the basis of theoretical understandings here, other traditions (e.g. Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and Malay as well as popular musics) will be brought in selectively for comparative study purposes with the aim of sensitizing teachers to pertinent commonalities and differences across traditions. The mode of teaching adopted will have a strong practical dimension whereby theoretical concepts are learnt in part through singing and performing in ways authentic to the tradition involved.
IVP4409: Teaching and Learning of World Musics
This course offers teachers an introduction to the musics of the world and the varied role of music in differing societies. The lessons from these varieties of culture and societies are contextualized for the classroom and ways in which these world musics may be introduced to pupils in a practical and musical way. This course is designed as a starting point from which it is expected teachers will develop their own interests further. This course emphasizes the facilitation of an informed ‘audience listening’ with an emphasis on practical engagement (performing, composing, improvising) with the music wherever possible.
IVP4410: Playing and Conducting
This course allows trainees to develop practical musical skills in the following areas useful for the classroom music teacher:
Keyboard skills for the classroom teacher
Conducting for the classroom teacher
IVP4411: ICT and classroom music practices
The course is taught in a practical way with trainees being given hands-on experience of the computer programmes under study and opportunities to explore internet resources for music teaching. Trainees will be introduced to composing and arranging using pre-recorded loops. Trainees will be taught how to record music via audio and MIDI and edit, mix and master the resulting tracks. Schemes of work to integrate these programmes into the music syllabus will be considered.
IVP4412: Performance Studies
In this course all students are expected to develop their own performing abilities both as an individual and in an ensemble. Students will continue to develop their personal instrumental skills and participate in a minimum of two ensembles drawn from the ensemble activities available through the General Electives – i.e. Chinese, Indian, Malay, Indian, Japanese, Percussion/Choir/Symphonic Band.
IVP4413: Theory and Practice of Music Education I
Curriculum studies help prepare a music teacher through the study of both traditional and contemporary theories on music education curriculum. The course will introduce theories of music education through a practical and creative approach.
IVP4414: Theory and Practice of Music Education II
This course will comprise a study of the music curriculum in Singapore and the wider musical world. In addition to in-depth study of the MOE music syllabus, students will explore music opportunities beyond the school: concert visits, private lessons, community music activities, visiting artists, practical musical activities in school outside the classroom and school musicals.