Getting a music degree can do far more than what most people would expect. Teaching and performing are of course, two of most common career paths musicians take, but they don't have to be the only options for you to consider. Having a music degree can give you invaluable experience that you may struggle to find outside of university or higher education institutions. When you're ready, let's take a look at some of the institutions in Singapore that offer a Diploma in Music.
1. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) provides a comprehensive arts and design education. It is a post-secondary education institution appropriate for Singapore's polytechnic-level students. However, you can attempt to enroll as long as you are 16 years & above of age. While you are encouraged to meet the requirement levels of the educational qualifications, NAFA will consider taking you in if you excel in Artistic Talent and Creativity even if you do not meet their needs. The audition for a Diploma in Music will require you to have :
Performance of two contrasting works of your choice
Short interview with the audition panel about your musical experiences, interests and your ambitions for future studies and career
2. LASELLE College of the Arts
Laselle is a well-known institution for pursuing arts & creative degrees. Many leaders in the Singapore arts scene are linked to LASALLE, including Alan Oei as artistic director of The Substation and Eugene Tan as director of the National Gallery Singapore. For Laselle, you are required to meet the educational qualifications and present three contrasting pieces of music in any style that will show off your technical and musical abilities most effectively. You do not need to have any previous music theory qualifications to audition, as long as you are confident in your abilities to perform during the audition.
3. Singapore Raffles Music College
Singapore Raffles Music College (SRMC) has been one of Singapore’s leading institutions for music & dance. They offer a Diploma in Music that is a one-year full-time course to prepare you with core knowledge in music, necessary for a successful career on stage or behind the scenes. However, if you are looking for something more advanced, you can consider their Advanced Diploma in Music that is a two-year full-time course.
There are 3 main categories when preparing for SRMC's audition for a Diploma in Music :
Instrumentalists: 10 – 12 minute performance, 2 pieces from contrasting periods
Singers: 10 – 12 minute performance, 3 songs
Composers: A portfolio of works, prior to an interview
4. Singapore Polytechnic
Singapore Polytechnic's Diploma in Music & Audio Technology offers a very collaborative curriculum that approaches the art of creating music by combining problem-solving methodology with improvisation. Unlike other schools, this is a 3 year programme and you will only start specialising in your chosen diploma at the end of the foundation programme in Year 1 Semester 1.
5. School of Music & the Arts (SOMA)
The School of Music & the Arts (SOMA) offer 2 different diplomas in music, Music Performance or Music Production & Engineering. SOMA music diplomas are perfect for those who have no prior experience in knowledge or experience in the music industry. However, you do have to meet their educational qualifications in order to enroll.
Zoe is an avid fan of all kinds of music. Her primary instrument is the guitar but she is always passionately learning how to play other instruments such as the drums and keyboard. She is currently playing the bass guitar in a band and has been routinely involved in music since she was a child.