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Life as a MEP student in ACJC

As an official Ministry of Education (MOE) Music Elective Programme (MEP) centre, ACJC offers Music at both Higher 2 (Syllabus 9753) and Higher 3 (syllabus 9819) levels.

Started in 1997, ACJC MEP aims to develop students’ musical creativity and critical thinking through the various domains of music such as listening, performing and music writing. During the course of study, students will discuss music-related issues and analyse music as well as engage in creative musical collaborations such as group improvisation and instrumental ensemble.

Beyond classroom learning, the students are exposed to a wide-range of enrichment activities including lectures, masterclasses and workshops with local and international professors and practitioners. The programme offers many platforms for musical expression, ranging from regular in-house recitals to public performances. Outstanding students in the field of performance have opportunities to be featured as a concerto-soloist while aspiring young composers may have their original works premiered at concerts.

One unique ACJC MEP-xperience is our annual recital @rtikulation, where present and past students of the programme come together to present an evening of solo and chamber music. Through this musical interaction, the students are able to relate and gain valuable musical insights from their peers and seniors.

In ACJC MEP, we firmly believe in encouraging and motivating our students in their pursuit of excellence in the field of music. As such, MEP students who have shown great potential and achievement in the different domains of the studies are eligible for various scholarships and awards at JC1 and JC2.

ACJC Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to the overall top JC1 and JC2 students at the JC1 Term Examination and JC1 Promotional examination respectively. It also recognises and rewards students who have contributed significantly to musical activities in the College.

ACJC Young Composer Award

This award is accorded to a JC2 student who demonstrates great potential and creativity in the area of music composition.

ACJC Young Performer Award

This award is given to a JC2 student who is the top scorer at the J1 Promotional Examination for Music Performance and has actively contributed to performing arts in the College.

Over the years, the programme has groomed many students to continue in their pursuit of music in both local and overseas conservatories and universities such as:

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore/USA)

Berklee School of Music (USA)

Cleveland School of Music (USA)

Manhattan School of Music (USA)

Royal Schools of Music (UK)
King’s College London (UK)

University of Birmingham (UK)

University of Nottingham (UK)

University of Royal Holloway (UK)

MusikAkademie Der Stadt Basel (Switzerland). 

Many of our alumni have been awarded scholarships and bursaries in their respective universities. Some of them have done Singapore proud by taking top awards at International competitions such as the American Guild of Organists (AGO) ‘Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists’.


JC1 students admitted into any one of the MEP centres are eligible for the Music Elective Scholarships (MES), offered by the Ministry of Education to encourage academically able and musically talented students to pursue the rigorous music programme at H2 and H3 Level under the Music Elective Programme. Subjected to the short-listingand interview process by MOE, the scholarship is tenable for 2 years and renewal is subjected to the recipient’s satisfactory performance at the end of the first year of the JC course. More information about the MES can be found online at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/scholarships/moe-preu/music.

More information about the Music Elective Programme can be found online at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/other/music-elective-programme/