Summary

Throughout this programme, you will develop skills in creating melody, harmony, proficiency in the principal instrument as well as creative approaches to musical composition, lyric writing, and an individual writing style. Curriculums also include Marketing & Media Management, Stage & Performance Techniques, Artiste Personal Development, which are designed to nurture trainees into professional performers capable of managing your own artiste persona and hold your own when performing on stage.

Most importantly, a professional music veteran will be your mentor to guide you and help develop your personal style and industrial readiness upon graduation. You will also be given the opportunity to constantly showcase your portfolio through events organised by our school’s strategic partner which includes private enterprises (MM2) and government bodies (SCAPE).

Upon completing the programme, you would have developed a theoretical, conceptual, and philosophical background in the area of songwriting and musical performance that will enable you to quickly adapt to changes in the professional music environment.

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Course Modules

This module equips you with knowledge and skills essential for songwriters in the 21st century. A range of topics covered includes key roles in songwriting, songwriting workflow, music copyrights, basic music theory, synthesis and digital audio workstation (DAW). These foundational knowledge and skills form the basic ingredients that would prepare you as an inspiring songwriter to create up-to-date works at a professional level, as well as negotiate effectively, efficiently and professionally in a contextually updated manner when dealing, working and collaborating with others in the music industry today.

This module deals with the knowledge and skills needed for melody writing in the context of songwriting for popular music markets. You will learn song forms of popular music genres of different markets, primary(motif), secondary(musical form) and tertiary(song structure) components of songs, as well as approaches in creative writing that will culminate in producing what is termed a hit song.

This module aims to develop the quintessential skills of listening to music and analysing it from a technical perspective. This course comprises of 2 segments: 1) from a musician’s perspective, you will learn how to listen to rhythm, time-signature, pitch and the relationship between note intervals, 2) from an engineer’s perspective you will learn how to listen to frequencies and how it affects different instruments (vocals, guitar, bass drums). At the end of the module, you will be able analyse audio materials, identify unique musical ideas and integrate it into your repertoire.

This module introduces you to different approaches towards lyrics writing, as well as techniques of lyrics writing as part of the songwriting process. You will appreciate how lyrics are written differently for different contexts. You will learn how to make use of concepts and various available tools for creative writing. You will also be taught how to systematically and strategically approach the writing process for effective storytelling.

This module equips you with the essentials skills to effectively operate professional audio equipment. You will learn how microphones, microphone preamplifiers, and outboard gear operate; safe operating procedures; microphone characteristics, placement and essential studio signal flow to achieve the highest quality of audio production in a professional studio environment. You will apply the knowledge learned in this module to create professional-sounding audio recordings for song productions.

This module prepares you in building a sustainable business model in the music industry by providing you an overview of the music industry. The course will be broken down into 3 aspects: 1). Introduce and explain various supply chain channels in the music industry which includes publishing houses, labels and management companies, 2) Introduce Singapore copyright laws and Employment Rights for a freelancer 3) Impart technical skills like Pricing Strategy, Branding Strategy and financial management and proposal writing skills to allow you to build your own business profile one day.

This module introduces you to concepts in creative thinking, in a general sense not necessarily and specifically only targeted directly at any aspects of the songwriting process per se. The lessons for this module are filled with class activities that inform, inspire and allow students to explore and question what creativity is, how it may be evoked, and how it can be guided to fruition. Understanding creative thinking in a general sense would then allow you to translate this skill to different aspects of the songwriting processes as students move on to these aspects in your practices when you encounter the various other modules in this course, and indeed also as you develop into professional songwriting practitioners.

This module equips you with diverse skill sets required to be an artist, public figure and singer-songwriter. Apart from introducing advanced techniques in singing, the module sets you thinking about issues of communication and presentation when artists interact with the various segments of the public, be it fans, media or industry partners. It is pertinent that an artist is self-aware of the image you portray to the public, and that the artist learns to develop and maintain his or her own public persona as distinct and separate from his or her private persona, and this module aims to achieve that goal. You will also learn about personal grooming and wardrobe management.

This module equips students with the necessary skills to conceptualise and execute a music video. You will learn how to create a storyboard and make a case for your stories. You will also learn about the technical aspects of video production ranging from on-site shooting to post-production video editing.

As part of the curriculum, all students of the Diploma in Songwriting & Performance are required to declare their principal instrument(piano/guitar) and develop their proficiency in their instrument under the supervision of instructors hired by the school. A facilitator of our school will be entrusted to oversee the coordination of the instrument lab module. The Committee has prepared this set of guidelines so that you are aware of the various requirements in terms of mastering your instrument.

This module equips you with the necessary skills to handle a live performance environment. You will be taught how to react and handle stage dynamics with other performers and also if you are performing on your own. You will also be exposed to various supporting tools which will aid you in creating a better showcase.

This module equips you with basic marketing concepts and techniques on managing your own social media. You will be able to recognise that your music is the product you are selling and learn to understand your product, analyse and strategise how to skill your product. Equipped with tangible skills from website construction and content creation to intangible skills like ‘Building an online presence’, you will possess the skills necessary to market yourself in this highly competitive industry.

This module equips you with the physiological knowledge of how vocalisation works so that you understand how to better control your vocals for more effective singing, as well as how to maintain vocal health which is very crucial for a professional career in singing. You will also learn advanced singing techniques for different genres of music as well as strategies for effective live performance.

As part of the curriculum, you are required to undertake a project supervised by the facilitators. The Final Year Project Committee of our school will be entrusted to oversee the coordination of all final year projects. The Committee has prepared this set of guidelines so that you are aware of the various project requirements in terms of project schedule, project report, and presentation.

This programme is a non-graded programme which pairs up trainees with current industry professionals to develop your industrial awareness. Through constant 1 to 1 interaction with your mentors, you will be able to obtain first-hand information on how the music industry is changing and thus better hone skills which are suitable to meet the upcoming challenges. Mentors will also provide constant feedback for you to improve your craft and enable you to enter the industry as industrial-ready musicians capable of producing world-standard hits.

Duration

  • 12-Month Full time course
  • 24-Month Part Time course
  • 14 modules including Final-Year Project

Admission Requirement:

  • At Least 16 Years old, and;
  • Pass Academy’s Interview conducted by Headmasters, and;
  • Completed IP Year 4 or equivalent, and;
  • English Proficiency Requirements:
    (International English Language testing System (IELTS) Score of 5.0 or equivalent)

Fees

  • Admin Fee: S$300 one-time payment
  • Course fee: S$18,800

Teacher-Student Ratio

1:30

Lesson Hours

  • 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 7.00pm – 10.00pm

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