NAC-AEP Programme Details


Programme ID: AEP0316125

Guitar Ensemble Made Easy


The classical 'nylon-string' guitar is popular among most genres of music listened to by the youth of today. It is therefore vitally important that they have a deeper understanding of the versatility of the instrument, both as an accompanying instrument and solo finger-style instrument.

In our programme, we will also adopt the 'playing together' approach which allows students to approach our fun and accessible material through group-work.

Pedagogy Outline:

1. Basic Music Theory and Aural studies learning through a software (Auralia)

2. Basic strumming techniques to accompany oneself in songs. Computer-aided music will always be utiliised to guide the students in the early stages.

3. Guitar Percussion (Niibori Rhythm Method, NRM) to understand eurhythmics and internalising rhythms

4. Fundamental Techniques for Fingerstyle Guitar

5. 'Finding my A note' - A unique approach to understanding the fingerboard

6. Special Guitar Techniques for Guitar Ensembles

7. Creative Exercises in Rhythm & Melody using Boom-whackers.

8. Mini-Ensemble group work (Chamber Music). Short scores will be used here and students will be grouped in small groups. They will have to prepare the music independently and perform for the class.

9. Ensemble Performance as a class. This will be final goal of the programme, where students will experience the culmination of their training efforts through the weeks.

The assessment will be during the Chamber Music segment. Students will perform in small groups and will be assessed according to the stipulated rubrics.

Also, by regularly using video recordings of their rehearsals/performances during class and reviewing them, students will get immediate feedback on their learning journey.


The programme's objectives are:

- To empower each student with basic finger style guitar skills(chords, melodic invention) which will begin their journey towards further development on the instrument. Proper right/left hand posture, sitting posture, etc. will be comprehensively discussed.

- To teach the basics of music notation and the idiomatic representation of guitar music.

- To encourage a creative spark in our students, a feature which all students possess but tend to shy from in group settings.

- Music is a listening art-form. Aural skills will thus be heightened in the course of this programme, emphasis being placed on the sound produced on their individual guitars, and the music from their peers (ensemble work). Computer-aided music will be used to encourage students to expand on their present aural awareness.

- To appreciate the intrinsic importance of Rhythm in all genres of music Using guitar percussion(NRM) and boomwhackers, students will challenge themselves to further internalise rhythms and observe the vast array of percussive sounds available on the guitar!

- To experience the musical textures created by a guitar ensemble, and the range of musical expressions capable of such a musical entity.

- To emphasise the importance of teamwork and compromise while working in a group setting.

- To inculcate a mutually inclusive attitude in our students towards their peers. This can be achieved when they understand that an ensemble depends on all the musical parts working well together, and not just their own individual part. Being self-aware of their actions helps them understand the importance of social responsibility within an ensemble.

- To offer a brief overall view of how a guitar ensemble score is created through a music notation software(Sibelius)


Music Classroom

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



10 Session(s)
1.5 hours per Session


PA system / Visualizer / Projector. Simple speaker system for computer music playback/ Instructor's speaking microphone

- COST -

$6 per Hour

$1800 (based on a class of 20 students. Cost includes guitars, training material and plectrums)

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 2017-2018 until 31 December 2018.


- Guitarhympia Music -

Balraj Gopal