At SMPAA, the music curriculum is based on the internationally recognised syllabi from Kindermusik, for children from birth through age seven, Trinity College London (Trinity) and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). The dance curriculum is based on the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD). ABRSM, Trinity, ISTD and NATD are the world’s leading examination boards for music and dance respectively, with the widest range of genres available. These well-balanced syllabi allow students to learn both the technical and performance aspects of their chosen disciplines. They also prepare them for internationally recognised certificates in music and the performing arts. In addition, as Vietnamese culture and identity are our most valuable heritage and help us stand out while integrating ourselves into the world, our curriculum will assists students in learning and understanding traditional Vietnamese values.
Connecting practice with theory, SMPAA’s curriculum aims to equip students with a conceptual and practical foundation as well as strong artistic skills. SMPAA offers three levels, each identified by a word that is key to the SMPAA philosophy: Feel - Believe - Inspire. Feel the power of music and performing arts, believe in the ability to achieve and inspire others.
Students who pursue their artistic development at SMPAA over a period of time have the opportunity to create a portfolio of their work reflecting their growth, talent and passion for their chosen art form. This becomes a valuable document that they can use as they pursue their work in the arts but also in whatever path they choose for higher education. A strong portfolio can become a determining factor when colleges, universities or conservatories making admission decisions.
This level is designed to introduce students to music and/or the performing arts. Students start building their foundational knowledge and develop their interests in music and the performing arts in courses that suit the particular pace, needs, and strengths of these students.
This level acknowledges students’ progress and development with standardised assessments and carefully planned goals. This programme motivates students to increase their self-confidence through mandatory yearly international examinations (Trinity, ABRSM, ISTD and NATD).
This level develops a cohesive bridge for students who wish to pursue further training in the arts, building on their established knowledge, enhancing their performance capabilities and expanding their expertise. All students follow a structured programme with international qualifications while taking part in various artistic projects.