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Music Programme

In the music programme, our students learn to be more observant and appreciative of the environment and be developed and stretched to their optimum potential. Music education also builds the aural abilities of a child and thus empowers her to appreciate, perform and create music, thereby enhancing the quality of life.

Music Framework P1 to P6

Framework for the teaching and learning of the General Music Programme [GMP]

  1. Listen and Respond to Music
  2. Perform Music
  3. Create Music

Objectives (Student Outcomes)

  1. Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.
  2. Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.
  3. Provide the basis to develop an informed and lifelong involvement in music.

Music in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

  1. Music lessons (Music Syllabus)
  2. Music Enrichment – IT Programmes
    • Creative Music – P2 to P5
    • Garage Band – P6
  1. Music CCA (Handbell Ensemble, Choir and Dance)
  2. Music Curriculum based on MOE Music Syllabus 2015
  3. Learning to play musical instruments - By the end of P6, students would have learnt to play 5 different instruments:
    • P1 – Simple Percussion instruments
    • P2 – Hand Chimes
    • P3 – Recorder
    • P4 – Ukulele
    • P5 – Guitar
  1. GMP contributes to the quality of students’ holistic education and plays a part in nurturing them to become informed audiences for the Arts.

Music Programme

  1. Students will complete their music syllabus using the modular system.
  2. Students will be taught the different aspects in modules and will be tested at the end of each module.
  • E.g. P4 – Term 2 – They will learn to play the ukulele. At the end of Term 2, they will be assessed to see if they have managed to master the basics of playing the ukulele using rubrics.

Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4
Singing and Rhythm
Simple Percussion
World Music
Create Music
Music Elements
Hand Chimes
World Music
Create Music
Music Elements
World Music
Create Music
Music Elements
World Music
Create Music
Music Elements
World Music
Create Music
Music Elements
Garage Band
World Music
Music Genres

Teaching Approaches and Delivery

  1. Thematic and Concept Approach
  2. Kodaly Method – Promotes musical literacy and active understanding of music through singing, folk music and music of artistic value, hand signs and music games.
  3. Dalcroze Eurhythmics – Utilizes physical movement and musical rhythms to teach and reinforce musical concepts. The approach connects music, movement, mind and body.
  4. Orff Approach – Engages children’s minds and bodies through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and use of percussion instrument.


Both Summative and Formative Assessment – Assessments are carried out through a variety of ways, such as through listening and responding activities, music presentations (performing), improvisation or composition tasks (creating), written assignments or reflection journals.

The link between the aims of the General Music Programme and the 21st Century Competencies is shown below.

Emerging 21st Century Competencies
Corresponding aims in General Music Programme
Civic Literacy, Global Awareness and Cross-cultural skills
Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures.
Provide the basis to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music
Critical and Inventive Thinking
Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music.
Communication, Collaboration and Information Skills
Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music

Special Objectives of Music Programme in CHIJ (Katong) Primary

Students are given the opportunity to learn the different instruments for a term, so that they can get the chance to discover their musical talent or interest in playing a particular musical instrument. They can further their interest by signing up for extended classes for the next level.

Students are also given special attention in singing, dancing and Hand chimes playing in P1 and P2, so that the talented students can be chosen for choir, dance and Handbell Ensemble [CCA] when they reach P3.

Activities & Events

  1. P1 and P2 Concert

  1. Ad-hoc Zonal / National competitions

  1. Music Recess Programme

  1. Music Programme