Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting

Introduction

The Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting aims to provide professional development opportunities to conductors working with an orchestra, symphonic wind band, or other instrumental ensemble in various professional contexts. The following are the key features of the proposed curriculum:

  • The part-time programme comprises two certificates: Certificate in Orchestral Studies (120 hours), and Certificate in Orchestral Leadership (120 hours).
  • Each certificate consists of four modules on fundamentals of conducting skills: conducting and rehearsal techniques, orchestral literature survey and performance practice, score reading and musicianship skills, and instrumentation of the orchestra.
  • The curriculum is practice-led and industry-focused whereby students are given opportunities to apply acquired knowledge in authentic professional environments such as podium time to lead the NAFA orchestra in rehearsals.

Terms and conditions

Students will be presented a Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting upon successful completion of Certificate in Orchestral Studies and Certificate in Orchestral Leadership and passing all required assessments.

Course Available Dates and Timings*

Modules Day Start to End time
Principles of Conducting 1: Conducting Class Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Principles of Conducting 1: Orchestra Rehearsal Skills Tuesday & Thursday 10.30am - 1.30pm
Orchestra Repertoire and Analysis 1 Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Orchestral Score Reading and Musicianship 1 Tuesday 9.15am - 10.30am
Instrumentation 1 Thursday 9.15am - 10.30am

*Note

  • *The above schedule is subject to final confirmation.
  • *A detailed schedule will be given in your commencement package.


Certificate in Orchestral Studies

  • Principles of Conducting 1 (60 hours per module)
    The Principles of Conducting focuses on fundamental conducting techniques including baton techniques and gestural awareness, score preparation, rehearsal strategies, and various approaches to conducting. All participants will have the opportunity to participate or observe the NAFA orchestra rehearsals where they will acquire first-hand experience working with a standard orchestra and the conductor. Students will be granted podium time in orchestra rehearsals during the course of study in which conducting an orchestra is part of the assessment process.

  • Orchestral Repertoire and Analysis 1 (20 hours per module)
    This module provides an overview of the development of standard orchestral repertoire. Relevant performance practice and stylistic issues will be discussed.

  • Orchestral Score Reading and Musicianship 1 (20 hours per module)
    Students will develop score reading skills and musicianship skills on the keyboard, topics will include transposition, sight-reading, harmonic analysis, meter changes, figure bass, and instrumental balance in standard orchestral scores.

  • Instrumentation 1 (20 hours per module)
    All students will attend a semester of instrumentation classes to enhance their understanding of standard orchestral instruments and various orchestration techniques.

Certificate in Orchestral Leadership

  • Principles of Conducting 2 (60 hours per module)
    The Principles of Conducting focuses on advanced conducting techniques, rehearsal strategies, and various approaches to conducting. All participants will have the opportunity to participate or observe the NAFA orchestra rehearsals where they will acquire first-hand experience working with a standard orchestra and the conductor. Students will be granted podium time in orchestra rehearsals during the course of study in which conducting an orchestra is part of the assessment process.

  • Orchestral Repertoire and Analysis 2 (20 hours per module)
    This module continues to survey the standard orchestral repertoire. Relevant issues in performance practice and stylistic interpretation will be discussed.

  • Orchestral Score Reading and Musicianship 2 (20 hours per module)
    Students will continue to develop score reading skills and musicianship skills on the keyboard, topics will include transposition, sight-reading, harmonic analysis, meter changes, figure bass, and instrumental balance in standard orchestral scores.

  • Instrumentation 2 (20 hours per module)
    Students will continue to study the standard orchestral instruments and orchestration techniques.



  • Academic Requirement
    Relevant Diploma or Degree from recognised institution in Music, or equivalent qualification. Individuals with 3 years of relevant working experience in the music industry but possessing other diploma/degree qualifications shall be considered on case-by-case basis.

  • Language Proficiency
    Minimum of GCE ‘O’ Level Grade D7 in English Language, or TOEFL iBT 40, or TOEFL 400, or IELTS Band 4, or SAT score of 450 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component), or a pass in the NAFA English Admission Test.

  • Audition (15-20 mins)
    The audition comprises the following:
    • Sight-sing
    • Aural test
    • Short interview with the audition panel about your knowledge of repertoire and how this course will be of value to you.

Course Fees

Course Module Fees
Certificate in Orchestral Studies S$3500
Certificate in Orchestral Leadership S$3500

Other Fees (upon registration)

Application Fee S$80

Other Fees (after acceptance)

Administrative Fees (including Student card & Library Membership) S$40
Hospitalisation Insurance fee S$60

All fees stated above include GST and exclude material costs.

Address (for payment via cheque)

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the 'Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' and send to:
80 Bencoolen Street (S) 189655. The student's name, NRIC/Passport number and contact number must be written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Refund of Fees

Students who wish to withdraw from or defer their course must submit their withdrawal/ deferment application, duly completed, to the Centre for Lifelong Education. The effective date of withdrawal or deferment is determined by the Centre for Lifelong Education after all formalities stated on the withdrawal form/ deferment application have been complied with. For all duly completed withdrawal/deferment application, NAFA shall within 4 weeks, refund the course fees paid in accordance with the conditions as set out below. Before the effective date of withdrawal/deferment, students will still be liable to pay fees, regardless of whether they attend classes or not. Upon receipt of duly completed Refund Form, NAFA shall within 7 working days refund the course fees paid in accordance with the conditions as set out below:


  1. Refund for Withdrawal Due to Non-Delivery of Course:

    NAFA will notify the Student within three (3) working days upon knowledge of any of the following:

    1. It does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;
    2. It terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date;
    3. It does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;
    4. It terminates the Course before the Course Completion Date;
    5. It has not ensured that the Student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as set by the organisation stated in Schedule A of Student Contract within any stipulated timeline set by CPE; or
    6. The Student’s Pass application is rejected by Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

    The Student should be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any), and also be entitled to a refund of the entire Course Fees and Miscellaneous Fees already paid should the Student decide to withdraw, within seven (7) working days of the above notice.


  2. Refund for Withdrawal Due to Other Reasons:

    If the Student withdraws from the Course for any reason other than those stated in Clause 1 above, NAFA will, within seven (7) working days of receiving the Student’s written notice of withdrawal, refund to the Student an amount based on the Refund table stated herein.


  3. Refund During Cooling-Off Period:

    NAFA will provide the Student with a Cooling-off-Period of seven (7) working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties. The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in Refund table) of the fees already paid if the Student submits a written notice of withdrawal to NAFA within the Cooling-off-Period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not.


Refund
If Student's written notice of withdrawal is received
SEMESTER 1 IN THE FIRST YEAR

100% of the Course Fee paid and Refundable Miscellaneous Fees less:-

  1. (i)any outstanding payment due and payable by the Student to NAFA; and
  2. (ii)bank administrative charges

Within Cooling-off-Period, that is, within 7 working days after signing the Contract


90% of the Course Fee for the whole semester and Refundable Miscellaneous Fees less:-

  1. (i)   any outstanding payment due and payable by the Student to NAFA; and
  2. (ii)  bank administrative charges

After Cooling-off-Period and within 14 calendar days after the Course Commencement Date


No Refund
More than 14 calendar days after the Course Commencement date
SUBSEQUENT SEMESTERS

100% of the Course Fee for the whole semester and Refundable Miscellaneous Fees less:-

  1. (i)   any outstanding payment due and payable by the Student to NAFA; and
  2. (ii)  bank administrative charges

More than 14 calendar days before the Semester Commencement date


90% of the Course Fee for the whole semester and Refundable Miscellaneous Fees less:-

  1. (i)   any outstanding payment due and payable by the Student to NAFA; and
  2. (ii)  bank administrative charges

Up to 14 calendar days after Semester Commencement date


No Refund
More than 14 calendar days after the Semester Commencement date
Refund
If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received

100% of the course/ module Fee paid less:-

  1. (i)   any outstanding payment due and payable by the Student to NAFA; and
  2. (ii)   bank administrative charges

Up to 14 calendar days after Semester Commencement date


No Refund

More than 14 calendar days after Semester Commencement date


Note:

  1. Aside from the normal voluntary withdrawal requests put up by the applicants, the above Refund Policy is also applicable when the Student is expelled from NAFA or withdrawn from the course for any reason.
  2. The Semester Commencement Date is the date of the first Term of the Semester.
  3. NAFA reserves the right to claim against the Student and/or parent/guardian for any balance outstanding payment due and payable.
  4. Refund of SkillsFuture Credit must be paid directly to SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) which in turn will reinstate student’s SkillsFuture Credit account.

Replacement of Classes

  • There is strictly no replacement lesson should the participant absent himself/herself from the course.

The Academy reserves the rights to alter the rules & regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.



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Venue:
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Campus 1, Tower Block, Level 9, Centre for Lifelong Education
80 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 189655

Please apply in person and bring along 1 passport-sized photo, your NRIC / Passport (Original & photocopy), original highest qualification certificate and transcript and other relevant supporting documents for verification.

For further enquiries, please contact us at Tel: 6512 1388 or email: [email protected]

The Academy reserves the rights to alter the rules & regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.

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