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Music Elective Programme

The Music Elective Programme (MEP) is a special programme offered by the Ministry of Education to provide opportunities for students with an aptitude for music to pursue a deeper study in music listening and music making. The objective of the RGS MEP is to equip young musicians with musical knowledge to support performance and any other musical endeavours they may embark on after leaving school. The programme is targeted at developing in our young musicians a diverse range of musical skills, and in the process, nurture the appreciation of music as knowledge and understanding deepens through scholarship. In addition, the students are nurtured to understand music in the broader social context, by developing their artistic sensitivity through providing experiences in the musical traditions of a variety of different cultures.

Key Understandings
Students will understand that  

  • Music is made up of aesthetic musical elements and principles
  • Music requires a power of observation and interpretation
  • Music involves creative problem solving and critical decision-making
  • Music involves an inventive use of instruments, techniques and technologies
  • Music is an investigation of concepts and issues
  • Music does not exist or is created within a socio-historic vacuum
  • Music is a reflection of, or a reaction against societal realities
  • Music is a useful tool in constructing beauty and facilitating communication in our environment
  • Study of Music gives meaning to one's experiences by expressing one's ideas and feelings through sound
  • Study of Music gives one fuller understanding of the role of music in the development of mankind
  • Study of Music fosters creative, critical and analytical thinking, sensitivity and powers of observation and listening
  • Study of Music provides experience of enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure
Learning Outcomes
 By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • Develop a deepened awareness and appreciation of the role played by music in the society within different contexts and perspectives
  • Become independent thinkers who will contribute proactively to their peers, the school, and society through music making. This is in line with the mission of RP in the nurturing of the Thinker, Leader and Pioneer
  • Construct their own meanings about the world around them based on what they see and experience
  • Attain a deepened awareness and appreciation of music within different contexts and perspectives
  • Develop the ability to identify and solve problems creatively, and engage students in the processes of informal and critical decision-making
  • Be encouraged to experiment through the inventive use of techniques and technologies, balanced with the systematic training of skills and discovery of conceptual issues
  • Develop the ability to competently form, compose and communicate about music processes and vocabulary
 Programmes
YEAR 1
 
History
  • Elements of Music
  • Instruments of the Orchestra.
  • Overview of musical periodic styles
  • Setwork study (I)
  • Ethnic Music (I)
Harmony
  • Harmony principles (I)
  • Composition (I) :
  • Melody Writing
  • Forms and Structures
YEAR 2  
History
  • Lieder
  • Keyboard Music
  • Jazz
  • Music and Drama (I)
  • Setwork study (II)
  • Ethnic Music (II)
Harmony
  • Harmony principles (II)
  • Composition (II) :
  • Text-setting
  • Writing for two parts (II)
YEAR 3  
History
  • Symphony
  • Trio, Quartets, Quintets
  • Music and Drama (II)
  • – musical and opera
  • Overview of Genres
  • Setwork study (III)
  • Ethnic Music (III)
Harmony
  • Harmony principles (III)
  • Composition (III) :
  • Writing for small ensembles
  • Writing for two parts (III)
YEAR 4  
  • Music in the 20th Century
  • Setwork study (IV)
  • Ethnic Music (IV)
  • Harmony principles (IV) 
  • Composition (IV): 
  • Student projects 
  • Writing for three parts