Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Introduction

This is a two-year course for diploma graduates offered in collaboration with the Royal College of Music. Final-year students have the opportunity to attend their international placement for 7 weeks at the Royal College of Music in London (for Western Instruments) or 10 weeks at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (for Chinese Instruments). Students will not only attend lessons, but will also be offered opportunities to perform in public events.

The Bachelor of Music (Hons) course is relevant to Singaporeans who wish to work in the developing music industry, either as performers or teachers. It is also relevant to individuals who are interested in pursuing further studies. The course will provide you with the opportunity to study and perform within a multicultural environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Sharpen your individual skills and deepen specialist interests, establishing yourself in the profession
  • Develop close links with the music profession in its widest sense
  • Gain a sense of individual and collective responsibility
  • Respond flexibly to changing professional expectations and demands within broader musical, cultural, interdisciplinary and economic perspectives
Code Title Semester Credits
MU3644 Aural 1 & 2 10

This module reviews and develops aural perception. You are trained to recognise complex intervals, rhythms, motives, textures and chord progressions in music from a range of styles.

MU4511 Related Study Level 5 1 & 2 10

Related Study is available as an option to students who meet the prerequisite. Students establish a firm technical and musical foundation in an instrument related to their principal study through the requisite study of scales, arpeggios, and selected repertoire.

MU4512 Second Study Level 5 1 & 2 20

Second Study is available as an option to students who meet the prerequisite. Students develop their technical and musical skills in a second study area, and will be guided towards their final presentation.

MU4516 Principal Study Level 6 (60 credits) 1 & 2 60

Students establish technical and musical skills through 30 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4517 Principal Study Level 6 (70 credits) 1 & 2 70

Students establish technical and musical skills through 35 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4518 Principal Study Level 6 (80 credits) 1 & 2 80

Students establish technical and musical skills through 45 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4531 Classical CD Production 1 & 2 20

Master and demonstrate the process of producing a professional standard classical CD from several perspectives: a sound engineer, a produce or an editor.

MU4532 Composition Level 5 1 & 2 20

This module explores effective scoring techniques and discusses practical considerations of performance arrangements.

MU4533 Music Therapy 1 & 2 20

This module introduces music therapy and what being a music therapist entails. Learn about the realistic aspects of the field through audio-visual resources, guest lectures and field trips.

MU4534 Orchestration & Transcription 1 & 2 20

This module covers the understanding of the ranges, transpositions, capabilities and characteristics of orchestral instruments, in a range of examples from the Classical period through to present day.

MU4535 Historical Studies 1 & 2 20

This module enables you to acquire a broad and informed knowledge of select composers, set works, musical genres and artistic ideas. It deepens your understanding of repertoire relevant to your principal study, particularly towards a performance perspective.

MU4536 Writing About Music Level 5 1 & 2 10

These practical sessions focus on the development of different styles of writing and voices; an array of strategies for communicative writing such as descriptive, interpretive, and evaluative will be examined.

MU4541 Accompaniment (Piano, Organ, Guitar, Yanqin) Level 5 1 & 2 20

Develop a range of technical and musical skills for communicating through performance as an accompanist. Skills taught include sight-reading, knowledge of pronunciation, and meaning of texts and improvisation.

MU4543 Conducting Level 5 1 & 2 20

This module offers an introduction to the art of conducting. Beginning with specific technique-based sessions, the module continues into a series of practical classes, extending your technical and intellectual facilities and covering a range of repertoire.

MU4550 Interpretation of Song Level 5 1 & 2 20

This module is designed to enable all singers to enhance their existing artistic and vocal gifts through participation in song classes, whether as performers or as active listeners. The module builds upon earlier provision encountered at Levels 4 and 5.

MU4551 Chamber Music Including Duo Performance Level 5 1 & 2 20

You will get the opportunity to perform with members of an ensemble or a duo to create a unified, well-blended and balanced performance.

MU4611 Related Study Level 6 1 & 2 10

Related Study is available as an option to students who meet the prerequisite. Students establish a firm technical and musical foundation in an instrument related to their principal study through the requisite study of scales, arpeggios, and selected repertoire.

MU4612 Second Study Level 6 1 & 2 20

Second Study is available as an option to students who meet the prerequisite. Students develop their technical and musical skills in a second study area, and guided towards their final presentation.

MU4616 Principal Study Graduation Level (60 credits) 1 & 2 60

Students establish technical and musical skills through 30 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4617 Principal Study Graduation Level (70 credits) 1 & 2 70

Students establish technical and musical skills through 35 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4618 Principal Study Graduation Level (80 credits) 1 & 2 80

Students establish technical and musical skills through 45 hours of 1-to-1 lessons with their principal study teacher.

MU4630 Schenkerian Analysis 1 & 2 20

Learn to build a critical awareness of musical structure using the analytical method developed by Heinrich Schenker. Apart from just thinking harmonically, you are also trained to think contrapuntally, enhancing your understanding of individual compositions.

MU4631 Creating Music & Sound Design for Theatre 1 & 2 20

This module provides the tools required for working as a composer/musical director/musician in theatre. It also establishes cooperative understanding in the provision of sound material for theatrical purposes.

MU4631 Composition Level 6 1 & 2 20

This module provides you with an opportunity for self-directed study on a composition of particular interest to you. The production and presentation of a substantial composition will help you foster a professional approach to the creative process.

MU4633 Music Therapy Techniques 1 & 2 20

In this experiential module, you will apply what you learned from the prerequisite module (Music Therapy) to better your understanding of music therapy training and practice, as applied to select client populations.

MU4634 Orchestration & Arrangement 1 & 2 20

In this module, you’ll recognise, and apply, a fuller range of resources in terms of arranging and instrumental technique to enable the effective and idiomatic transfer of musical material between instrumental media.

MU4635 Historical Studies 1 & 2 20

The module provides an overview of the way the nature and role of the arts, especially music, has been thought and argued about in the Western world, across two millennia.

MU4636 Professional Skills (Instrumental & Vocal Teaching) 1 & 2 20

This module aims to explore various pedagogical strategies and further develop confidence in the student’s teaching experience.

MU4637 Repertoire Project 1 & 2 10

Conduct in-depth research into a musical work of your interest. By mapping a detailed history of a musical work, you gain an understanding in the researching of musical works in general.

MU4638 Research Project 1 & 2 30

Through an independent study on a topic of interest, you are able to benefit from consultations with an assigned supervisor with academic distinction in that discipline. The research process helps build your critical and analytical skills in academic writing, and fosters your understanding of professional scholarly practice.

MU4639 Professional Skills (Outreach) 1 & 2 20

This module builds on the work undertaken in education and experiences gained, and outreach projects you have been involved in to date. The learning of theoretical and practical skills within outreach will help develop creativity and flexibility in the generation of workshop content and structures.

MU4640 International Placement (RCM, London) 1 & 2  

This module provides the opportunity to study in a foreign environment, both as a musical and personal experience. You will participate fully in the life of the college (RCM) in accordance with your Learning Agreement set up by discussion with the Module Coordinator.

MU4640B International Placement (CCM, Beijing) 1 & 2  

This module provides the opportunity to study in a foreign environment, both as a musical and personal experience. You will participate fully in the life of the college (CCM) in accordance with your Learning Agreement set up by discussion with the Module Coordinator.

MU4641 Accompaniment (Piano, Organ, Guitar, Yangqin) Level 6 1 & 2 20

Building upon the previous module in Level 5, you advance your skills in a wider range of situations and repertoire.

MU4643 Conducting Level 6 1 & 2 20

This module expands and refines the technical and intellectual capabilities in the art of conducting. Learn to read, question and prepare scores in greater depth.

MU4644 Aural in Professional Contexts 1 & 2 10

This is an advanced module in aural training, where you will be taught practical and written aural skills. Gain an understanding of transcription skills that extend into rhythmic, melodic and harmonic elements, as well as other expressive resources from a range of music styles.

MU4645 Contemporary Music 1 & 2 10

This module establishes opportunities to work with student composers. The collaborative conceptualisation of performance projects builds the confidence and skills needed as contemporary musicians and performers.

MU4647 Historical Performance 1 & 2 10

Using original playing techniques, students get the opportunity to realise 'authentic' ensemble performance on historical instruments.

MU4648 Opera, Acting & Movement 1 & 2 30

The combination of separate work in Acting, Movement, Speech, Language and Coaching classes, as well as lessons from individual Principal Study and Repertoire relating to a particular role in an operatic scene, will culminate in a live performance in an Opera Scene.

MU4650 Interpretation of Song Level 6 1 & 2 20

This module is designed to enable all singers to enhance their existing artistic and vocal gifts through regular attendance and participation in Song Classes complemented by language coaching to consolidate and enhance interpretative, vocal and artistic skills. Language Class Coaching continues to provide the linguistic basis for any subsequent performance in a Song Class.

MU4651 Chamber Music Including Duo Performance Level 6 (20 credits) 1 & 2 20

You will get the opportunity to perform with members of an ensemble or a duo to create a unified, well-blended and balanced performance.

MU4652 Chamber Music Including Duo Performance Level 6 (30 credits) 1 & 2 30

You will get the opportunity to perform with members of an ensemble or a duo to create a unified, well-blended and balanced performance.

MU4653 Workshop Leadership Level 6 1 & 2 20

This module helps you gain an understanding of the workshop process, learn how to generate material, and to develop confidence in both leading a workshop as well as being a supporting musician.

MUTECH Principal Study Technical Exam Level 6 1 & 2 -

These test a range of technical skills (scales, arpeggios, studies, sight reading or quick studies, orchestral excerpts) and are short exams which must be passed in order to pass the module overall.

Top-up degree course in collaboration with Royal College of Music

Requirements

  1. A graduate of NAFA’s Diploma in Music or for students from other musical institutions, full transcript(s) from your current university or college to demonstrate successful progression through a course of study, equivalent to two years of undergraduate musical training
  2. Performance audition of 15-20 minutes
  3. An admission interview and assessment of a range of course work
  4. Applicants should be 19 years of age or above in the year of admission of the degree course
  5. Minimum entry requirement for English language proficiency is IELTS Academic Band 5.5 or equivalent*

*Waived for NAFA applicants who have successfully completed NAFA’s Diploma in Music or Diploma in Music Teaching. Non-NAFA applicants who have successfully completed a recognised and approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English, may be given a waiver on a case-by-case basis.

Course fees indicated here apply to top-up degree courses in the academic year of 2020, with studies commencing on 27 July 2020. All annual fees are based on 120 credits per year, for all top-up degree courses and are inclusive of 7% GST.

Subsidised Singapore Citizen (with Tuition Grant) S$10,170^ per annum
Singapore Permanent Resident (with Tuition Grant) S$14,250^ per annum
International Student (without Tuition Grant) S$32,200^ per annum

^ Fees are inclusive of board and lodging for the 7-week residential study visit.

For more information on financial assistance, please refer to the links below:

Additional Compulsory Fees (Non-refundable) All students
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) # S$300 per course
Hospitalisation Insurance Fee ^# S$60 per year

^Compulsory unless the student chooses to opt-out, subject to NAFA’s Office of Student Care (OSC)’s evaluation on the medical insurance coverage
#Refundable only if international Student’s Pass application is rejected by ICA

Fees payable during application Singapore Citizens & Singapore Permanent Residents International Students
Application Fee & Admission Test/ Audition Fee for 1st choice S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees refer to any additional fees, which are collected only when the need arises.

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST, if any)
Retake Module Fee Prevailing full Course Fees divided by total credits multiplied by the number of  credits to be retaken
Travel Insurance (payable to third party)
(refundable unless payment transferred to third party)
$60 - $120
Reassessment Fee for Option or elective Module $107 + Amount charged by Partner University
Reassessment Fee for Principal Study Module $500
Estimated Course Material Fees (payable to third party)
(refundable unless payment transferred to third party)
$1,000 - $3,800 per year
Bank administrative charges for telegraphic transfer imposed by the beneficiary bank
(payable to third party) (non-refundable)
$30 - $150 per transaction
Air Fare (for compulsory International Placement at the Royal College of Music, London or Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing)
(payable to third party) (refundable unless payment transferred to third party)
$800 to $1,500
Individual Overseas Expenditures (for compulsory International Placement at the Royal College of Music, London or Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing)
(refundable unless payment transferred to third party)
$1,000 to $3,000
Late Payment Charge (non-refundable) $15 per month

For more information on payment, please refer to the links below:

NAFA adopts a mandatory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of both local and international students for One-year Full-time degree programmes, Preparatory English courses and Nafa Foundation Programme. The FPS serves to protect the student’s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the FPS protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.

NAFA has appointed Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd and Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd as our FPS insurance providers. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students’ fees will be insured by the insurer pre-assigned by NAFA. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from the respective FPS insurance provider.

More details of the FPS can also be found in the FPS Instruction Manual, available at www.ssg.gov.sg/cpe/pei.html.

Bachelor of Music (Hons) course, funded by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE), is exempted from the Fee Protection Scheme.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate

Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 15 Oct 2020 to 14 Oct 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 17 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

NAFA students taking full-time programs are covered by a medical insurance scheme that provides 24-hour annual coverage of up to S$20,000 per student for hospitalisation and medical treatments in government and restructured hospitals in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities), throughout the course duration.

Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents or non-Student’s Pass international students who are protected by their own insurance coverage in Singapore can opt-out from the scheme arranged by the academy if the preceding condition holds. Student’s Pass holders are not allowed to opt-out of the insurance scheme. Students who wish to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme must submit copy of their medical insurance policy together with their Student Contract.

Please call the Office of Student Care at 6512 6142 or email [email protected] for enquiries regarding medical insurance claims or application to opt-out from the medical insurance scheme.


Application period for AY2021/2022 intake opens 4 January 2021 and ends 31 March 2021

  1. Apply online from 4 January 2021.
  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and submit all necessary documents listed as below to the Student Admissions Office, NAFA Campus 1, for verification within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Certified true copies of academic certificates and transcripts (All Diploma transcripts and graduation certificate)
    2. For NAFA current Year 3 applicants, please provide all transcripts from Year 1 to Year 3 semester 1 and input your Year 3 semester 1 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the online application system
    3. English qualification (GCE ‘A’ level/GCE ‘O’ level/TOEFL/TOEFL iBT/IELTS Academic result)
    4. NRIC or valid Student’s Pass
    5. Passport
    6. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment pay of the Application Fee at the cashier counter in NAFA. If you choose to pay the Application Fee via online payment, you will be required to upload the above documents during application.
  3. Submit your necessary documents listed below within five working days from the date of your online application:
    1. Personal Statement
    2. Curriculum Vitae (for non-NAFA students)
    3. Recommendation letter/testimonial (for non-NAFA students)
  4. You will receive an email on the details of the audition from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  5. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your audition.

 

Upon completion of this course, you may look forward to the following career options:

  • Accompanist
  • Administrator for Music School
  • Band Director
  • Choral Director
  • Composer / Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Music Producer / Presenter
  • Music Reviewer
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Workshop Facilitator
  • Orchestra Player
  • Performer

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