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Ornamentation in Baroque Music

SG $90.00SG $235.00

Whether as performers or teachers, the most common question that we have when approaching baroque music is ornamentation. What do the symbols mean? Do we start the trill from the note or from above? What musical factors (harmony, tempo, affect etc.) might influence our decisions? How can we incorporate ornaments more seamlessly into our interpretation and performance of the music? Explore answers to the above questions and more with Dr. Alan Choo in this 6-week course, with plenty of opportunities for hands-on application and workshopping.

Singaporean violinist Alan Choo is the Concertmaster and Assistant Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire, the Grammy-winning baroque orchestra in the United States, and Founder and Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional baroque ensemble and Ensemble-in-Residence at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. As a soloist, he has also appeared with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Tafelmusik Winter Institute Orchestra, and more. He will release a solo album of the complete Rosary Sonatas by Heinrich Biber with Apollo’s Fire in Feb 2024.

Alan has given masterclasses at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Michigan State University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. This will be his third course offering as part of the SEA Music Academy Online. He holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance from Case Western Reserve University and degrees from Peabody Conservatory and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory.

Week 1: Overview of Baroque Music and various national styles. The role of ornamentation

Week 2: 17th century ornamentation – Italian and French styles

Week 3: 18th century ornamentation – Italy, Germany, France

Week 4: Ornamentation in Bach

Week 5: Workshopping on case studies of students’ choice (1)

Week 6: Workshopping on case studies of students’ choice (1)

We will play through historical ornament tables as a group, do ornamentation exercises using musical examples, and have the opportunity to workshop individual pieces.


This course is supported under UTAP for 50% course fee support.

National Instructors & Coaches Association (NICA) was formed by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to be the collective voice to support freelance coaches and instructors from sports, outdoor learning and adventure, visual and performing arts, fitness and wellness, and enrichment, to strengthen skills, standards and opportunities.

In supporting NICA members with skills deepening programmes such as the courses offered by SEA Music Academy Online, NICA members enjoy lower course fees through the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) which provides 50% subsidy of the balance unfunded course fee, up to $250 per calendar year. Till 31 December 2025, NICA members aged 40 years and above will enjoy higher funding support up to $500 per calendar year, capped at 50% of unfunded course fee.

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Here are some additional info regarding UTAP eligibility:

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  3. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  6. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

Please refer to the UTAP Application Guide for members to apply UTAP via the U-Portal. Should trainees have queries on the funding scheme, they can email to or call NTUC Membership Hotline at 6213-8008.


Yes, they will be made available for participants until 6 months after the completion of each course.

E-certificates will be issued on course completion to Active Participants.

Active Participants will be involved in class participation: interacting with course instructors, receiving feedback on class assignments/submissions, and they will have playing opportunities in class etc. Observers will be observing these segments of the class.

Active Participants will receive an E-certificate of participation, and Observers will receive a certificate of attendance.

5 days before the course commences.

Yes, simply get your friends together and send us an email to request for a second round of the course! If we receive sufficient signups we will repeat the course.

We do not conduct make-up classes. Learners who miss a session can catch up on the class content by watching the session recording thereafter. If there are any class assignments, learners are to contact the instructor directly.

We at the Academy do our utmost to make courses proceed as planned. However, there are times when unforeseen circumstances force a class to be cancelled. When this happens, we are committed to refunding the total amount, in an efficient manner, including any costs of using third-party payment gateways.

Should a participant need to cancel, we will make efforts to accommodate refunds, though costs of using third-party payment gateways will be borne by the participant.

Late cancellations may not be able to be refunded, as they will have been factored into the confirmation of running the course. We will provide a full refund for cancellations up to 2 weeks before the start of a course, following this a 50% refund with up to 1 week of notice. Notifications of fewer than 7 days will most likely not be eligible for a refund. We thank you for your understanding.