The SMPAA Music Curriculum is focused on four-aspects of learning:
- Building a strong technical and theoretical foundation.
- Applying learned techniques and theories to different genres of music.
- Encouraging creativity through the exploration of improvisation and composition.
- Encouraging performance to showcase learned skills.
Students begin with age-and-level-appropriate syllabi in preparation for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) programmes and the Trinity College London (Trinity) programmes, where students will have the option of specializing in classical and jazz, or rock and pop genres.
Trinity College London (Trinity) is an international examination board that has been providing assessments since 1877. With a rich heritage of academic assessment, Trinity provides one of the most respected certifications in music in the world. Embracing all musical styles and cultures, Trinity qualification provides a wide variety of certifications to appeal to all music professions including classical traditions as well as rock and pop genres.
In Vietnam, SMPAA is the first Trinity Recognised Exam Centre, and the first educational institution that applies the full Trinity syllabus.
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The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) is the United Kingdom's largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and one of the world’s leading providers of music exams, offering assessments to more than 700,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.
Preparation for ABRSM’s exams helps students become well rounded musicians with a wide range of skills in performance, technique, notation, listening and musical perception as well as knowledge, understanding and creativity.