Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting

Introduction

The Specialist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting course aims to provide professional development opportunities to conductors working with orchestras, symphonic wind bands, or other instrumental ensembles in various professional contexts.

This course will develop and enhance conducting techniques, broaden repertoire knowledge, and refine the interpretational abilities of musicians working with orchestras or other instrumental ensembles.

The Specialist Diploma consists of two certificates: Certificate in Orchestral Studies (120 hours), and Certificate in Orchestral Leadership (120 hours). Each certificate consists of four modules:

  • Principles of Conducting
  • Orchestral Repertoire and Analysis
  • Score Reading and Musicianship Skills
  • Instrumentation of the Orchestra
The curriculum is practice-led and industry-focused, where 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate artistic expression in conducting through technical competence and stylistic understanding
  • Integrate musical ideas to communicate the creative aspects of music making
  • Curate opportunities for group performance through regular ensemble experiences

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$4000
Certificate in Orchestral Leadership S$4000

Other Fees

This fee is payable during application

  Singapore Citizens & PR International Students
Application Fee S$70 S$100

Miscellaneous Fees

Purpose of Fee Amount (with GST)
Administrative Fee (including Student Card & Library Membership) S$100
Hospitalisation Insurance fee S$60

The fees stated above 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 Office of Student Affairs. The effective date of withdrawal or deferment is determined by the Office of Student Affairs 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.


Application period for AY2019/2020 intake opens 2 January and ends 31 March 2019.

  1. Apply online from 2 January 2019.
  2. Print out the Application Acknowledgement and submit all necessary documents as listed 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 from relevant Diploma or Degree from recognised institution in Music, or equivalent qualifications.
      Individuals with 3 years of relevant working experience in the music industry but possessed other diploma or degree qualifications shall be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    2. English qualification (minimum Grade D7 at GCE ‘O’ Level/TOEFL 400/TOEFL iBT 40/IELTS Academic Band 4, or SAT score of 450 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing component), other equivalent qualifications)
    3. NRIC for Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and a valid pass for international applicants to stay in Singapore
    4. Curriculum Vitae
    5. After verification of documents, proceed to make payment 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 document during application.
  3. You will receive a test advisory on the details of the audition from the Student Admissions Office upon verification of the submitted documents and payment of the Application Fee.
  4. You will need to attend the audition at NAFA with the required materials as indicated on the test advisory.
  5. You will receive a letter via post on the outcome of your application within 4-6 weeks following your audition.
The Academy reserves the right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structure without prior notice.

 

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