The Department of Western Music aspires to create a genuine interest and appreciation for western classical music (voice and piano) among students. Throughout the first year, the Musical Foundations course combines music notation, theory, ear training, sight singing, effective practice and performance anxiety skills. The second year builds on this integrated toolbox by adding practical uses of tonal harmony across all western tonal styles and delving into the art of interpretation. The third year then scaffolds a final layer to this core set of skills which contextualise the history of Western Music to discuss the philosophical outlooks that underpin western approaches to music and life up until the present day. Each student will major in either voice or piano over the course of six practical semesters. The programme maintains a good balance between theory and practical knowledge, along with numerous opportunities for performance. Music as a subject itself goes much beyond just academics, and the programme is structured in a way to be able to contribute to everyone’s life and make a difference through music.