Course Outline

The Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching aims to equip experienced music educators with the skills set to facilitate the Hitmaker Accelerated Foundation Programme in a holistic and authentic manner. This is an intense programme to align the learners with Hitmaker’s teaching practices and ethos.

At the end of the programme, stude

  • Demonstrate critical and essential pedagogical skills and strategies for the purpose of facilitating Hitmaker’s music programmes.
  • Apply practical skills and knowledge and be effective communicators who are reflective, and constantly working on becoming their own teaching advocates.

Method Blended or E-learning
Assessment Methods Coursework and Quizzes | Assignment | Exam (Practical and Paper-based)
Maximum Duration

9 months | No refund for failure to complete course

Music Skills
  • Performance Style & Appreciation (Jazz/Contemporary)
    Students will gain an analytical overview of styles, chart reading and critical listening as they relate to repertoire requirements. Some of the styles covered include rock, rhythm &blues, jazz, and Latin music.
  • Accelerated Tonal/Contemporary Harmony
    The first part of this module aims to provide students with the knowledge of fundamental tonal music theories and principles. These include melody writing, transposition and 4-part harmony. These are the building blocks for more advanced composition and arranging modules.
    The second part aims to arm the student with basic harmonic techniques to be able to recognise, identify and create chord progressions. The aim is to foster a creative approach for student’s own compositions, improvisations and other musical endeavours.
  • Accelerated Tonal Solfege/Contemporary for Ear Training
    The first part of this module is a key foundation to understanding basic aural and sight singing theory such as recognition of pulse, pitch, rhythms, and melody. Students will gain confidence in understanding and interacting musically in a live band.
    The second part of this module takes the fundamentals of traditional solfege and incorporates a contemporary approach. Students will be exposed to chord progressions, extended chords, and characteristically modern rhythms such as funk and jazz, among others.
  • Accelerated Nomenclature
    This module is designed to bridge the gap between the understandings of naming conventions between a Western and Eastern musical education.
    The first goal will aim to provide the student with a succinct understanding of all the common musical terms associated with traditional music learning.
    The second aims to prepare the student, armed with this knowledge, to crossover into the world of contemporary music. They will learn not just definitions and naming/analysis conventions, but also slang and terms used to communicate with musicians from all corners of the globe in this ever-evolving world.
  • Introduction To The Learning Theories and the Psychology & Sociology of Learning
    This module is a key foundation to teaching and learning theory. Learners will be taught different pedagogical approaches, learning theories such as Illeris Three Dimensions of Learning and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory.
    They will learn the importance of profiling their own learners, applying active learning strategies and classroom management skills in their classrooms.
    Throughout this module, real and authentic examples of professional practice will be experienced throughout the module. They will also learn the teacher code of ethics/conduct and best teaching practices.
  • Theoretical and Cultural Applications In Music education: An Introduction
    This module aims to equip learners with effective and reflective communication language skills that can serve to empower, motivate and encourage their own students. Learners will also have the chance to apply different effective strategies and approaches in real simulated classroom scenarios to achieve an authentic learning experience.
  • Music Education Pedagogy, E-Pedagogy, and Facilitation
    In this module, students will be taught essential pedagogies and practices in both traditional face-to-face settings and virtual classrooms. Students will also learn facilitating and acting skills to prepare them in their role as a “Facili-Actor” where he/she is a holistic and multi-dimensional collaborative educator in today’s dynamic education landscape.

Course Information

The Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching is a highly specialized educational program designed for experienced music teachers who are looking to further develop their skills and advance their careers in the field of music education. This program is aimed at individuals who already have a solid foundation in music theory, performance, and teaching, and who are looking to take their skills to the next level.

The program is typically designed to provide advanced training in a wide range of areas, including music pedagogy, music psychology, curriculum design, and classroom management. It also focuses on developing advanced teaching techniques and strategies, such as the use of technology in the classroom, and the development of innovative lesson plans and teaching methodologies.

Students in the Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching program also have the opportunity to specialize in a particular area of music education, such as music theory, composition, or performance. This specialization allows students to develop a deeper understanding of their chosen area of expertise, making them more marketable and competitive in the job market.

The program typically culminates in a capstone project or teaching practicum, where students have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge in a real-world setting. This hands-on experience is invaluable for students who want to further develop their teaching skills and advance their careers in music education.

Graduates of the Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching program are well-prepared for a wide range of career opportunities in music education, including teaching at higher education institutions, leading music programs in schools and community organizations, and conducting research in music education. They may also choose to pursue doctoral degrees in music education, paving the way for even more advanced career opportunities.

Overall, the Advanced Certificate in Music Teaching is an excellent educational option for experienced music teachers who are looking to further develop their skills, advance their careers, and make a meaningful impact in the field of music education. With advanced training in teaching techniques, music pedagogy, and specialized areas of music education, graduates of this program are well-equipped to succeed in a wide range of career opportunities in the music industry.

Admission Requirements

GCE ‘A’ Level/Grade 9 or Equivalent


Music | English requirements

ABRSM Grade 5 Practical & Theory or Equivalent

C6@GCE ‘O’| IELTS 5.5 | TOEFL 46 | DUOLINGO 85 | Equivalent.

Course Intake | Duration


4.5 months, 14 teaching weeks


Audition & Interview

2 Pieces of Music in contrasting style. 10 Mins

15 Mins Interview

Course Mode

Part Time

Learning Methods

Delivery modes:

Hitmaker Programmes are conducted and delivered using the hybrid model of both online and blended learning approaches. The method allows students to learn flexibly with non-practical modules delivered online.

    • Online/Blended Learning; or
    • On-campus


Hitmaker conducts online or on-campus Global Experience Workshops featuring the REAL industry practical experience.


Depending on the modules, assessment/examination may vary in way of:

    1. Course Assignment – Student is required to complete and submit instructions in the form of a written assignment
    2. Practical Examination – Student is assessed (especially music performance) in the form of live performance judging
    3. Application/Computer-based Examination
    4. Workshop Assignments – Student is assessed in a group context and normally given a set of tasks to complete
    5. Paper-based Examination
Teacher-student Ratio

The teacher to student ratio shall depend on factors such as:

1. The nature of the course/module:

      • Private Instructions | 1:1

2. The size of the premises:

      • Ensemble | 1:10
      • Tutorial | 1: 8
      • Music Production | 1:5
      • Instrumentals | 1:5
      • Lecture | 1:25

Covid Advisory – Due to the restrictions, class size is kept to the limitation of 1 – 2 metres distancing measures. Student shall expect a smaller class sizes or smaller cohort sizes.

Course Fees

Programme Fees

Full Fees JAC Funding
S$9,600.00 S$6,000.00

JAC Foundation Scholarship subsidises course fees for students, enabling them to fulfil their full potential. It also sponsors and supports costs for programmes and musical instruments. Eligible students will be given JAC Foundation Scholarship forms along with their Letters of Offer.

Application & Audition Fees

1. Pre-enrollment fees

Application fee S$50.00
Audition fee(If applicable) S$150.00

2. Enrollment fees

Registration fee S$300.00
Study Resources & Facility S$1,000.00


The Foundation Diploma comprises of a combination of multiple assessment methods depending on the design and nature of the course. Our programme emphasises a substantial amount of practical based elements that would require a combination of different assessment methods:

  • Practical / Live Performance Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Written and Practical Assignments
  • Workshop Assignments
  • Project Assignments
  • Examinations & Assignments: 60%
  • Workshop Assignment: 20%
  • Participation: 10%
  • Ethics: 10%
  • High Distinction (HD) – 90 Marks and Above
  • Distinction (D) – 75 to 89
  • Credit (C) – 60 to 74
  • Pass (P) – 50 to 59
  • Fail (F) – 49 Marks and below


EXPECTED AWARD CONFERMENT DATE | within 1 month after successful completion of all modules

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