CyberFair Project ID: 6199

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Music @ SG
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: St. Joseph Institution
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

5 students, ages 15 - 18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 22, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): since 1996

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Raymond Wong, Mrs. Lorraine Vastel ; infocomm club

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Singapore is a city-state. It is a small country with a vibrant community. The major ethnic groups in Singapore are Chinese, Malay and Indian. Singapore has also become a major centre for the arts in Southeast Asia, especially in music. Music in Singapore takes mainly two forms, namely traditional music and modern (contemporary) music.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is about the various types and genres of music in Singapore. It focuses on the traditional music of the three major ethnic groups of Singapore: Chinese, Malay and Tamil, and also contemporary music in Singapore. These three types of traditional music and the contemporary music are very much vibrant and alive. The influence of these traditional music forms have stretched far into the modern/ contemporary music scene of Singapore. As of late, Singapore's music scene is a fusion of both modern and Asian elements. Because of this, Singapore has become the music and performing arts hub of Southeast Asia. Aside from the multicultural heritage, Singapore also built the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in hopes of promoting cultural and performing arts in Southeast Asia.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We have no other significant problem with internet connections.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Just the amount of information we needed to dig up about Singapore's music culture. They were things that we could not find readily available.

The problem also is that the student's schedules. We only had little time to prepare for this as each of the members have many different roles, responsibilities and

commitments to other school activities. We found it extremely difficult to schedule meeting dates and times and most often we had to do it at home while online.

Also, since we do it separately, we found it difficult to store and share information.

Hardware problems also caused quite a hindrance as some people's modems could not work properly. This proved a great difficulty to overcome as mentioned before, we do the project online.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This website will be fun and enriching. It will give more exposure to Singapore's Musical scene.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

We are building a website that concerns our country's musical scene, so it has a significance to the community. As such, we made sure that all the things we put inside do not break copyright laws, and we made sure to credit anything we took from open sources.

We also kept a checklist for the required coursework, which ensured us to never stray from our work.

The checklist was also used to ensure we fulfill the curriculum requirements. We also had periodic peer reviews among ourselves to make sure that all the members are aware of what is going on and that we stay focused and on the job. With this, we have learned much about the value of time management. We learned never to cram while possible. We also learned the value of having a properly and laid out schedule to follow, so as to keep coordinated.

Furthermore, since this project aims to tell people of Singapore's music scene, we have made it easy to understand and navigate. We have learned how to think and feel the way others do when browsing the net and strange stuff on the internet.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?


2 Desktops

Mostly these were the school desktops. The sheer number of desktops and students who used them practically ensured that we could not use the same PC every session.

5 laptops

Each member used his own laptops during our online sessions.


Adobe Dreamweaver CS4

Adobe Fireworks CS4

Adobe Photoshop CS4

Adobe Flash CS4

Google Docs

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

The students went around the school and its immediate vicinity to ask around about the music in Singapore. By doing this, we are also enplaning to them about our project.

Also, to the people who helped us during our working periods, we explained are project to them and told them about this 'cyberfair'.

The librarian, who we had to ask to use the library computers, also had a good lecture about this projects of ours. Otherwise, we obtain most of our information from the internet

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The project helps summarizes the music scene in Singapore.

They are few to no websites the have a complete and concise listing of Singapore's music scene.

With this Website, singapore's music scene is more easily known to people from other countries.

This website will also give some of the local Singaporeans a lesson in their own culture which sadly oftentimes remains forgot in their minds. This project should and would give them a jolt as they would be shocked to discover that Singapore has a Music scene that is varied and rich.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We basically asked people who we deem capable of answering things related to Singapore's music culture.

However, the teachers and fellow student passer-bys also helped us quite a bit. Our Club teachers helped us a lot

by guiding us with some software issues, copyrights and most importantly, how to upload things.

Other students also helped us by contributing useful information. Such as what colour goes well with brown backgrounds.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We actually discovered that Singapore had a more lively musical culture than we previously thought. We never imagined

A musical scene this varied before we started our research.

We were surprised that we know so little about Singapore's music. We also learned the value of teamwork and coordination.


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