Esplanade Presents


The Musical Canvas

Ding Yi Music Company (Singapore)

27 Jul 2020 – 31 Mar 2023

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An audio-visual experience accompanied by an illustrated guide that tells the story of May, a curious student in search of the power of her imagination, The Musical Canvas is an experiential journey for students to learn about the different elements of Chinese chamber music, while guiding them to reimagine music visually.


The model student in her school, May has never had a single problem completing any assignment her teachers set. But when her art teacher gives her a task to create an artwork using just her imagination, she finds herself stuck. However, May realises that she experiences sound and music visually.


On her quest to complete her painting, she meets characters who introduce her to different Chinese instruments and the role they play in an ensemble. Will this help her to express herself through her imagination? Turn the pages of the guide and join May on her colourful journey with captivating illustrations and audio recordings of the Chinese chamber ensemble.


The Musical Canvas is co-produced by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and Ding Yi Music Company.


Learning Objectives

  • Recognise different instruments in a Chinese chamber ensemble
  • Listen to how harmony, melody and accompaniment interact and contribute to Chinese chamber music
  • Respond to music visually using their imagination
This programme is presented in the form of a printed illustrated guide which includes links to the digital experience.
Recommended Age: Recommended for Lower Primary to Upper Primary students.
Language: English
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Date and Time

On Demand

27 Jul 2020 – 31 Mar 2023

Tickets and Prices

Price: $12

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