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Music Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century: A Paradigm Shift

15 July 2019 | 10:00 am12:30 pm

Free for Members


By Michael PL Wong
ATCL, FLCM (Thesis)

At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to learn:
1. How the 21st. century skills of 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) of education can be implemented in teaching and learning.
2. Practical examples and hands-on work by the participants to put this skill into practice.
3. The characteristics of ‘active learning’ in general educational pedagogy and specifically ‘simultaneous learning’ in music pedagogy.
4. A teaching structure and effective lesson planning for private teaching (music tutors) and school classroom teaching incorporating 21st. century skills of 4Cs.

Certificate of attendance will be issued.


About Michael PL Wong

At the age of 18, Michael Wong started his piano lesson through the ABRSM curriculum. Though the lessons have given him the skills on the piano but it has left him largely unsatisfied as he wasn’t able to play what he wanted to play and to learn what he wanted to learn viz to be able to play whatever that is in his head, to extemporize. After he gained his Associate diploma with Trinity College, London, he began to look for ways in which he can teach himself that skill cumulating in a short course which he wrote for his private students.

His work with Yamaha has given him the tools to further develop his ideas. Acquiring a music business specializing in music instruction, he co-wrote a programme called Core Musicianship Programme where students create meaning and link classical knowledge with popular music medium. At around the same time, Michael started his research on the philosophy of music and music pedagogy. After he sold his business, he embarked on a study with London College of Music where he gained his FLCM in research. At around the same time, he was working with Kirkby International School as a lecturer and a programme leader where he developed their Diploma in Music Education which was approved by Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA).

Michael believes that each child is unique and, at such, should be treated that way in music education. He also believes that music education (both private and school-based) must go through a paradigm shift in order for it to remain relevant. Music pedagogy must evolve in order to fit in the 21st century where creativity, global-mindedness and individuality is celebrated and acknowledged.

He is currently working as the global head of music department in the largest and leading International Baccalaureate (IB) school in Malaysia where he used his knowledge and understanding gain from his research particularly ‘simultaneous learning’ and ‘active learning’ in his work as a teacher and trainer.



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15 July 2019
10:00 am — 12:30 pm
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Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Rd
Singapore, 599494 Singapore
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