Choosing the right music and performing arts institute is never an easy choice. Some have preferences of classroom environments, whereas some look for a course with more practical assignments. Here is a list of schools for music and performing arts in Singapore to choose from.
1. Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM)
The Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM), is an autonomous school of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It is the first conservatory in Singapore that offers full-time major studies leading to a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree and the Master of Music degree. The school has 220 students and full scholarship is offered to all students.
Founded in 2003, the YSTCM has quickly established a reputation as the most exciting international conservatory in Asia and one of the most distinctive in the world. With its focus on nurturing excellence and identity, YSTCM is primarily an undergraduate institution, offering full financial support (fees, accommodation, stipend) for all of its 220 BMus students thanks to the support of the Yong Loo Lin Trust and other donors. Additionally, there are boutique programmes at Masters level, for Continuing Professional Education and for Singapore’s most talented teenagers (the Young Artist Programme). NUS students are also able to access most class activities as elective components of their degree.
Contact details: 3 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117376
2. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) offers comprehensive arts and design education appropriate of Singapore's polytechnic-level for students who had successfully completed their secondary school education. Apart from the regular academic requirements, entry into the school also requires students to fulfil their artistic and design potential aspect through a portfolio submission, admission test or audition.
NAFA opened its doors in 1938 with 14 students in Fine Art to embark on a bold artistic journey challenging convention and embracing change. Today, it is regarded as the premier, full-fledged arts institution in Singapore and the region, producing a long list of outstanding artists, designers, performing arts professionals and illustrious alumni. Over the years, NAFA has earned an international reputation for its high-quality curricula, innovative teaching, artistic creations and community outreach.
Contact details: 80 Bencoolen St, Singapore 189655
3. LASALLE College of the arts
LASALLE College of the Arts offers more than 30 diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in fine arts, design communication, interior design, product design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, art pedagogy and practice, art therapy, Asian art histories, and creative writing.
Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly, internationally.
Contact details: 1 McNally St, Singapore 187940
4. School Of The Arts (SOTA)
The School Of The Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with six-year integrated art and academic curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or career-related programme for youths aged 13 -18 years old.
Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), SOTA offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential can best be realised. The teaching approach is future-oriented with a curriculum that engages students both academically and artistically. It provides a conducive environment that celebrates experimentation, expression and discovery.
Contact details: 1 Zubir Said Drive, Singapore 227968
5. School of Music and the Arts (SOMA)
School of Music and the Arts (SOMA) is a premier music institution, focusing on contemporary music performance and career skills in Songwriting, Audio Engineering and Music Production. Established in 2004, it is registered with the Council for Private Education (CPE) in Singapore.
More than a music school, SOMA redefines music education in Singapore by reinventing teaching approaches, redeveloping existing curriculum to remain relevant to today’s industry demands, and encouraging creativity and innovation in students, with the goal of producing future leaders in the arts community. Facilities like a recording studio, classrooms and computer labs are fitted with top-notch recording equipment, instruments and amplifiers, along with the latest software used in today’s music industry. These facilities are open to all students for project work and assignments, practice time, rehearsals or simply jamming together.
Contact details: 06-25 Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
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