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Aesthetic Appreciation Programme


Aesthetic Appreciation Program
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”


The arts are a vital part of human existence and as such should be an integral part of every school curriculum. It is a major source of knowledge and meaning about ourselves as human beings and the world around us.  The NUS High School Music & Art Department has the dual obligation to develop the aesthetic sensitivity and awareness of all students regardless of their individual levels of musical/artistic knowledge through the Aesthetic Appreciation Program (AAP); and also to develop the talents of those who are gifted through quality Music and Art Programs (MAP). We hope all our Math & Science students achieve basic competencies and to strive for excellence within the limits of their individual capabilities. These aesthetic experiences will enable them to better enjoy and deepen the quality of their personal lives by broadening and refining their repertoire of expressive abilities.

The structure for the aesthetics is divided into two categories:

1. Aesthetic Appreciation Program (school-wide approach) is carried out at least four times a year during assembly slots or post-exam activities. Performances by the CCA Performing Arts do play a part in the aesthetic appreciation too.

2. Music & Art Program (department-based approach) such as Department Concert, Senior Recital, Art Graduation Show, Chamber Music, NUSHS Talent Search, Music & Art Awareness Day is spread throughout the year.

The following outcomes and rewards as a result of these experiences here at NUS High are as follow: 

School and community resources are used to facilitate the exploration of music and art in a manner both meaningful and relevant to students.  When students can apply their knowledge of the Arts, can analyze, synthesize, evaluate for themselves, they have been given skills and competencies which will allow for life-long learning to occur.

The programme adopts a spiralling approach to develop aesthetic appreciation to all students. For Year 1 and 2 students, the school hopes to increase awareness and appreciation of various art forms. For Year 3 and 4, it is hope that students would be able to cultivate curiosity and confidence in some particular art forms so that in Year 5 and 6, they can even be an advocate or fans of these art forms.

It is the hope that by the end of their school year, the maturing students will experience the following learning outcomes and rewards as a result of the music and art experiences here at NUS High: Knowledge & Understanding; Skills & Competencies; and Values & Attitudes.