My Little Beethoven

How to embark your kid on a musical journey.

words lau qian yu
illustration yeo hoe hiong

Perhaps you might remember learning to play a recorder in school. The small, beige windpipe instrument made the most obnoxious sound when played recklessly. Yet, it was these music lessons, which saw many kids finally letting their hair down, away from other rigorous academics.

Today, some primary schools have gone on to teaching the basics of other musical instruments, from handbells to ocarina to angklung, an Indonesian musical instrument made of bamboo. In recent years, Singapore saw an increase in expenditure for the music and arts program, and the establishment of a new arts school, known as School of the Arts. Many are beginning to recognize the important role music play in providing a holistic education.

Music Education

“Music is a means of expression, a language, a form of communication, which the musician uses to express not just his or her feelings but the philosophy, character, history, etc.,” conductor Darrell Ang reveals. While learning a musical instrument might seem frivolous in an academic driven society, its benefits abound. As Plato once state, “[Music] gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

We speak to the experts in the May – July’15 issue.