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Home > Programme > Art & Music Department > Music Department

Music Department

Introduction

Our vision and goal are to instill in our pupils a love for music by creating a vibrant environment which enables all pupils to cultivate an awareness and appreciation for music. 
 
The music curriculum focuses on cultivating and developing our pupils’ skills and knowledge in music by providing them with direct experiences in Singing, Listening and Music-Making. 
 
In line with the school’s thrust of developing a child’s character, the department promoted the learning of playing instruments like the Angklung, recorder, chime bars, boom whackers, ukuleles and Orff instruments during curriculum time. 
 
To stretch pupils’ learning beyond the classroom, the Music department also provided opportunities for pupils to attend musicals and concerts for exposure and a more holistic outlook towards music. 
 
In order to keep abreast of the latest trends and practices in music education and provide music teachers with fresh perspectives on music education, the school encouraged all music teachers to attend music workshops and courses.
 
A spiral music curriculum is adopted through the use of the selected music textbooks which aim to expose pupils to musical concepts and experiences that are built upon each year, in the six years of primary education. On top of the spiral music curriculum, the Music department planned a series of musical activities to achieve our vision to provide a vibrant environment where an awareness and appreciation for music could be cultivated in the pupils.  
 
These activities were designed to achieve the targets set in alignment with developing our school’s Strategic Thrust 4 – Excellence in Sports & Aesthetics. Formative Assessments from Primary 1 to Primary 3 were also in place to provide a holistic evaluation of pupils’ musical abilities.
 

Cluster Music Workshop

A cluster full-day music workshop was conducted at Clementi Primary School on 5 July 2013. The participants were teachers from the west clusters of schools such as W1, W2 and W5. This workshop was conducted by teachers who have been selected as STAR Champions to represent their cluster schools. They were from W1: Mr Tan Kim Keat (Clementi Primary School), Mr Tan Seng Thye (Yuhua Primary School), from W2: Ms Charmaine Sng (De Lasalle School), Mdm Chang Mei Cheng (Yew Tee Primary School) and from W5: Ms Mavis Tan (Nanyang Primary School) and Mr Loo Teng Kiat (Zhenghua Primary School). 
 
The objectives of the workshop were to provide a platform for teachers in the West Zone to collaborate and learn from one another by focussing on student-centric principles as well as fostering 21st century competencies and student outcomes.
 
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Mr Loo sharing with the participants the dance movements for a song by Cee Lo Green.

Our W1 and W5 participants with full focus on the hand movements in preparation for a dance.

Another group working to create layers of music using the poem ‘Panda’s Toe’.

 

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One group discussing the set of melody and rhythms to be played.

W2 STAR Champions, Mdm Chang and Miss Charmaine Sng in a discussion with the participants.

Both Mr Tans (in red) demonstrating hand movements for “Sorida – Part 2” while the participants imitated them.

Aesthetics Week

Since 2011, Aesthetics Week has been a yearly highlight for pupils as they look forward to a week’s long of aesthetics activities involving music, dance and art to deepen their appreciation for the arts. 
  
Jazz was the way to go at this year’s Aesthetics Week as pupils were treated to a live jazz performance by professional Jazz band, High Notes, during Monday’s assembly on 20 May 2013.   Pupils went ecstatic over High Notes as the band introduced and demonstrated five jazz styles using familiar songs such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and What A Wonderful World. 
 
The week’s Aesthetics enrichment activities also centred on the theme of jazz, including Street Jazz and Latin Jazz dance, Jazz singing and digital music conducted by external vendors for the Primary Threes, Fours and Fives. The Primary Ones and Twos enjoyed an hour long of singing and dancing with in-house instructors, Ms Judith Sim and Mr Tan Kim Keat. Pupils also spent part of their recesses painting their own coasters in celebration of the Aesthetics Week.  
 
It was a real treat for all the pupils as they painted and created with their hands, sang their hearts out and boogied to jazz tunes – Jazz the way they would!
 
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Singing to the jazz styles is professional Jazz band, High Notes. 

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How big is the double bass actually?

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The Primary Fours learning how to create music digitally!

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Designing and painting their own coasters during recess!

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The Primary Fives at their street jazz dance segment!

Primary 1 Music

Pupils in their tender years – first year in primary school – work on singing, movements and playing of non-pitched percussion instruments such as triangles, castanets, claves and tambourines just to name a few. 
 
The Primary 1 pupils were taught to sing the National Anthem and the school song with correct pronunciation and to the right tune at the beginning of school. They also learnt to sing National Day songs as part of the school’s National Education programme.
 
In the later part of the second semester, pupils were taught to play the boomwhackers, a set of tuned plastic percussion tubes of varied lengths, which produce pitches when struck together on the floor or against any hard surface. Teachers would select notes for each group such that short and simple tunes could be played as a class. Pupils are then assessed in their playing of boomwhackers as well as singing and hand signs of solfege for the year.
 
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 P1/7 pupils using hand signs and singing the solfege of a tune before playing the boomwhackers.

 Tubes up! Boomwhackers ready to play the tune!

 One of the music lessons where pupils are taught to do movements as they sing a song “Ram Sam Sam”.

 

Primary 2 - Rattling Angklungs

Since 2009, CTP Music Department has been developing our very own in-house Angklung enrichment module specially for our Primary Twos. Resources such as videos, PowerPoint slides, lesson plans, introductory notes, drills and formative assessment rubrics were put together and piloted over a two-year period. Music teachers have also been trained to conduct this module.  
 
An 8-week module, the Primary Twos view famous Angklung performances online, learn how to handle and care for the Angklungs, listen to one another and play as an ensemble songs like Do Re Mi and Edelweiss from the Sound of Music. 
 
With training, the Primary Twos are able to play the Angklung like a professional!
 

Primary 3 - Melody chimes bar 

The Chimes bar program in primary 3 spans about a term where the pupils will learn the correct technique in playing chimes bar, music element like pitch and rhythm,  F  and G major scale and its accidental. The pupils will learn to be a team player as they are exposed to group activities. They would also learn to accept difference and respect diversity through the introduction of world music. By the end of the program, they would be able to play Chan Mali Chan, Planting rice and the more we get together on chimes bar. Finally, the pupils will be assessed based on structure, creativity and ensemble skills. 
 
Picture111.jpgMr Tan guiding the pupils to play a tune on the chime bars. Picture112.jpgThe chime bars galore! Can you identify the three different types of chime bars in this picture?
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Let's play the tune on the chime bars together!

Primary 4 - Ukulele 

The Primary 4 Ukulele program lasted for about 8 weeks (from Term 1 to Term 2 2013). The children learnt about the basics of Ukulele like its basic strumming pattern, different parts of ukulele and its function; correct holding techniques, C major scales chords and basic music elements like rhythm and pitch. In the time range of 8 weeks, they were able to play two songs on their ukuleles by strumming the chords such as C, F and Am chords. The two songs were “Aloha ‘Oe” and “Just the Way You Are”.  They sang the songs with strumming accompaniment on the instrument. Finally, they were assessed informally by the teachers based on basic mastery of chord strumming techniques and musicality.
 
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The girls were all smiles as they displayed their talents at the chime bars.

P5 Music Programme Write-up

The P5 pupils were given opportunities to play on various instruments such as the bongo drums, cajon and chimes bars. Using these and other instruments, the pupils learnt to create and perform their own music for their classmates. They were also exposed to beat boxing. 
 
In line with the school’s mission to provide a holistic education for the students, the Music Department coordinated its programme with the English Department. The P5 pupils had previously read ‘Charlotte’s Web’ for their Literature programme in Term 1 and now had opportunity to watch it as a musical drama, held at the Republic Polytechnic on 20 May 2013. The pupils found it relevant, interesting and entertaining.
 
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Practising the rhythm first

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Figuring out the notes and the melody on the chimes bars

P6 Music Write up

As a follow-up to Primary 5 learning of the xylophone, the Primary 6 pupils are taught more advanced skills like playing pop songs on xylophones or the chime bars before learning basic piano chords. Selected pop songs suitable for the pupils would be sung as a class during music lessons as part of the introduction to pop music. The pupils are also revising music concepts and elements through listening, improvising and composing activities. To enhance their creativity and expressive capacities, music teachers challenged pupils to compose lyrics based on this year’s theme “Many Stories, One Singapore” in collaboration with National Day celebration.  
 
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