NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0319010

Let's Learn To Play Ocarina!

Digital Format Available



This programme is now adapted to:

1. Allow students to view the pre-recorded programme through a Youtube link asynchronously.

2. Have instruments and music scores can be delivered to schools for more engaging programme (Optional).


Presented by Ocarina House, the workshop aims to spark an interest in picking up the ocarina and learn as a musical instrument. By the end of the 10-session workshops, students will be able to play a wide variety of songs such as local folk songs and animation movie theme songs on the Ocarina.

Students will also be introduced to Chinese music notation jianpu and basic music theory as well. Using an interactive and light-hearted approach, students will learn through demonstrations and teaching as facilitated by the instructor. The workshop would also cover the various characteristics of the music instrument.

The Ocarina is an ancient wind musical instrument. The ocarina exists in various form ranging from four to twelve finger holes. It is attached with a mouthpiece that projects from the body. The Ocarina is portable and easy to learn and it is a great alternative instrument to learn other than recorder, ukulele or guitar.

Add-on/ optional segment: Music-making with Ocarina
Schools can also opt for music-making segment where students get to write their own three/four part music and perform their masterpiece in front of their peers. Students will learn more about components of a music composition such as movements, motifs, riffs, bass lines, groove, and music form (ABBA, verse, bridge, chorus, etc.) before writing their own music. A music backing track will be given to them and they are to fill in jianpu notation with different variations and parts in a guided music sheet. Students will perform what they have written as a group in front of their peers as a form of showcase.


1. To develop an awareness towards ancient musical instrument of ocarina as well as the playing techniques.
2. To engage the students in the arts through the development of a sense of appreciation for the art form.
3. To identify and learn more about the different ocarinas in terms of the size, sound, technique, etc.
4. To learn more about Chinese music notation jianpu and basics of music theory such as rhythm, tempo and counting.
5. To play local folk songs such as Chan Mali Chan and animation movie theme songs.
6. To develop aptitude for arts performing
7. Pursue creative and expressive capacities of students


Music Rooms/ Class Rooms

Pri - Lower / Pri - Upper / Sec - Lower / Sec - Upper / JC/CI

English / Mandarin


10 Session(s)
1 hour per Session


/ Screen & Projector, Music Stands (x1), Chair (x1), Digital Format Available

- COST -

$9 per student/ per session per Hour

$9 per student/ per session (1 hr)
Cost of instruments:
$25/ porcelain Ocarina OR $14/ plastic Ocarina

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 2019-2022 until 31 December 2022.


- House of Music -

Ms Tan Wan Lin