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Dr. Rebecca Kan

Vice Dean, Pedagogy and Research Unit

Senior Lecturer

Music

Qualification

Academic
Doctor of Philosophy (Musicology)
University of Liverpool, UK

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Music
University of Liverpool, UK

Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE)
National Institute of Education,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Musical
FTCL (Piano) Performer’s Diploma
LTCL (Piano) Teacher’s Diploma
LTCL (Violoncello) Performer’s Diploma
LTCL (Violoncello) Teacher’s Diploma
Trinity College of Music, UK

Biography

As Vice-Dean of Research and Pedagogy, Rebecca is passionate about teaching and learning of the arts, specifically in professional education, signature pedagogies, and everything that lies in-between.

Rebecca is trained as a musician and musicologist, specialising in the creative musical processes of the Baroque concerto. She is the recipient of top prizes in the 20th Singapore Music Teachers' Association Competition (Piano Intermediate), 8th  National Music Competition of Singapore (Piano Open), and the 75th British Federation of Festivals. Her research findings are published in Early MusicEdition HHEarly Music ReviewEighteenth-Century MusicBach BibliographyBach NotesStudi VivaldianiIrish Musical Studies 8, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, and Higher Education Research and Development.

As a Senior Lecturer with the School of Music, she has taught a wide range of topics including music in context, music appreciation for performing artistes, performance history, repertoire project, methods of analyses, performance practice and music criticism. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), where she curates the art of appreciating musical milestones with adult learners.

Since 2010, Rebecca made a transition from research on musical practices of the Baroque to educational practices with the Office of Academic Affairs. She was appointed as Vice-Dean of Teaching and Learning to develop processes that assure quality and effectiveness. In 2013, she joined Harvard Graduate School of Education’s programme on ‘Leading Education Systems at National Level’.  Since 2018, she has been assigned with responsibility towards research and faculty development.  In this role, she spearheads a range of research projects, partnerships, and pedagogical practices that enhance the quality of education at NAFA.

For her PhD studies, she received a grant from National Arts Council, a full scholarship from the University of Liverpool, and the United Kingdom Scholarships for International Research Students.  Rebecca is presently awarded the Tan Poey Quee Doctor in Education Scholarship for EdD studies at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.