Here at Evergreen we provide General Music Programme classes for both Sec 1 and Sec 2 classes and across all streams.
"[The General Music Programme] is a key platform upon which every child is provided a basic music education, giving them opportunities to develop a connection to music. This contributes to the future development and preservation of Singapore’s cultural heritage. Music, being an integral part of many cultures, also provides a means to raise global awareness amongst students. The processes involved in music performing and creating develop skills such as listening skills, fine motor skills, creative thinking skills and social skills. Music enables students to express their thoughts and ideas."
-Taken from MOE GMP Syllabus 2015
Music Coordinator (2013 - )
Mr Samuel Soong
Secondary 1 EXP and N(A)
Term 1 (WK 1 - 10): Learning how to analyze pop songs!
This term we were able to learn various musical concepts like strong beats, stressed words and chords!
We played games and participated in activities that helped us understand these concepts.
At the end of the term, we were given an aural test to assess what we've learn! Our score will count as our marks for CA1!
Term 2 (WK 1 - 6): Cover Performance using iPads.
Putting into practice the concepts we learnt in Term 1, we grouped into groups of 4 - 5 and, using a bunch of cool stuff like iPads and belkin 6-way connectors, we came together to create our very own versions of our favorite pop songs!
It was scary performing for our teachers and friends, but at the end of the day we got our very own videos and a chance to perform our own hard work, so that's nice!
Term 3 (WK 1 - 10): Song Writing.
After having a taste of performing pop songs using chords and iPads, it was time to create our very own songs!
We were allowed to go solo, gather in pairs, or group into groups of three, although that was not advised because, in three or more, chances were that someone would not get their ideas heard.
Anyway, using great software like iPad's Garage Band and MOE's Musically Singaporean, we were taught how to write nice lyrics, how to choose nice sets of chords, how to write a simple melody, and last but not least given a chance to write our VERY OWN SONG! We could choose any topic as long as it did not warrant a trip to the school counselor (or the Discipline master). What an experience it was, to be able to write our own song!
Term 4 (WK 1 - 3): Performing our very own Pop Songs!
After writing finish our songs, we had to perform it! Fortunately, rather than being forced to perform in front of our friends in class, we were given the option of recording our performance in our very own EVG recording studio after school! This option allowed us to work with slightly calmer nerves!
After all of us had recorded, our recordings were placed into various class CD albums entitled [insert class name]'s Greatest Hits 20__!
Secondary 1/2 N(T)
Term 1 (WK 1 - 10): Gamelan Ensemble
This term we had the wonderful opportunity of learning how to play in a Gamelan Ensemble as a class!
We would first learn the names of the different instruments, their roles in the music pieces, and how each one is played differently!
We learnt what a melody is and its role in the piece, the importance of playing together, the importance of performing etiquette like keeping quiet before the performance starts and keeping quiet after the performance ends, and how to read the numerical system for notating Gamelan pieces used in our school!
At the end of the term we were assessed as a class based on our performances of three pieces!
Term 2 (WK 1 - 6): Ukelele Ensemble (with Percussions)
This term we had the wonderful opportunity of learning how to play in a Ukelele Ensemble as a class!
We would first learn the chords we were going to use, how to play them, the names of the different percussion instruments and how they are played differently!
We were assessed based on a performance we put together for a pop song cover of our choosing!
Term 3 (WK 1 - 10): Keyboard Ensemble (with Percussions)
This term we had the wonderful opportunity of learning how to play as a Keyboard Ensemble!
We would learn the different parts of a song (i.e. melody, harmony and bass) and learn how to play them on the keyboards provided!
We were assessed based on three pop songs we performed together!
Term 4 (WK 1 - 3): 'Garage' Band (with Percussions)
This term, being our final term, we just let loose! Being able to choose from a myriad of instruments like boomwhackers, Angklungs, handbells, tambourines, cajons, egg shakers and ukeleles, we had fun coming together to play pop song covers, GARAGE BAND-esque style!
Term 1 (WK 1 - 10): Writing our very OWN Musicals!
Tapping on what we have learnt from last year, we will be embarking on a journey to write our very own MUSICAL!
For this term, we got into big groups of 13-14 and brainstormed long and hard to come out with our very own scripts! We learnt how to use our imagination to craft our own setting, our own plot and our own characters!
We also learnt how to put together a meaningful story with flawed characters that audiences can identify with!
Finally, we learnt how to put our interesting and meaningful narratives into playwright formats complete with different scenes and stage directions! We can't wait to add our own original songs next term!
Term 2 (WK 1 - 6): Finishing our script for our Musicals!
Now that we have finished writing the lines, stage directions and narrative of our musical, its time to add in our own songs!
For this term, we will be writing our own original songs meant for certain places in the musical where a song might be most appropriate. For example, a scene where the knight finally defeats the dragon and the people rejoice with a song at the tavern!!
We will be using iPad's Garage Band app as well as MOE AEB's Musically Singaporean app to help us craft our own original songs!
Term 3 (WK 1 - 10): Practicing for our Musicals!
Now that the writing of our own original Musicals are complete, we will move to the final stage: Practicing our Musical!
Memorizing our lines and lyrics, practicing our songs together with the iPad, creating our props and costumes, advertising for people to come and watch our show, it's going to be a nerve-racking and arduous journey, but we are so looking forward to our end result in Term 4!
For many of us, this would be the first time writing, arranging and putting together our own music and drama production! We really hope it'll turn out well! Keeping our finger's crossed!
Term 4 (WK 1 - 3): Performing our own Musicals!
Finally, the time has come!
Reaping all the months of hard work and tireless preparation, we will now present to you our VERY OWN MUSICAL!
Dim the lights, draw the curtains, the show's about to begin!