NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0315294

"The Carnival of the Animals" by PhilBrass


The Philharmonic Brass Quintet (PhilBrass), comprising five brass musicians of The Philharmonic Winds, will engage and entertain the audience using a narrated modern version of Camille Saint-Saëns' endearing music, "The Carnival of the Animals".

Students will be treated to a high quality music performance while learning about classical music and the various capabilities of each brass instrument.

Students will also get the opportunity to interact with the performers and participate in making music together.


Learning Objectives:

1) Identify brass instruments (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba) and recognise their sound, including the interesting use of mutes & accessories. This recognition will be done through the association with animals featured in "The Carnival of the Animals".

2) Learn the history of brass instruments and classical music, particularly around the late 19th century (romantic) period, and composers

3) Practise their understanding of concepts of rhythm, dynamics, sound effects (timbre), and following a conductor, as used in the interactive music.

Highlights of the Programme

Students can expect an engaging show that involves them at every opportunity to make the music come to live, such as roaring like a lion, gargling bubbles in an aquarium, braying like a donkey, and so on.

Selected students will also participate on stage by performing on small percussion instruments, while the rest will join into through simple "body percussion" such as clapping, snapping of fingers, and more.

At the end students should

(For all grades)
•Develop an awareness of brass instruments as a modern, versatile, and engaging delivery vehicle of classical music.

•See classical music in new light, through its reinterpretation, and the drawing of analogies to the animal kingdom.

•Learn to focus on audible cues and visual instructions in making music.

•Have a great time!


Primary school students should:
•Enjoy the making of music together through simple sound effects.

Lower secondary school students should:
•Learn basic musical keywords in order to interact with the music.

•Appreciate how music can be made effective through sound effects and rhythmic backing.

Upper secondary and Tertiary level school students should:
•Appreciate the historical significance of the music, the art form and its transcription, the composer and French classical genre.

•Learn basic musical keywords in order to interact with the music.

•Appreciate how music can be made effective through sound effects and rhythmic backing.



Pri - Lower / Pri - Upper / Sec - Lower / Sec - Upper / JC/CI / ITE / Special Education School


30 mins

PA system / Microphone / Mic (5), 1 chair


- COST -


Schools may use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise the programme cost. There is a subsidy of up to 50% of the programme cost for mainstream schools, and up to 70% of the programme cost for Special Education Schools.
The Tote Board Arts Grant is not applicable to pre-schools. NAC partners selected pre-school centres to receive funding to purchase Pre-School AEP.

The following programme is approved under NAC-AEP 2015-2016 until 31 December 2016.


- The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore) Ltd -

Ong Jiin Joo

9674 6082