We offer performing arts studies, practice and appreciation programmes, ranging from short courses to certificate, diploma, bachelor degree, postgraduate diploma and masters programmes. These extend from vocal and instrumental training to music therapy and a part-time Bachelor of Music programme and a Diploma in Theatre Studies. Other courses include piano examinations (ABRSM and Trinity College of Music, London), popular and world music studies, popular music production, dance performance, lyric-writing, and many more.
This programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire advanced piano teaching skills by training them to develop their own teaching philosophies and methodologies as professional piano teachers. Topics on teaching methodologies, issues on private and group teaching, piano repertoire lists, studio policy and business will be covered. Observations on private and group studio teaching will be included in the programme.
This Postgraduate Diploma programme caters for the teachers, therapists, social workers and health-related professionals, providing them with practical experience, systematic training and environment to the interested and qualified students to fulfill one quarter of the requirements to become a registered music therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association.
On completion of the programme, students should be able to:
acquire initial skills in the use of music as a medium to stimulate positive health and educational changes in child clients;
be able to fulfil the task of a music therapist in training using basic methods; and
learn basic design and appraisal of therapeutic programme or approach within the appropriate ethical standards of practice for working with child clients.
This programme serves as a platform for students to share their musical experiences and knowledge through performing during the lessons. It provides students with an opportunity to perform in front of an audience (the whole class), and receive feedback and suggestions from the lecturer and other guest lecturers. The recital opportunity will further enhance students’ skills and musicianship, broaden their repertoire knowledge, and develop their interpretational abilities.
The programme explores representative solo keyboard repertoire from the Baroque period to the 20th century, ranging from the elementary to advanced levels (ABRSM Grade 3 to diploma level). Special attention will be given to stylistic distinction in representative keyboard works in relation to the socio-cultural context in which the music was created and performed.
The programme aims to prepare students to achieve advanced technical skills and competence as a piano performer and teacher. In addition to providing specialised training for students to improve their performance in piano playing, the curriculum also drills on students’ pedagogical knowledge and competence in piano teaching so that they can develop a range of teaching approaches when delivering piano lessons. The programme also covers research techniques and methods for students’ future pursuit of research.
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