Semester 1, Academic Year 2015/2016

Two lectures a week (BOTH to be attended):
Tuesday from 12 noon to 2 pm at LT27 and
Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm at LT27. 

Lecturer: Prof Bernard Tan, email:
Tutor: Ms Lydia Lam, email:

Class tutorials will be held at the CSD Lab 2 at Block S13, i.e. S13-04-14. 
Groups M01 to M10 will start their tutorials from week 3 beginning Monday 24 August 2015.
Group M11 to M20 will start their tutorials from week 4 beginning Monday 31 August 2015.

Tutorial Schedule:

The online registration through CORS for tutorials is on 14 to 17 August 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm for stage 1A and 18 August 2015 for stage 1B from 9 am to 5 pm.
Add/drop/swap through CORS is on 19 August 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm.
Manual registration through the Tutors is on 20 August 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm and 21 August from 9 am to 12 noon.

The CORS tutorial registration website is:

Please remember to use your matric no. & pin no. and to print out a copy of the result after the registration.

If you are not successful in registering for your tutorial slot or need to register manually after the on-line registration is over, please email Ms Lydia Lam to let her know.

The tutorial class list is here.


Tutorial set no. 1


Every student is required to submit an essay as an individual project.

The essay should be on the following topic:

Attend a musical concert or any live musical performance, which could be an SSO concert, a musical or an opera, a pop/rock concert, a jazz concert, a Chinese orchestra concert or any concert, performance or event in which the LIVE performance of music is the main focus (this excludes plays or ballet/dance performances), and say in your own words how and why you have enjoyed (or not enjoyed) the performance. You should include some comments on how and why science and/or technology may have had an effect (positive or otherwise) on your musical experience and why, but the main focus of the essay should be on your personal views of the concert performance. The essay should be written from the point of view of a member of the audience, and NOT as one of the performers.

In addition to concerts which you plan to attend, you may also write about a concert you have recently attended (within the last 3 months). This will include concerts during the months of May, June and July 2015. The concert should be a formal performance by live performers for an audience lasting at least 45 minutes. The concert may be either in an indoor or outdoor venue, and need not be a ticketed fee-paying performance.

You need not confine your essay to the content of the lectures. The essay should express your own opinions, and will be graded on content and writing ability.

The essay should have not less than 200 words or more than 800 words and should be written in English. If other languages are used in, for examples, titles of musical pieces, an English translation should be provided. The essay should consist only of text and should NOT include any photographs or illustrations. Any references or bibliography should be included in the word count.

It MUST be entirely your own and unaided work.

The essay should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file with the name:
where xxxxxxxxx is your matriculation number. Please put the number of words and your matric. number at the end of your essay but do NOT include your name.

The submission deadline is at the end of week 10 of the semester, at midnight of Saturday 24 October 2015 i.e. the midnight between Saturday 24 October and Sunday 25 October.

The IVLE workbin for the submission of the Essay project files will be open a few days before the submission deadline. Please do NOT email your essay files to me.


Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

The Centre for the Arts.

Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

The Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.


Lecture 1 in ppt format.

Lecture 2 in ppt format.

Lecture 3 in ppt format.

Lecture 4 in ppt format.

Lecture 5 in ppt format.

Lecture 6 in ppt format.

Lecture 7 in ppt format.

Musical Examples from YouTube

Performance by NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arturo Toscanini.
Performance by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Example of 3/4 time signature: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, 3rd Movement.
Performed by Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Santa.

Example of 5/4 time signature: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, 2nd Movement.
Performed by State Symphony Orchestra of Tatarstan conducted by Feodor Gluschenko.
Performed by Orchestra del Teatro alLa Scala Milan Tatarstan conducted by Yuri Temirkanov.

Example of 5/4 time signature in jazz: Take Five.
Dave Brubeck Quartet (1961).

Example of melody with several notes of the same pitch: One Note Samba by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Performed by Sharon Clark Quintet.

Example of choral piece demonstrating unison singing: Khwaja Mere Khwaja by A R Rahman.
Excerpt from movie Jodhaa Akbar.

Example of choral piece demonstrating harmonic and contrapuntal aspects of music: Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah
Performance showing musical score.
Performance by Choir of King's College Cambridge.
Performance by Kampong Kapor Methodist Church Chancel Choir.

Example of how music is built from notes of a scale:
Do Re Mi from Rodger's and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music sung by Julie Andrews.

Online Webpianos

Webpiano from a guitar teaching website.

Daniel Laberge's webpiano.

88-key realistic virtual piano.

Play piano online.

Webpiano for online piano lessons using Macromedia flash.

Webpiano which can be played using computer keyboard.

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