1. Description of Our Community
Singapore is a city-state. It is a small country with a vibrant community. The major ethnic groups in Singapore are Chinese, Malay and Indian. Singapore has also become a major centre for the arts in Southeast Asia, especially in music. Music in Singapore takes mainly two forms, namely traditional music and modern (contemporary) music.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is about the various types and genres of music in Singapore. It focuses on the traditional music of the three major ethnic groups of Singapore: Chinese, Malay and Tamil, and also contemporary music in Singapore. These three types of traditional music and the contemporary music are very much vibrant and alive. The influence of these traditional music forms have stretched far into the modern/ contemporary music scene of Singapore. As of late, Singapore's music scene is a fusion of both modern and Asian elements. Because of this, Singapore has become the music and performing arts hub of Southeast Asia. Aside from the multicultural heritage, Singapore also built the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in hopes of promoting cultural and performing arts in Southeast Asia.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We have no other significant problem with internet connections.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Just the amount of information we needed to dig up about Singapore's music culture. They were things that we could not find readily available.
The problem also is that the student's schedules. We only had little time to prepare for this as each of the members have many different roles, responsibilities and
commitments to other school activities. We found it extremely difficult to schedule meeting dates and times and most often we had to do it at home while online.
Also, since we do it separately, we found it difficult to store and share information.
Hardware problems also caused quite a hindrance as some people's modems could not work properly. This proved a great difficulty to overcome as mentioned before, we do the project online.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This website will be fun and enriching. It will give more exposure to Singapore's Musical scene.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We are building a website that concerns our country's musical scene, so it has a significance to the community. As such, we made sure that all the things we put inside do not break copyright laws, and we made sure to credit anything we took from open sources.
We also kept a checklist for the required coursework, which ensured us to never stray from our work.
The checklist was also used to ensure we fulfill the curriculum requirements. We also had periodic peer reviews among ourselves to make sure that all the members are aware of what is going on and that we stay focused and on the job. With this, we have learned much about the value of time management. We learned never to cram while possible. We also learned the value of having a properly and laid out schedule to follow, so as to keep coordinated.
Furthermore, since this project aims to tell people of Singapore's music scene, we have made it easy to understand and navigate. We have learned how to think and feel the way others do when browsing the net and strange stuff on the internet.