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Music Education

Establishing a positive trend, more than 85% of parents have strongly agreed or agreed that Fuchun Primary has a good music programme.

 

All pupils are taught to play at least 4 instruments (the pianica, cornet, recorder and guitar).

Pupils also have a solid foundation in both music theory and practical, which we define as being approximately ABRSM Grade 3 (or its equivalent) by the end of 6 years of music education – regardless of whether they have formally taken the ABRSM exams. This attainment level is benchmarked against the pre-requisites for entrance into the Music Elective Programme (MEP) in MOE’s Secondary Schools.

 

Assessment of pupils’ musical development at various milestones are carefully crafted and implemented by the school, to provide timely feedback and encouragement to pupils. The aim is to help pupils reflect and self-direct their learning as musicians.

 

All musical skills and knowledge are not taught in isolation but grounded in contextual experience. Pupils are taught specific skills such as singing, conducting, listening and instrumental, and also specific music knowledge (includes an introduction to brass band instruments). They also experience playing in rhythm ensembles. 

 

Pupils who display musical talents in playing the cornet during curriculum time are invited to join the Brass Band. All P2 pupils also go through a band audition where they are tested on the fundamentals of music, such as aural skills and pitching, to channel the musically inclined into the Brass Band for talent development and management. Interested pupils can also develop other musical skills and knowledge by joining one of the 8 Performing Arts CCAs. Platforms in school such as the Art Jam, inter-class competitions (singing, Science song, instrumental and live band) and external competitions are provided to nurture pupils’ technical facility in music, confidence in showmanship, and self-esteem. On top of all these platforms, Fuchun Primary organises a yearly showcase of its students’ music performances in a public concert.


Talent Development in Music

Professional ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) brass band, string and guitar practical and ABRSM theory lessons and certifications are sponsored by the school as part of talent development. In 2012, more than 50% of pupils scored a distinction or a merit in both the theory and practical exams. The school also produced top scorers at the ABRSM practical exams in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012. 6 pupils also successfully applied to the School of the Arts (SOTA) and other secondary schools via Direct-School Admission (DSA) in music from 2008 to 2012. Other success stories include alumnus from the brass band playing  (trumpet) selected to join the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in 2009; and more recently, a P5 brass band pupil selected to join the MOE HQ’s Music Talent Development Centre (MTDC) Primary Schools’ Band, for her talents in playing the horn.