Life-Long Learning Programme
The Saint Patrick’s School Life-long Learning Programme (LLP) in Music aims to enable students to have exposure and engagement to music both, as a subject and a passion. This involves appreciation of the different genres of music, engagement in various musical instruments and collaborative performances of different music genres, which in turn imbue values, and builds character in students through the differentiated programmes.
Sec 1 Music Enrichment Programme
All Secondary One students undergo a Music Enrichment Programme during their Orientation week at the beginning of the year. They would be exposed to music from the Aesthetics Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) namely the Military Band and Guitar Ensemble. This programme, anchored by students, provides an opportunity for the secondary one students to be exposed to music performances by the two different aesthetics CCAs. They would then experiment and try out the various instruments provided through instrument hands-on stations.
Combo band with Performance Platforms
The Combo Band After School Programme is an initiative that involves students who have genuine interest and passion for performing in a POP and Rock Band setting. Through weekly guided jamming sessions by teachers in the Aesthetics Committee, these students are given the space and time at the school’s recording studio to practice and master their instrumental techniques in a group setting. These students would learn musical concepts such as band dynamics and music cover arrangements which require them to apply values such as passion to explore musical ideas; empathy to understand their band members; respect for whoever leads the band and contribute to the musical arrangement discussion; and discipline to self-practice and master instrumental techniques in order to prepare of their individual parts before each jamming session.
These students would then get to perform at various major school events such as Teachers’ Day, National Day and Assembly Programmes in front of the entire school population at the school hall. There are also other smaller platforms such as Mini Lunchtime performances at the school foyer. These performances allow students to gain confidence and instil pride when they showcase their work and musical ability.
Global Percussion Programme
In line with the music curriculum, secondary one students would undergo a Keyboard Music Curriculum in the first semester and a Global Percussion Workshop in their second semester. The Global Percussion Workshop exposes them to the concept of a Drum Circle where they would be taught different forms of rhythms and are exposed to various percussive instruments including Latin instruments such as the Congas and Djembe. At the end of the workshop, the students are required to engage in collaborative work in order to create a performance using the concepts taught.
As a continuation from their secondary one music curriculum, secondary two students undergo a Ukulele Workshop in the first semester followed by an iPad Music Arrangement Music Curriculum in their second semester. The students are taught the basics of how to play the ukulele, after which they would be engaged in group collaboration and mini performances. Using their new found skills, students are strongly encouraged to create music covers of POP repertoire and songs indicated in the Indicative Repertoire list based from the Music General Music Programme (GMP) syllabus at the end of the workshop.