The cup song singing game was introduced to the entire school population last year as part of the Teachers’ Day celebration. Before the showcase, the tutorial video was uploaded onto the school’s learning platform. To test out the effectiveness of the tutorial, the student leaders were tasked to teach the level cohort before the mass performance. The step-by-step live demonstration and interaction amongst the students was encouraging as the students worked collaboratively and were inspired to execute the task in perfect coordination. This creative expression fostered a sense of community, developed team building, creativity, listening and coordination skills, as our students aimed to express their love for the school as well as pay tribute to the teachers. Being certified by the Singapore Book of Records for most number of performers of the cup percussion song (2013) was also an affirmation of the unity and perseverance displayed by the students.
The story doesn’t end here. Two months later, our choir was invited to teach the residents at the Passionarts Singing Festival organised by the Potong Pasir Community Arts and Culture Club. This meaningful engagement has helped to foster goodwill and partnership with our community, strengthened the bonds and also enabled our nearby residents the opportunity to hear our choir perform. It’s also heartening to learn that our students have also adopted the cup song as ice-breakers in the various overseas school exchange programmes.
And for a kick-start to a brand new year, 6 of our students had much fun performing the cup song LIVE at the Mediacorp Okto Live TV show; a lively info-tainment series for those aged between 6 and 14. It was once again a great opportunity to allow TV audience to hear some of our voices and also an opportunity to collaborate with student producers and to see in action what goes behind the making of a LIVE TV show.
Students’ Reflection of Passionarts Singing Festival CIP
‘Through this event, we had the opportunity to mingle with people from different walks of life and age groups. When we first started teaching the residents how to execute the cup song rhythm, they had difficulty coping as we were demonstrating at too fast a pace and also remarked that the steps were too complex. We had assumed that new learners would be able to cope despite our careful scaffolding of learning steps before the event. We realized that in reality, we had to be patient, and demonstrate at an even more comfortable pace, and ensure that everyone is able to execute the steps successfully. Through this interaction, we learnt to empathise and apply the various learning styles accordingly. It was certainly rewarding to see the residents having fun and watch the delightful smiles on the faces when they managed to overcome the obstacle. Indeed, this event has enabled us to become better team players and the fun cup song brought us even closer to the community.
Subsequently at the jamming and human jukebox performance, we sang popular songs such as ‘Firework’, ‘Viva La Vida’, the Cup song, ‘When I’m gone’, as well as local evergreen songs, 细水长流 and a medley of Malay folk songs accompanied on the kompang. The residents were encouraging and supportive, clapping and swaying to the beat of the music. All in all, this this meaningful engagement was a memorable experience as we could go beyond the concert hall and interact with the local community and at the same time, share our passion and love for singing.’ – Vyshnavi, 3i
‘I’ve learnt to be adaptable and transfer the skills I’ve learnt in new situations and environment, a critical competency in the 21st century. Each cycle of our workshop demonstration and performance involved problem solving as we had to reorganize our performance arrangements so that the residents could sit among us and learn the game song steps while being guided by the students. Indeed, singing and teaching the cup song was a unique experience. To enable the learning to be more authentic and relevant for the residents, we incorporated children’s songs such as ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, Twinkle Twinkle little star, with the cup song rhythm. It was gratifying to see the residents eagerly learning and mastering the cup rhythm.
The warm applause and cheers from the residents at the juke box performance was heartening as we saw the crowd frantically waving the fans in the air. Indeed, it’s the little moments that make performing all the more fulfilling and rewarding. Overall, the Passionarts Singing Festival was an exciting event and we’ve gleaned several takeaways and eagerly looking forward to the next opportunity where we could share our passion for music and embracing the community and bringing the stage to life.’ – Rebecca Goh, 3Z
Submitted by Naomi Chye, Music Coordinator/Choral Director
Cedar Girls’ Secondary School