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

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.

Trainees will be signed as Funkie Monkies Publishing writer during 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: 22nd January 2016, 7:30pm

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!


Melody Composing

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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
Prue Chew 周佩芸
Prue Chew 周佩芸

Lyrics Writing

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.

Trainees will be signed as Funkie Monkies Publishing writer during 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: 9th January 2016, 3pm

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

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
Class Size: min. 5 max. 8 students
Duration: 1hr 30mins
Price: $280 per month (4 lessons, once a week)
Timing: Wednesdays 7:30pm (please note that the day of the lesson has changed to wednesdays)
Commencement Date: 16th September 2015 - 22nd June 2016 (TBC)
No. of lessons: 40 lessons (approx. 10months)

As you will be trained using Apple computers with Garageband and 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. We do allow students to book a timeslot (max. 2 hours) at our school to use the Apple laptops if they would like to practice and do their homework.

Do speak to our admin staff for attractive bundles!

Singaporeans or PRs who are music professionals are eligible to apply for the NAC Capability Development Grant, which can subsidise up to 70% of the course fees. More information about the grant can be found at here.


Music Arrangement

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Profiles

Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Eric Ng 黃韻仁
Jim  Lim 林倛玉
Jim Lim 林倛玉
LGF Seto 司徒榮傑
LGF 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


Signature Vocal Training

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Profiles

Hwee Ming
Hwee Ming
Jim  Lim 林倛玉
Jim Lim 林倛玉
LGF Regine Han 韩睿君
LGF 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


Pop Keyboard

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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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    Profiles

    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