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Ordinary-Level Music

The O-Level Music course engages students with direct and integrated experiences in the areas of Listening, Creating and Performing, whilst providing opportunities for musical growth and for them to follow their musical inclinations. As part of the course, they will explore a wide range of genres and styles of music, as well as music-making individually and in ensembles. This lays the foundation for further study in music while endeavouring to foster a lifelong interest in music of all kinds.

The new O-Level Music syllabus to be implemented from 2019 will test students on the following five Areas of Study which provide the musical contexts for students to draw connections and links to music they listen to, perform and create.


Area of Study

Genre / Tradition

Western Classical

Solo Instrumental Music

Chamber Music


Asian Music

Music of Traditional Malay Dances

Chinese Ensemble Music

Indian Ensemble Music

Javanese Gamelan






Popular Music

Late 1960s Pop-Rock



Music in Multimedia

Music in Film, Television and Advertising


Detailed information about the syllabus to be implemented from 2019 is yet to be made available. For information on the current syllabus, visit the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board at https://tinyurl.com/OLevelMusic2018. 

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