FM Pop Music School

Write the Song in You

At FM Pop Music school, we pride ourselves with reaching out to music enthusiasts and helping them bring their love for music to greater levels. Since it’s inception in 2006, FM Pop Music School has seen hundreds of students who not only improved their music skills but also appreciate the joys of music together with likeminded individuals. With 3 of the most prolific Music makers in the Mando Pop Industry working hand in hand, FM Pop Music has never been more focused in nurturing songwriters.

Our signature songwriting courses have helped many passionate aspiring songwriters write the song in them, winning songwriting competitions, such as the SG50 song and publishing songs to popular singers such as Angela Chang  張韶涵Stefanie Sun孙燕姿Joi Chua蔡淳佳,through Funkie Monkies Publishing. The school also groomed and successfully launched the music careers of Wu Jiahui 伍家輝, Serene Koong 龔芝怡, Kenny Khoo 邱鋒澤 and Ming Bridges 喬毓明 as singer songwriters.
Whether music is your hobby or you aspire to be the next big thing. Join us and let the fun begin!

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What we can offer

We Offer 7 Courses taught by the funkiest in the Business

Melody Composing

Professional Hit Melodies Composing with Eric Ng & Jim Lim

Our Professional Hit Melodies course is renowned in Singapore for providing a solid foundation of what goes on behind the success of a hit song. Aspiring songwriters get to have a taste of what goes on in the music industry working as hit songwriter. If you’ve been writing songs and want to take it to the next level, this is your perfect opportunity to turn your passion for songwriting into a fulfilling career! Join us on this journey with chart topping songwriters, as they share with you priceless real world experiences and the necessary skills on composing songs as a professional songwriter.

This is course will be conducted by renowned songwriters/music producers Eric Ng (黃韻仁) and Jim Lim (林倛玉).

  • Commencement Date/Timing: 19th July 2016/Tuesdays, 7:30pm
  • Course Duration: 10 months, 40 weeks (40 Lessons), 19th July 2016 to 25th April 2017
  • Course Frequency: Once a week (1.5 hours per lesson)
  • Instructor: Eric Ng, Jim Lim, Frank Lee (Instructor Profile Links Below)
  • Unsigned trainees will be offered a trainee writer contract over the course period for the compositions written during class. Guided by our instructors, works with potential will be pitched into the music industry.
  • Trainees will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” during their last class of their course (T&C applies).
Topics that will be covered during this course:
  • How to develop the melody of your song and create a “hook” that leaves a
lasting impression on the listener
  • Regular assignments/song reviews given to reinforce topics covered
  • Having hands on experience composing for song requests from the music industry, including top artists looking for their next big hit
  • Experiencing studio production/arrangement in a professional studio setting
  • Understanding the role of vocals in melody composing
  • Productive songwriting thought processes
  • Basic demo arrangement awareness
  • Understanding and composing for current popular genres
  • Instrument and Vocal Micing techniques for the Home Studio
  • Mixing strategies to make your demo stand out
  • Understanding the industry’s workings and knowledge of your copyright
  • Thoughts and considersations in composing for a specified singer
  • Marketing yourself for a career in hit songwriting
Pre-requisite for Professional Hit Melodies Composing with Eric Ng & Jim Lim

Applicants need to have songwriting experience, basic knowledge of a musical instrument and able to present their songs through a basic demo recording with vocals. We will require applicants to send in 2 of their best works (Demos) in mp3 format for assessment by our instructors.

How to submit

Send in your completed works to songwriter@fmmusic.com.sg with the following details:

Email header: Professional Hit Melodies Composing with Eric Ng & Jim Lim Demo Submission

1) Name
 2) Contact Number
 3) Gender
 4) Age
 5) Nationality
 6) Current employer (if any)

Submission of Demos is compulsory for our instructor’s internal reference.

*For NAC Capability Development Grant Applicants and Non Grant Applicants Timeline details, please refer to https://goo.gl/PI5Zhg


Melodies Composing Course  

Always wanted to write songs that create a lasting impression on the listener? Learn how to compose songs that are required in the current pop music market, music theory concepts and how to go about structuring your song, getting the chance to work on projects that will be happening in the industry!

The instructors are handpicked and certified by Asia’s renowned songwriters/producers Eric Ng (黃韻仁) and Jim Lim (林倛玉).

There are a total of 3 stages in the Melody Composing course whereby only the 3rd stage is taught by Eric Ng and Jim Lim.

Unsigned trainees will be offered a trainee writer contract over the course period for the compositions written during class. Guided by our instructors, works with potential will be pitched into the music industry.

1st Stage: Basic Course

This course is catered for students who are interested in melody composing and want to find out how to get started.

What will be taught:

  • Song Structure
  • Basic Music Theory (Notes, Chords, Rhythm, etc)
  • Music Genres
  • Music recording software setup
  • Music arrangement awareness
Details:

Duration: 1½ hours

Class Size: 6-10 pax

No. of lessons: 12 lessons (approx. 3 months)

  • Commencement Date for next intake: 28th May 2016

2nd Stage: Intermediate

This stage will be conducted in the following format:

  • 4 lessons of lectures
  • 8 lessons of practical

What will be taught in the lectures:

  • Melody Study (Elements of a melody + Motifs)
  • Drum Studies (Groove)
  • Demo Production Introduction
  • Micro and Macro Structures of a Melody
  • Advanced Theory (Application of Secondary Dominants and Non-Diatonic Chords)

Practical Topics:

  • Students will be given assignments based on what they have learnt during the lectures to compose and do a demo for their song. The songs will be presented in class and evaluated by the lecturers.
Details:

Duration: 1½ hours

Class Size: 6-10 pax

No. of lessons: 12 lessons (approx. 3 months)

3rd Stage: Professional

In this stage, all lessons will be in practical format which will be conducted by Eric Ng and Jim Lim.

Students will get to work on real life current music industry song requests from various record labels. Practical Topics:

  • TV drama
  • Movie theme
  • Specific product advertisement/jingle theme

Students who have completed the Career in Hit Songwriting course will be able to continue at this stage. Details:

Duration: 1½ hours

Class Size: 10-15pax

No. of lessons: 24 lessons (approx. 6 months)

Trainees will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” during their last class of their course (T&C applies).

Potential students from the course may have a chance to sign on as Funkie Monkies composer!

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Profiles

Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Jim  Lim 林倛玉
Jim Lim 林倛玉
Ken Chong
Ken Chong
Lee Chin Sin
Lee Chin Sin
Prue Chew 周佩芸
Prue Chew 周佩芸

Lyrics Writing

Professional Hit Lyrics Writing with Xiaohan

If you’ve been writing poems or lyrics and have no clue on what’s the next step, this is your opportunity to turn your passion for songwriting into a fulfilling career! Join us on this journey with chart topping songwriters, as they share with you priceless real world experiences and the necessary skills on composing songs as a professional songwriter.

This course will be conducted by multi-award winning lyricist Xiaohan (小寒)

  • Commencement Date/Timing: 23rd July 2016, Saturdays, 3:00pm
  • Course Duration: 10 months, 40 weeks (40 Lessons), 23rd July 2016 to 10th June 2017
  • Course Frequency: Once a week (1.5 hours per lesson)
  • Instructor: Xiaohan (Instructor Profile Link Below)
  • Unsigned trainees will be offered a trainee writer contract over the course period for the compositions written during class. Guided by our instructors, works with potential will be pitched into the music industry.
  • Trainees will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” during their last class of their course (T&C applies).

Topics that will be covered during this course:

  • Advance Techniques of lyrics writing based on Industry standards
  • Working relationship between members of the music team. Invited speakers will be professionals from respective fields such as Composers, Singers, DJs and so on, to provide their professional views on good lyrics.
  • Targeted writing for A-list singers
  • Targeted writing for different topics.
  • Targeted writing for different music genre with same topic.
  • Targeted writing according to current trends.
  • How to market and position oneself in order to get noticed.
  • Real-time Songwriting sessions with Melody composing students.

Pre-requisite Professional Hit Lyrics Writing with Xiaohan

Interested applicants are required to fill in the Chinese lyrics to the following demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FguWLBtMB4s

Assessment will be based on Creativity, Word Usage, Storyline, Feel, and Rhythm/Phrasing sense. Please save your works in Microsoft word .doc format, font 12, 1.5 spacing.

How to submit

Send in your completed works to songwriter@fmmusic.com.sg with the following details:

Email header: Professional Hit Lyrics Writing with Xiaohan Lyrics Submission

1) Name 2) Contact Number 3) Gender 4) Age 5) Nationality 6) Current employer (if any)

Submission of Lyrics is compulsory for our instructor’s internal reference.

*For NAC Capability Development Grant Applicants and Non Grant Applicants Timeline details, please refer to https://goo.gl/PI5Zhg


Lyrics Writing with Xiaohan

Do you have a story that you wish to tell? Want to put your words and ideas into a song? Come join our Mandarin lyrics writing course personally taught by Singapore’s very own pride, lyricist Xiaohan 小寒.

Xiaohan is a multi-award winning local lyricist. She has worked with many well-known artistes like Eason Chan (陳奕迅),Jolin Tsai (蔡依林),Tanya Chua (蔡健雅), Stefanie Sun (孫燕 姿),Fish Leong (梁靜茹), Khalil Fong (方大同), Gary (曹格) and so on.

Unsigned trainees will be offered a trainee writer contract over the course period for the compositions written during class. Guided by our instructors, works with potential will be pitched into the music industry.

Some Topics that will be covered during the course:

  • The relationship between Lyrics, Melody, Music Arrangement and Studio Recording of a commercial song.
  • The relationship between Lyrics, Melody, Music Arrangement and Studio Recording of a commercial song.
  • Techniques of lyrics writing, such as rhymes and grooves.
  • How to develop your inspirations into lyrics.
  • Insights of the Chinese Pop Music Industry.
  • Hands on experience on jingles, movies, films, TV dramas theme songs.
  • Student homework and weekly brainstorming sessions.
  • Opportunity to be signed as Funkie Monkies Publishing Exclusive Writer.
Details:

Duration: 1.5 hours

Class Size: 20

No. of lessons: 24 lessons (approx. 6 months)​

Timing: Saturday Afternoons

  • Next intake: T.B.A

Trainees will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” during their last class of their course (T&C applies).

Email us now for more details about the course and to secure your place for the next intake!

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Xiao Han 小寒
Xiao Han 小寒

Music Arrangement

Music Arrangement / Advance Music Arrangement (Scroll down)

As a songwriter or a musician, we understand that when you are starting out, often you have no clue on how to begin creating an arrangement for the songs that you’ve composed, or even how to begin using the music software.

Our Music Arrangement courses takes you through the concepts of music arrangement, demystifying the basics using Apple Garageband starting with built in loops and moving on to building your arrangements from scratch using Protools – the leading music industry software found in most recording studios.

The 10 months syllabus, formulated by Eric Ng黄韵仁 and Jim Lim 林倛玉, taught together with our highly qualified lecturers, caters to anyone interested in music arranging, no matter if you are guitar or keyboard based.

This music arrangement course will be beneficial to songwriters and musicians that would like to learn how to arrange songs using Garageband and Protools. What you will learn in 10 months:

  • Learn the concepts of music arrangement
  • Gain awareness of the interaction between commonly used music instruments
  •  Understanding groove and harmony, the basic building blocks of music arrangement
  •  Building your own multi-instrument arrangements from scratch, track by track with guidance by our highly qualified and patient instructors
  •  Learn the basic concepts of polishing and mixing your tracks

Basic requirements:

• Basic knowledge of one of the following instruments, drums, bass, guitar or keyboard

Details:  

  • Group Class Size: min. 5 max. 15 students
  • Commencement Date/Timing : 20th July 2016, Wednesdays, 7:30pm
  • Course Duration: 10 months, 40 weeks (40 lessons), 20th July 2016 to 19th April 2017
  • Course Frequency: : Once a week (1.5 hours per lesson)
  • Instructors: Eric Ng, Jim Lim, Fatt, Seto (Instructor Profile Links Below)

*For NAC Capability Development Grant Applicants and Non Grant Applicants Timeline details, please refer here

As you will be trained using Apple computers with Garageband, Protools software and a midi keyboard, it is advisable for you to have your own set up to hone your arrangements. However, we do provide Apple laptops during class usage at a first come first serve basis.  


  Advanced Music Arrangement

The journey in music arrangement is ever changing with technological and music trends altering the tastes of music fans everywhere. No matter if you are guitar or keyboard based, this syallabus aims to expand your knowledge of music arrangement and take it to the next level!

The advanced music arrangement course is led by Eric Ng黄韵仁 and Jim Lim 林倛玉. Together with our highly qualified lecturers, this course targets aspiring music arrangers who’ve had prior hands on experience working on their own tracks to tap into the industry know how of our mentors and better understand the arranger’s thought process.

Based on our team of lecturers’ experience working with artists such as A*Mei, Stefanie Sun, Jolin Tsai, Dreamz FM, The Freshman, Joi Chua etc, this course will further explore the concepts of music arrangement, of how various instruments and modern music arrangement tools work together in different genres to widen their sonic palette.

Trainees will be exposed to various instruments and genre specific training to diversify the scope of their works. Understanding that audio mixing has became an extension of modern music arrangement and the prevalence of electronic music taking over the airwaves, this course will hone your arrangements towards the professional sheen that you hear on the hit songs of today.

Understanding the tools and parameters of the common tools used in modern music arrangement

These include:

  •  How to engage the listener
  •  Understanding instrument interaction and how they are properly used
  • Effective layering of instruments
  • Modulation techniques and usage
  •  Guitar theories and techniques
  •  Bass Guitar theories and techniques
  •  Advanced Keyboard theories and techniques
  •  Realistic Acoustic Drum Programming
  •  Electronic music Programming
  • Basics of synthesis
  • Essential effects for Electronic music
  •  Mixing as an extension of arrangement
  •  Understanding essential tools of audio mixing (Panorama, Reverb, Delay, Compression, EQ, Gate, Sidechain etc)
  •  Understanding current trends in music arrangement

Details:  

  • Group Class Size: min. 5 max. 8 students
  • Commencement Date/Timing: 18th July 2016, Mondays, 7:30pm
  • Course Duration: 10 months,40 weeks (40 lessons), 18th July 2016 to 22nd May 2017
  • Course Frequency: Once a week (1.5 hours per lesson)
  • Instructors: Eric Ng, Jim Lim, Frank Lee, Bang Wenfu, Clement Yang, Fatt, Seto (Instructor Profile Links Below)
  • Trainees will be awarded a “Certificate of Participation” during their last class of their course (T&C applies).
   

As the advanced arranged course is catered to providing the arranger with modern arrangement concepts rather than learning a specific DAW, you are welcome to use your own laptop with a prefered DAW(Digital Audio Workstation) of your choice thruout the course. We do provide Apple laptops equipped with Garageband, Protools and a midi keyboard controller during class usage at a first come first serve basis.

Minimal requirement  

  • Prior experience in multi track sequencing with a DAW (Garageband, Logic, Protools, Cubase etc)
  • Basic knowledge of either guitar or keyboard
  • You will need to submit an arrangement completed by you for assessment by the mentors.
   

*Current FM Music Arrangement need not submit demos. If you are not an current music arrangement student and will like to join the advance music arrangement course. We will require applicants to send in 2 of their best works (Demos) in mp3 format for assessment by our instructors.

How to submit

Send in your completed works to songwriter@fmmusic.com.sg with the following details:

Email header: FM Advance Music Arrangement Demo Submission

1) Name
 2) Contact Number
 3) Gender
 4) Age
 5) Nationality
 6) Current employer (if any)

*For NAC Capability Development Grant Applicants and Non Grant Applicants Timeline details, please refer to https://goo.gl/PI5Zhg

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Bang Wenfu
Bang Wenfu
Clement Yang
Clement Yang
Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Fatt Q
Fatt Q
Frank Lee
Frank Lee
Jim  Lim 林倛玉
Jim Lim 林倛玉
Seto 司徒榮傑
Seto 司徒榮傑

Signature Vocal Training

Everyone can sing but proper training is needed to recognize and fully utilize one's vocal strengths and under lying talents. Through our Signature Vocal Class specially created by our Director Jim Lim and taught by experience teachers Elsa Lin, students are taught to discover the unique qualities of their voices, and to master the control of their vocal cords.

Course Details
  • Breathing
  • Discovering the usage of the diaphragm
  • Posture and Breath control
  • Projection Techniques
  • Vocal warm-ups and exercises
  • Different vocal registers
  • Basic Music Theory (Major, Minor scales)
  • Singing in scales
  • Song covering skills
  • Vocal Care
  • Developing wider vocal range
  • Vocal Phrasing
  • Vocal Grooves
  • Tone Production
  • Control and Tension
  • Intonation

Details:
Individual lesson: 45 minutes per lesson
Group lessons (3-5 pax per lesson): 1 hour per lesson
Lessons are conducted once a week, 4 lessons per month.

​Contact us for the available timings


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Profiles

Hwee Ming
Hwee Ming
Jim  Lim 林倛玉
Jim Lim 林倛玉
Regine Han 韩睿君
Regine Han 韩睿君
Lin Si Tong (林思彤)
Lin Si Tong (林思彤)

Pop Keyboard

Have fun while learning how to play the keyboard! This course, consisting of three levels (Foundation, Semi-Pro, Rockstar), provides you with the skills to play the keyboard / be an accompanying keyboardist.

Foundation
  • Piano layout, names of the keys
  • Understanding how to read the different kinds of musical scores
  • Basic Music Theory (Basic Major, Minor Scales, Rhythm)
  • Right hand, Left Hand relationship
  • Basic Chord Structures (Major, Minor)
  • Concept of sustain pedal and playing
  • Basic Chord Progressions
  • Concept of accompaniment/comping

Semi-Pro
  • Chord Structures (Sevenths, Sus s, Sus s)
  • Music Theory (Harmonic, Melodic minor scales, basic idea of modes)
  • Basic Improvisations
  • Dynamic playing
  • Aural Training: To identify chords and melodic phrases in a song
  • Different comping patterns
  • Concept of different genres: Rock, Ballad etc

Rockstar
  • Chord Structures (Diminished, Augmented)
  • Music Theory (Embellishments)
  • Improvisations
  • Unconventional chord progressions (using of borrowed chords)
  • Aural Training: To identify chord progressions in a song
  • Playing in a band
  • Playing &#;Stripped&#;
  • Concept of different genres: Jazz, Blues etc
Details:
Duration per stage: 6-8 months
Individual lessons: 45 minutes per lesson
Group lessons (2-3 pax per lesson): 1 hour per lesson
Lessons are conducted once a week, 4 lessons per month


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Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
Shauna Sim
Shauna Sim
Ying Ying
Ying Ying

Pop Guitar

Ever dreamt of being a guitarist? Come and make your dream of being a guitarist a reality today with FM Pop Music School! Our commited and friendly instructors will help you achieve the ability to play one of the most popular musical instruments in the world. Within 4 lessons, you will be able to strum your heart out.

Foundation
  • Fundamentals of the guitar
  • Parts of the guitar
  • Guitar Maintainence
  • How to read the Chord Charts
  • Finger Exercises: Improves flexibility, &#;Educates the fingers on movements&#;
  • Basic Music Theory: Scales, Rhythm, Chords
  • Basic Open-String Chords
  • The concept of &#;Feel&#;
  • Right hand and Left hand Relationship

  • Semi-Pro
    • Advance guitar-playing techniques
    • Barred Chords
    • Advanced Theory: Chord Families, Transposition
    • Application of scales into riffs
    • Aural Training: To identify chords/ melodic vales of a song
    • Expressive Playing
    • &#;Feel&#; Application
    • Groove

    Rockstar
    • Accompaniment techniques: Dynamics, Musical Sense
    • Performance Techniques
    • EQ and Stage Sound
    • Song Analysis
    • Playing in a Band
    • Playing &#;Stripped&#;
    • Advanced Chord Improvisation Skills

    Details:
    Duration per stage: 4-6 months.
    Individual lesson: 45 minutes per lesson
    Group lessons (2-6 pax per lesson): 1 hour per lesson
    Lessons are conducted once a week, 4 lessons per month


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    Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
    Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
    Prue Chew 周佩芸
    Prue Chew 周佩芸

    STRUM & SING

    Singing and playing your guitar at the same time is not only convenient when performing as a solo act, it is a wonderful experience and helps you find musical harmony within yourself. If you want to unleash your inner rock/ pop star, don't wait and start now!

    Foundation
    • Breathing
    • Discovering the usage of the diaphragm
    • Posture and Breath control
    • Basic Fundamentals of using the voice while playing the guitar
    • Projection Techniques
    • Vocal warm-ups and exercises with the guitar
    • Basic Music Theory (Major, Minor scales)
    • Song covering skills
    • The relationship between the instrument and the voice
    • Vocal Care

    Semi-Pro
    • Advance guitar-playing techniques
    • Phrasing
    • Grooves
    • Tone Production
    • Performing Techniques
    • Microphone Techniques
    • Control and Tension
    • Dynamics and Band-Sense

    Rockstar
    • Advanced Theory: Chord Families, Transposition
    • Performing Techniques
    • Microphone Techniques
    • Styling and Image
    • EQ and Microphones
    • Taking the lead in a band
    • Consistency
    • Intonation
    • &#;Feel&#; Application
    • Going Solo

    Details:
    Duration per stage: 4-6 months.
    Individual lesson: 45 minutes per lesson
    Lessons are conducted once a week, 4 lessons per month.


    STRUM & SING

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    Profiles

    Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安
    Cheng Jin An 鄭錦安