Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) is a Music Elective Programme centre and has a thriving arts culture where students enjoy a music-enriched learning environment.

The department runs four core programmes:

1. Music Elective Programme (Year 1-4 Express & IP, GCE ‘O’ Level Music with Higher Music)

2. International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Higher Level (HL) Music (Year 5-6)

3. General Music Programme (Year 1-2, compulsory curriculum component)

4. Music Elective Programme Centre (for external Sec 1-4 students. Entry into this programme is strictly in Sec 1 only)

The MEP provides students with the opportunity to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants. The school holds an annual concert ‘ACSpressivo’ where MEP students from both the ‘O’ Level Music and International Baccalaureate programme put up solo and ensemble performances.

In addition, students benefit from learning about music in a stimulating and engaging manner through a range of activities. Students are able to hone their performance and composition skills during masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians and composers. Different forms of ethnic music are introduced to students via workshops conducted by music practitioners.



Name Description Ext. Email
Mrs Chen Yi Fang MEP / IBDP / Dean of Music 536
Mr Benjamin Yeo MEP / IBDP / Arts Education Programme Coordinator 405
Mrs Arlene Chan MEP / IBDP 517
Ms Denise Tan MEP / IBDP 611
Ms Grace Ng General Music 669

General Music Programme (GMP)

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The ACS (Independent) Music department is proud to have launched a new GMP curriculum in 2015. This new curriculum has a broader scope and aims to cultivate students’ love for music while furthering their musical knowledge and aptitude.

Under the new curriculum, Year 1-2 students will learn a wide variety of music from pop to classical and to ethnic music from different parts of the world. They will also learn at least one instrument (keyboards, voice, guitar, and/or drums) over the course of the 2-year programme.

To facilitate their musical learning journey, students will have the guidebook Joy of Music: A Secondary General Music Programme Book 1by Eric Peter Stead and Eugene Dairianathan (2008), both of whom are prominent professors in music academia and currently part of the music faculty at the National Institute Singapore. The back cover description gives an overview of the aims and contents of the book:

“The dominant theme in the Joy of Music series focuses on how music is a part of our lives. In Book 1, this takes us through an extensive range of human events and experiences, from weddings, jingles and the ethnic music of the main local groups, to regionally significant genres of Central and North America.

This musical brew in Joy of Music offers students tantalising glimpses into the varied genres of our one global language — music. Through this series, students will realise that there are aspects related to music in almost every form of human activity. This awareness is important in opening up the mind-sets of students, whether musically trained or not, to embrace the collective human cultural encounters with musical arrangements”

Running in tandem with the General Music Programme is the Arts Education Programme (AEP), which allows students to experience music live via public concerts (e.g. classical music concert at Esplanade) and in-school performances by various established, external performance arts group.

Music Elective Programme


About the Music Elective Programme (MEP)

The MEP is a special programme offered by the Ministry of Education for academically able students with an aptitude for music to pursue a deeper and more comprehensive study in music. MEP students are immersed in a musically enriched and vibrant learning environment, where they can benefit from extensive music-making opportunities and rich interactions with other like-minded peers in the programme.

The programme aims to nurture


Champions of the arts with the passion to drive their vision for music and the arts in Singapore


Well-informed musicians with a deep knowledge of music and its role in the society; passionate about learning and appreciative of music and other art forms


Skilful, expressive, and sensitive musicians with artistic integrity who will continually hone their craft and share the joy of music with others


Active participants and passionate contributors to music and the arts in the community


     -Programme Highlights

1) MEP Camp
This brings together all Secondary 3 MEP students through fun-filled programmes exploring a wide range of music.

2) Performance Opportunities
In MEP, there are plenty of opportunities to perform solo and ensemble repertoire not just in the classroom but also in formal concert settings. Two major platforms are MOE’s biennial concert for all MEP students across Singapore and ACS (Independent)’s very own yearly MEP concert for our Year 1-6 MEP students.

3) Workshops, Masterclasses and Excursions.
MEP students will have a chance to learn more about aspects of music in a stimulating and engaging manner at various workshops and masterclasses conducted by locally and even internationally renowned musicians. Students will also have excursions with each MEP class attending 3-4 concerts a year.

4) Fee Subsidy for Students in ACS (Independent)
Students who are admitted into MEP 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 subsidy or the EESIS.

     -Syllabus & Assessment

All MEP students (express and IP) are required to take Higher Music (Syllabus 6086) for the GCE O Level Examinations. The components along with their assessment, weightage, and a brief description are given below.

Music Studies Written Examination (2h) (50%) This paper tests candidates’ aural perception skills and their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Western genres1 and world music traditions2, prepared source materials3 and prepared set work4 through recorded extracts.1 Western music genres include Art Song, Opera, Keyboard Music, Chamber Music, Orchestral Music and Musicals2 Asian music traditions include Music of Traditional Malay Dances, Chinese Ensemble Music, Indian Ensemble Music, Gamelan3 The prepared source materials for 2015 are on Gamelan Gong Kebyar:• Reading:
Gold, Lisa (2005). Music in Bali: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, pp 56–59 and pp 136–140. New York: Oxford University Press.• Recording:
Track 11 ‘Jaya Semara’ of the CD accompanying Gold, Lisa (2005). Music in Bali: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture. New York: Oxford University Press.4 The prepared set work for 2015 is Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 ‘Unfinished’ (1st movement)
Performance EITHER Solo Performance (major) [10 to 15 minutes] (30%)OR Solo Performance (minor) [5 to 10 minutes] (20%) This component tests candidates’ technical competence and interpretative understanding through a performance of their own choice of music. All candidates are required to perform 2 contrasting pieces, while Performance Major candidates are required to perform a 3rd piece on a second instrument or ensemble on 1st or 2nd instrument.
Music Writing EITHER Minor [Coursework] (20%)OR Major [Coursework and written examination] (30%) This component tests candidates’ ability to create music through the setting of one of three given short poems for solo voice with accompaniment (which may be for a single harmonic instrument e.g. piano, guitar or for a small ensemble of not more than four instruments).In addition to word-setting, candidates for Music Writing Major will also be tested on their ability to create a passage of two-part tonal music in baroque style through a written examination.

Download the full syllabus for Music here.

GCE O Level Higher Music Syllabus & Assessment

ACS (Independent) MEP students are required to take Higher Music, which comprises an additional study in Performing.

This component tests candidates’ interpretative and musical understanding through a performance of their own choice of music and submission of a report.

  • The performance must consist of 2 contrasting pieces, with performing time between 8 to 12 minutes.
  • The Performing Notes is a 300 to 400-word report whereby students reflect on the preparation of the repertoire.

Download the full syllabus for Higher Music here.

     -Entry Requirements

To qualify for the MEP at Year 1, students must first meet the following requirements:

1.PSLE score of 230 and above

2.EITHER A pass in Grade 3 Practical and Grade 3 Theory of the ABRSM or the equivalent standard from other examination boards e.g. Trinity College, London College of Music

OR In the absence of the qualifications stated above, a pass in both the written selection test and    practical audition on an instrument (piano, violin, voice etc.) conducted by the school.


IB Music Programme


About IBDP Higher Level (HL) Music

The Diploma Programme music course provides an appropriate foundation for further study in music at university level or in music career pathways. It also provides an enriching and valuable course of study for students who may pursue other careers. This course also provides all students with the opportunity to engage in the world of music as lifelong participants.
The course includes both internal and external assessments and the components that music students are required to study include musical analysis and perception, performance and composition (more details can be found under the syllabus outline).

Through these components, the course aims for students to

Develop knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively

Enjoy lifelong engagement with the arts/music

Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts/music

Understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts/music

Explore and value the diversity of the arts/music across time, place and cultures

Express ideas with confidence and competence

Develop perceptual and analytical skills

It should be noted that at ACS (Independent), the IBDP HL Music course falls under the Ministry of Education’s Music Elective Programme (MEP). Read more about MEP here.

MEP Centre (for external students)




Special Events

ACS (Independent) MEP Day

Acspressivo (Annual MEP concert)


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