Music Score Reading

Conducted over two and a half days, this Music Score Reading course is designed to equip participants with the rudiments of music and the knowledge to read a score.
An image of a score sheet.

Course Run: 19 – 21 Oct 2022
(Closing date for registration: 3 Oct 2022)
Day 1 & 2: 9.30am – 6pm
Day 3: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Course Fees - Before GST: $300.00
Course Fees - After GST: $321.00


Does a music score remind you of secret codes and symbols that you would never be able to decipher? The good news is, a cryptologist, you need not be!

Conducted over two and a half days, this Music Score Reading course is designed to equip participants with the rudiments of music and the knowledge to read a score. Music scores from musical theatre, operas, choral and instrumental works and popular music will be introduced for practice, to develop the necessary skills for following scores and calling show cues to a specific beat.

No prior music knowledge is required. All you need is to know how to count!

Course Outline

  • Introduction to types of music scores

  • Concept of pitch and notation

  • Concept of pulse, tempi and rhythm

  • Basic music theory

  • Musical terms and general terminology

  • Practical work in reading of music scores

  • How to set up your music score


About the trainer

A Programmer and Producer with over 30 years of experience in the performing arts, Michelle worked with some of Singapore's major arts companies such as Singapore Lyric Opera, Singapore Repertory Theatre, National Arts Council, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and National Gallery Singapore.


Innovative and driven in taking an idea from concept to delivery and producing, some of her major projects include Marina Bay Singapore Countdown and festivals such as Esplanade’s Opening Festival, Yfest (in conjunction with the inaugural Youth Olympics 2010), National Day Celebrations, OctoBurst Children’s Day Festival, Singapore International Piano Festival and Gallery Wellness Festival. Michelle also worked with Singaporean and international artists and orchestras on the acoustics at Esplanade and Victoria Concert Hall. She also specialises in surtitles for western operas and choral works.


A believer in empowering, mentoring and imparting of knowledge, Michelle taught at LASALLE College of the Arts and teaches at Esplanade Academy. A champion for documentation and archiving, Michelle has embarked on research work of the performing arts since working independently, and is enjoying it as much as she does, her role as Programmer and Producer.


Who should attend?

Directors, stage managers, designers, individuals employed or with an interest in technical theatre or related industries (arts, entertainment or MICE)

Feedback from Jan 2021 Class

As a writer, director, it has helped me immensely in my creations. The music knowledge has made me more aware of writing lyrics and how I can work with composers & crew. Not a minute wasted!
– Ferroa Peggy Grace, Community Artist


Learning to read scores and referencing against the recordings has helped me better appreciate the job of a stage manager for classical concerts and musicals. It takes a good amount of experience and composure to be able to follow the score and call the different technical cues accordingly. At work, we also can assess our venue stage manager's capabilities better before assigning them for particular shows.
– Ganesh Jayabal, Production Co-ordinator

This course fuelled a new interest in music for me and gave me a greater appreciation of music through nuggets of rich sharing from the facilitator. I am more aware of the nuances in music now and I feel more confident when I communicate with musicians, conductors and orchestra managers about the works that they intend to perform.
– Amy Wee, Production Co-ordinator

Through this course, I gained additional knowledge on reading music scores which is not covered in your typical music theory lessons. I also gained some understanding of how musicals, operas etc. are produced. This is valuable knowledge that will help me contribute meaningfully to the performing arts industry.
– Goh Pei Hwee, arts enthusiast.


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