Tanglin Trust School has launched the Centenary Music Scholarship, offering exciting opportunities to students entering Senior School’s music elective programme. ROB HALL, Tanglin’s Director of Music, tells us more about a music education at the school.
“At Tanglin, we believe in the importance of a holistic education, and the new music scholarship is an example of students demonstrating excellence outside of the classroom,” says Rob.
Launched in September 2023, the scholarship will offer students entering Tanglin Trust chool a combination of financial support along with an enhanced musical elective programme. It follows the unveiling of Tanglin’s new Centenary Building at the start of the year. The impressive 11-storey learning space is home to the new Music School. Located over two floors, it’s a central hub for the whole school where students can participate in individual and group lessons, ensembles and performances.
Among the highlights are two beautifully designed performance rooms – one sits up to 100 persons for a symphony orchestra, symphonic chorus or wind band; the other fits 70 for solo or recital performances. Both are crafted from beautiful materials and are, according to Rob, “acoustically perfect”.
“These two new spaces demonstrate that Tanglin takes music very seriously and they reflect our longterm aim to be recognised as the best school for music in Singapore and the wider region.”
The impressive facilities are meant to inspire students to perform and achieve, and the scholarship embodies this.
What’s on offer at Tanglin Trust School
According to Rob, students accepted into the scholarship must demonstrate a genuine passion for music, outstanding musical proficiency, the desire to develop their talents and a commitment to regular performance.
“Scholars will gain exposure to a wide musical curriculum, including leading and directing junior ensembles, and extensive participation in masterclasses, ensembles and solo performances.”
Rob also lists several key qualities the scholar must have, “Firstly, they need to show perseverance in practice and dedication to the instrument. Performing to a high standard also requires confidence and leadership, while playing in an ensemble or orchestra demonstrates teamwork. In addition, we expect our scholars to set an aspirational example in their pursuit of excellence in promoting music and inspiring fellow students to participate in and enjoy music.”
Tanglin is currently accepting applications for music education in the 2024 Centenary Music Scholarship Programme. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Hear from a music elective programme student…
I was introduced to the trumpet after taking part in Tanglin’s Junior Wind and Brass programme. I’ve been playing trumpet for eight years now. Before this, I played the piano. I continue to take piano lessons from Tanglin’s tutors. This means that I’ve been able to progress my abilities to understand and perform more difficult music.
Recently, I also began playing bass guitar in the Rock Band CCA. This has exposed me to new genres of music. I’ve been fortunate to perform in many concerts and gigs, both in school and around Singapore.
My favourite part about music at Tanglin is how students are exposed to a wide range of music genres. For example, the World Music Society teaches Tanglin Trust School students about music in other cultures. It also allows us to play instruments we may never have seen before.
I’ve been inspired by the music education and musical experiences at Tanglin to go on to study Music at university next year.
– Oisian O, Year 13
This article on music elective programme at Tanglin Trust School first appeared in the December 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!