Enhanced Music Programme
St. Margaret’s niche development area is in the aesthetics, and it has been a Cluster Centre of Excellence for Performing & Visual Arts since 2003. The school was awarded the National Arts Education Blaze Award in 2015. St Margaret’s Secondary School also serves as an O-Level Music Centre for students from other schools.
The vision of the SMSS EMP is to create a community of confident and creative musicians. To this end, St. Margaret’s Secondary School is committed to nurturing musically talented Lower Secondary students who may wish to join the Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) at the Upper Secondary Level. To enter the programme, applicants (at Secondary Two) need to pass a written Selection Test and participate in an audition conducted by music teachers. The audition could be on any other instrument, including the voice.
The EMP is a two-year programme starting at Secondary Three and ending with the GCE 'O' Level Music Examinations. A wide range of topics is covered, including the study of Western music and Asian musical traditions. Students will get to exercise their own creativity as they work on musical compositions. They will also perform music individually or in ensembles (e.g. piano duet, string quartet, etc.) and have the opportunity to participate in clinic sessions to hone their performing skills.
Apart from classroom lessons that introduce students to the music of Western and Asian traditions, students are also engaged in workshops that provide hands-on experiences (e.g. gamelan workshop and Indian music workshop) to gain deeper insights into the cultural context.
Students learn to set a poem to music (in the coursework component).
There are opportunities for students to attend composition workshop by local composers. Through such workshops, students become acquainted with real composers and are inspired to think more deeply about communicating their thoughts and ideas through music.
There are also platforms for them to perform at various events e.g. School Partners’ Appreciation Tea and at MOE-organised events such as EMPlify (an annual camp for EMP schools’ students).
The EMP at St. Margaret’s is well-supported by a variety of music co-curricular activities, namely the Choir, String Ensemble and Symphonic Band.
All in all, the EMP at St Margaret’s aims to develop in its students a strong interest in music and deepen their understanding of music as a whole.
For queries on the EMP, contact:
Mrs Tham Chuan Chuan
Ms Ng Shau Ching
Performing Arts CCAs supporting the Enhanced Music Programme
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Our Alumni in the Music Pathway
Grace Wong, an MOE Teaching Scholarship (Overseas) holder, pursued a Bachelor of Music (First-class honours) at the University of Birmingham in 2013-2016. She proceeded to read Musicology at the University of Oxford in 2016-2017, and has recently returned to join the teaching profession in Singapore.
Evangeline Anne Lim Shyan Ying, received 2017 Teaching Award for a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree programme at the National Institute of Education, specialising in Music.
Tsai Gin Tzu is currently pursuing a Diploma in Piano Performance at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.