Music Elective Programme (MEP)

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Introduction

The Music Elective Programme (MEP) provides opportunities for musically-inclined students to pursue a deeper and more comprehensive study in the subject. The MEP curriculum aims to develop students' conceptual and analytical thinking as well as creativity. Learning experiences include music analysis, aural perception, composition and performance as well as programmes designed in partnership with the arts and creative industries. Students will develop an appreciation of the cultural diversity in music in Singapore and the world.

The MEP is a four-year programme at the secondary level and a two-year programme at the junior college level. Details about the MEP can be found in the MEP brochure.

Eligibility

Secondary Programme

To qualify for the MEP at the secondary level, students must first meet the entry requirement of the Express course in the selected school.

Schools that offer the MEP:

Students should thereafter apply for the programme upon admission to the school. Applicants should have attained the following minimum qualifications:

  • EITHER a pass in Grade Three Practical and Theory or Practical Musicianship examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the equivalent standard from other examination boards. (Application must be accompanied by certified copies of music certificates or mark sheets.)
  • OR, in the absence of the qualifications stated above,
  • a pass in both the written Selection Test and practical audition on an instrument (e.g. piano, rebab, erhu, sitar) or voice conducted by the MEP school.

Schools that do not offer the MEP

Students who are not enrolled in schools that offer the MEP or Enhanced Music Programme (EMP) can apply for the programme offered by the MEP centres through their secondary schools.

All applicants for the MEP centres must go through a Selection Exercise, and should have obtained the following minimum qualifications:

  • EITHER a pass in Grade Three Practical and Theory or Practical Musicianship examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the equivalent standard from other examination boards. (Application must be accompanied by certified copies of music certificates or mark sheets.)

JC Programme

To qualify for the MEP at the junior college level, students must first meet the entry requirement of the selected Junior College. Students should thereafter apply for the programme upon admission to the school. Applicants should have attained the following minimum qualifications:

  • EITHER a pass in Grade Five Practical and Grade Six Theory or Practical Musicianship examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) or the equivalent standard from other examination boards. (Application must be accompanied by certified copies of music certificates or mark sheets.)
  • OR a pass in O-Level Music
  • OR a pass in the written Selection Test and practical audition on an instrument or voice conducted by the MEP school or junior college.

Programme Overview and Application

MEP is offered only at the following schools:

School Type Level
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)^ Independent^ Secondary,
Pre-U
Anglo-Chinese Junior College Government-aided Pre-U
Catholic High School SAP, Autonomous Secondary
CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School SAP, Autonomous Secondary
Crescent Girls’ School Autonomous Secondary
Dunman High School^ SAP, Autonomous Secondary,
Pre-U
Eunoia Junior College Government Pre-U
Methodist Girls’ School (Secondary)# Independent Secondary
Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary)# Independent Secondary
Raffles Institution# Independent* Secondary,
Pre-U
Tanjong Katong Girls’ School Autonomous Secondary
Temasek Junior College Government Secondary,
Pre-U

^ With effect from 2016, also Centres for students not enrolled in MEP or EMP schools (secondary level only).

# Students who are admitted into the MEP within an Independent School are eligible for a fee subsidy up to a cap of $2400 per student per year. This is applicable for all MEP students regardless of nationality. However, it should be noted that MEP students who also qualify for other Singapore-MOE Awards, such as the Edusave Scholarship for Independent Schools (ESIS) are entitled to only one award; i.e. either the MEP fee subsidy or the ESIS.

Primary 6 students who are interested in the MEP are advised to select Secondary schools offering the Secondary programme among the six choices of school during the Secondary One (S1) Posting Exercise each November. They are encouraged to select a school offering the MEP as their first choice.

MEP (Secondary)

The MEP at the secondary level is a four-year programme that develops students’ musical creativity and analytical thinking through a wide range of musical traditions. Students selected for the programme will take Music (MEP) in place of Design and Technology and Food and Consumer Education at the lower secondary level.

MEP students in the secondary level are expected to complete the 4-year programme and offer Higher Music as a subject for examination at the GCE O-Level. Higher Music in the GCE O-Level Examination is equivalent to a Humanities subject. Students who offer the O-Level Higher Music will be able to use their Higher Music grade in lieu of a Humanities subject to gain admission into a Junior College/Centralised Institute.

MEP (Pre-University)

At the junior college level, the MEP prepares students for the GCE A-Level H2 and H3 Music, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Music at Higher Level (ACS (Independent) only).

MEP (IP schools)

The programme structure of the MEP in the IP schools is as follows:

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), and Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
    • IP and O-Level MEP students are required to sit for the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination at the end of Year 4 / Secondary 4.
    • IP students have the option to continue the two-year MEP at Years 5 and 6 and offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Music at Higher Level at ACS(I).

  • Catholic High School and CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
    • IP and O-Level MEP students are required to sit for the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination at the end of Year 4 / Secondary 4.
    • IP students have the option to continue the two-year MEP at Years 5 and 6 and offer the GCE A-Level H2 and H3 Music Examination at Eunoia Junior College.

  • Dunman High School:
    • IP MEP students will have the option to take the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination in Year 4 OR continue to offer the two-year MEP at Years 5 and 6 and take the GCE A-Level H2 and H3 Music Examination.

  • Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Raffles Institution and Temasek Junior College
    • IP MEP students will take a school-based Higher Music Examination in Year 4 and have the option to continue the two-year MEP at Years 5 and 6 and offer the GCE A-Level H2 and H3 Music Examination..

Students who are selected and admitted into the MEP on the IP track will need to commit to the programme for 4 years (Secondary/IP) and 2 years (JC/IP). Withdrawals are subject to approval on a case-by-case basis.

CENTRES FOR MEP

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS (I)) and Dunman High School (DHS) have begun to offer the 4-year MEP to external secondary school students since 2016.

Eligibility

Students who are not enrolled in schools that offer the MEP or the (EMP) in 2018 can apply to the MEP centre. This is to optimise opportunities for students in schools not hosting these programmes.

Lessons will be conducted once a week at one of the following centres from Term 2 Week 1. The two centres take in students of both genders. Students are to work with their secondary schools to ensure that their school schedule does not conflict with the weekly MEP lessons before applying.

No Centres Address Lesson Timings for 2018
1 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 121 Dover Road
S 139650
Thursdays, 3.30 – 5.30pm
2 Dunman High School 10 Tanjong Rhu Road
S 436895
Thursdays, 3.30 – 5.30pm

 

Application to MEP Centres

Secondary 1 Express students in 2018 interested to apply to the MEP centres can refer to the information sheet and complete an online application from 2 to 15 January 2018. A printout of their online application, with their parents’ signature, would have to be submitted to their Secondary School Music Coordinator by Monday, 15 January 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Students will be notified by the end of January 2018 to attend the Selection Exercise at either ACS (I) or DHS.

Phase 1 of the selection will take place on 8 February 2018 and will comprise the following exercises:

  • Music Theory: Questions will be based on the identification of scales and key signatures, time signatures, intervals, notation, rhythm, as well as terms and signs.

  • Musical Perception: Students will listen to short musical extracts, taken from both Western and non-Western musical traditions, and complete a series of short-answer questions.

Shortlisted students from Phase 1 will proceed to Phase 2, which comprises a practical audition and interview in late February. Students will be required to perform two contrasting solo pieces on an instrument (e.g. piano, rebab, erhu, sitar) or voice, lasting no longer than 5 minutes in total. A short interview with be conducted by the interview panel thereafter.

Successful applicants will be notified by 9 March 2018, and attend lessons at one of the Centres from Term 2 Week 1. The application and selection timeline is as follows:

Dates (2018) Events
2 – 15 Jan Online Application Opens
15 Jan Deadline for submission of printout of e-application to students’ own Secondary School Music Coordinator
8 Feb (PM) Selection Exercise (Phase I) and Briefing for Student Applicants and their Parents
20 – 28 Feb (PM) Selection Exercise (Phase II)
for shortlisted applicants
By 9 Mar Notification of Results
From 19 Mar
(Term 2, Week 1)
Commencement of programme at MEP Centre

MUSIC ELECTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

Students who have successfully enrolled in the MEP at JC level and have attained good results in the GCE O-Level or school-based examinations will be considered for the Music Elective Scholarships with a value of $1000 a year. Interested students can access the online scholarship applications at: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/scholarships/moe-preu/music/

MEP Brochure for Download: https://www.moe.gov.sg/docs/default-source/document/education/programmes/elective-programmes/files/music-elective-programme.pdf

For queries on MEP, contact:

Name Telephone No. Email
Lau Houw Ping (Miss) 6831 9803 LAU_Houw_Ping@moe.gov.sg
Chong Xiu Min (Ms) 6831 9802 CHONG_Xiu_Min@moe.gov.sg
Chek Yui Hong (Ms) 6831 9783 CHEK_Yui_Hong@moe.gov.sg