UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Tan, Penny Peng Leng
Thesis (M.A.) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Ho, Hwee Long
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The symphonic band scene in Singapore has seen systematic growth over a period of 32 years. This positive development is the result of concerted effort by groups concerned with the role of the band in music education. This study aims to chart the history of Singapore bands, focusing mainly on the period 1965 -- 1997, looking at the various categories in the band movement, band teachers' education and contributions, repertoire development, band competitions and band festivals. Chapter One examines the meaning of the wind band, its development and also a brief description of the band movement from pre-World War II to 1965. Chapters Two to Six cover training programmes and the historical background of the various bands in Singapore as well as their functions. The evolution of wind band repertoire is discussed in Chapter Seven. Chapter Eight traces the changes in the style and format of band competitions as well as band festivals. Assessment and recommendations are proposed in the last chapter of this study. In essence, this is a initial chronicle study of the band movement in Singapore. It is hoped that this will inspire others to conduct or further research in related areas.

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