Music Elective Programme (MEP)

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 and creativity. Learning experiences include music analysis, aural perception, composition and performance as well as programmes designed in partnerships with the arts and creative industries. 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

To qualify for the MEP at the secondary level, students must first meet the entry requirement of the Express course in the selected school. 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 forms.)
  • 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) conducted by the selecting school.

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 forms.)
  • OR a pass in O-Level Music
  • OR a pass in the written selection test and practical audition on an instrument conducted by the selecting 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 (from 2017) 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 a Centre 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 Entrance Scholarship for Independent Schools (EESIS) are entitled to only one award; i.e. either the MEP fee subsidy or the EESIS.

Primary 6 students 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 course that prepares students for the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination. 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 course 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 Higher Music will be allowed to use the Music grade as a Humanities subject grade for admission to 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.

MEP (IP schools)

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

  • Students enrolled in Raffles Girls' School (Secondary), Raffles Institution and Temasek Junior College will take a school-based Higher Music Examination in the fourth year and have the option to continue the two-year MEP at Year 5 and 6.
  • MEP students in Dunman High School will have the option to take the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination in the fourth year or continue to offer the two-year MEP at Year 5 and 6.
  • MEP students in both Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Catholic High School, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School, and Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) would be required to sit for the GCE O-Level Higher Music Examination at the end of their fourth year.
  • Upon successful completion of the six-year MEP, students in the IP schools will offer H2 and H3 Music as examination subjects at the GCE A-Level or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Music at Higher Level.

Students who are selected and admitted into the MEP 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.

CENTRE FOR MEP

From 2016, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS(I)) and Dunman High School (DHS) will operate as MEP Centres and extend their four-year secondary level MEP to students who are not enrolled in schools that offer the MEP or Enhanced Music Programme (EMP).

Eligibility

Only students who are not enrolled in schools that offer the MEP or the (EMP) in 2016 can apply to the MEP Centre. This is to optimise opportunities for students in schools not hosting these programmes.

Lessons will be conducted each week at one of the following Centres from Term 2 Week 1. All 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
1 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) 121 Dover Road
S 139650
Fridays, 3 – 5pm
2 Dunman High School 10 Tanjong Rhu Road
S 436895
Mondays, 3 – 5pm

 

Application

Students who are interested to apply are to approach the teacher-in-charge in their secondary school for the application forms, or download the application form here. The application form and supporting certificates (if any) have to be submitted to their teacher-in-charge by Friday 15 January 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.

All students have to take a Selection Exercise (Phase I) on 30 January 2016comprising the following:

  • Music Theory – Questions will be based on the identification of scales & key signatures, time signatures, transposition, 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 this first phase will be notified to attend a practical audition and interview. Students will be required to perform two contrasting solo pieces on an instrument (e.g. piano, rebab, erhu, and sitar) or voice, lasting no longer than 5 minutes in total.

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

Dates Events
4 – 15 Jan 2016 Application Phase
15 Jan 2016 Deadline for submission of application forms to students’ own secondary school
30 Jan 2016 Selection Exercise (Phase I)
15 – 26 Feb 2016 Selection Exercise (Phase II)
for selected applicants
4 Mar 2016 Notification of Results
From 21 Mar 2016
(Term 2, Week 1)
Commencement of programme at MEP centre

For clarification, please contact the following officer:

Ms Lau Houw Ping
(Arts Education Officer/Music)

E-mail: Lau_Houw_Ping@moe.gov.sg
Tel: 6831 9803