At Dulwich College (Singapore) we strive to ensure our students explore and develop their musical talents either for enjoyment or in pursuit of musical excellence.
Dulwich College (Singapore) place a great deal of emphasis on the importance of Music education throughout the College and it all starts in DUCKS.
"I like music because when I play the instruments, it feels like I am one of them." Year 2 Student
The DUCKS Music curriculum in broadly divided into four areas of learning:
- Singing: active participation in music-making develops students on all levels through use of the most accessible instrument - the voice
- Playing and performing: repeated practise allows students to hone fine motor skills as well as developing the interpersonal skills needed to perform as part of a group
- Composing: music can be used as a medium to communicate thoughts and feelings to others
- Listening and responding: people use music for differing reasons and it can vary between countries and cultures
Our instrumental programme provides expert tuition on a wide variety of instruments. The College provides all students from Years 3 to 7 a musical instrument to choose from including, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Flugal Horn, French Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Trombone and Tuba which they can keep for four years. As part of the curriculum, each student is assigned one 55 minute group lesson on that instrument every week. In addition to the group instrument lessons, all students receive a curriculum music lesson every week.
The College offers an extensive ensembles programme where all students have the opportunity to participate in choirs and groups across many genres. This includes Symphony Orchestra, Senior Choir, Junior Choir, Dalcroze Group, String Orchestra and Rock Bands.
Students in Junior School receive a comprehensive and unique musical experience. We have woodwind and brass specialists, Kodaly and Dalcroze certified teachers, vocal and string specialists. The students are exposed to a plethora of different musical styles from folk, jazz, bluegrass, classical, latin, and more. As music educators we aim to broaden students’ view on music and enlighten them so that they are intrinsically motivated to explore and learn about all of the different styles and genres of music.
"In the strings program we strive not only to teach our students to become proficient in their instruments, but ultimately be able to express themselves through music. The violin, cello, viola and bass are tools and extensions of each student that they can use in a multitude of different ways throughout their lives." Andrew Kromholz, Junior School Music Teacher
Through the study of a range of music and related practical work, we aim to foster a life-long love of music in curricular lessons, where each student explores their musical creativity. Activities are inspired by great music from diverse genres and focus on the essential skills of a musician: performing, composing, listening and appraising. Linked with our Band and Strings lessons in which every student in Year 7 and below participate, our Year 8 programme includes the study and formation of rock bands to further enhance ensemble skills.
"I attribute my daughter's Violin success primarily to the great exposure and confidence she has gained from Dulwich College (Singapore) and in particular from being part of the Junior Strings group from Year 3." Year 4 Parent
Technology is always used to support the curriculum. In addition to the school iPads, laptops and Bring Your Own Device programmes in Years 9, 10 and 11, our Music Technology suite in equipped with iMacs fitted with a range of professional software and web-based applications like Cubase, Logic, Sibelius and Focus on Sound to enrich the creative learning process.
From Year 9, students follow the Cambridge IGCSE syllabus to develop their essential skills. They follow a broad curriculum, looking in depth at music, whilst studying the history of Western Classical Music, traditions from around the world, Jazz and other twentieth and twenty-first century styles and genres. Students study compositional techniques and create their own compositions. They perform as soloist and ensemble players in class and in public concerts.
"Music makes us: with a tempo like hearts, with dynamics akin to minds, and with melodies for souls." Rajat, Year 10
Our students participate in various festivals throughout Asia and beyond as part of the Dulwich College International network. This includes International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS), Music, Art, Drama, Dance (MADD) Festival, Dulwich Festival of Music (DFM), Vienna Boys Choir trip to Austria. In addition an extensive range of performances take place at the College involving Students and visiting Musicians. This includes Student soloist concerts, large ensemble performaces and regular visits from top professional musicians including the Diversity Concert series. A key feature of life at Dulwich are the many large scale performing opportunities where many hundreds of Students sing at events such as Remembrance Day, Christmas Concerts and Founder's Day. These mass choir events are always supported by full orchestra.