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The school’s music programme helps develop students’ musical knowledge as well as an understanding and appreciation of music in a manner both meaningful and relevant to students.

Through music learning, students also develop extra-musical skills and 21st century competencies, such as critical thinking, psychomotor skills, social awareness, and moral and cultural values, all of which contribute to their holistic development.

The aims of the NBSS Music Programme are as follows: 

  • Develop awareness and appreciation of music in local and global cultures
  • Develop ability for creative expression and communication through music
  •  Provide the basis to develop an informed and life-long involvement in music

Programme Outline




Module Outcomes



Basic Musicianship I

  • Read and write basic music notation
  • Recognise array of musical genres and instrument timbres
  • Build aural awareness and ability to listen critically


Keyboard Studies

  • Read leadsheet
  • Develop aural skills such as playing by ear
  • Harmonise a given melody

3 & 4

Pop & Rock Music Analysis

  • Identify musical structure, melodic structure and instrument entry
  • Recognise and describe music technology effects



Basic Musicianship II

  • Read and write more complex music notation
  • Expand vocabulary of musical genres and instrument timbres
  • Build aural awareness and ability to listen critically


Ukulele Studies

  • Read ukulele chord chart
  • Play a variety of strumming patterns and styles

3 & 4

Music Arrangement & Recording using GarageBand

  • Play virtual instruments in time with the metronome
  • Carry out basic arranging, mixing and recording


At upper secondary level, students who are keen to further their music studies may offer Music as a GCE Ordinary- or Normal (Technical)-level subject, provided they meet the basic requirements of the respective courses. The respective music syllabuses may be found at the following links:
O-level Music Syllabus
N(T)-level Music Syllabus


Beyond the formal curriculum, students with a keen interest in and who would like to learn the skills to write and produce electronic music may participate the Music Recording and Production Programme (MRPP). Open to all Secondary 3 students, the one-year programme commences in Term 3 of their Secondary 3 year and ends at the end of Term 2 in their Secondary 4 year. The programme consists of 2 modules essential for composition/arrangement and sequencing music on a digital audio workstation (DAW). The programme outline is given below. 

Module 1

  • Basic music concepts & skills
  • Basic DAW operations – MIDI
  • Creating drum tracks
  • Arranging chord progressions & voicings on the piano roll
  • Understanding & applying effects
  • Mixing

Module 2

  • Understanding harmony & chord progressions
  • Basic DAW operations - audio
  • Creating more complex drumbeats and basslines
  • Songwriting
  • Mixing II

Students will be given a project to complete by the end of each module. Lessons are held once a week from 2.30 to 4.00 pm.