NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0318022

Chop, Tap and Swing it, Strings! – The Y Quartet (String Quartet)


The Y Quartet challenges the traditional image of the classical string quartet with performances of modern pop, improvisational jazz and folk tunes. Through a fun and light-hearted presentation of famous songs across a variety of genres, The Y Quartet aims to kindle the enthusiasm for making music in the young, and broaden the sonic landscape for the experienced.

- Introduction to the traditional string quartet - violin, viola and cello or double bass 
- Explanation of the roles of each instrument and how they work in a group
- Demonstration of the different playing techniques of the instruments including modern techniques (tapping, choking, sliding, strumming and plucking) 

This programme is conducted by either Mr. Kailin Yong (Vienna Academy of Music) or Mr. Felix Phang (Berklee College of Music), both of whom are violinists and very active in the contemporary music scene.


To educate and encourage an appreciation of a traditional string quartet playing in a non-traditional manner. 

To stimulate creativity in students by taking the string quartet ‘out of the (classical) box’. 

To demonstrate different ways of playing string instruments (tapping, choking, sliding, strumming and plucking). 

At the end of the programme, students (should)

- have an awareness and appreciation of string quartet music
- have enjoyed the unique performance from the quartet 
- be exposed to alternative ways of approaching string instruments 
- possibly develop an interest in learning a musical instrument 

- develop an appreciation of the arts to seed engagement in the arts 
- be able to appreciate string quartet music and also going beyond the traditional boundaries 
- have more tools and ideas with which to pursue creative and expressive capacities 
- think out of the box when approaching instruments 
- have enjoyed the unique performance


Music Room, Theatre, or Hall

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


45 minutes


1 instructor, 3 other musicians/performers

- 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 2019-2021 until 31 December 2021.


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