About ITE Centre for Music and the Arts (CeMTA)
The Centre for the Music and The Arts (CeMTA) aims to promote student activities both in the performing and visual arts across ITE Colleges. We are committed to creating culturally vibrant College environments via arts platforms and facilitating active participation by students and alumni talents of ITE.
The Centre’s diverse arts platforms provide accessibility to different genres of art forms catering to artistic and popular interests of the ITE community. It seeks to promote the enjoyment of the arts and inspire greater involvement amongst the community.
The Arts Talent Development programmes serve to develop arts understanding and practices in order to realise our students’ full potential under the guidance of the best trainers. Currently, CeMTA manages several performing and visual arts groups, including That Acappella Group (T.A.G), ITE Show Choir, ITE Concert Band, ITE Jazz Orchestra, ITE Modern Dance and the ITE Theatrical Ensemble.
In programming, CeMTA produces ITE arts events encompassing the strategic clusters – Drama, Dance, Vocal, Band and Visual Arts. Over the years, ITE has staged several musical productions. The latest musical was original production Letters to ITE: The Musical in 2017. CeMTA also produces ITE signature events like ITE Art Show, ITE Dance Emblazon and ITE Vocal XChange.
In line with ITE’s total training philosophy, CeMTA plays a key role in our students’ character and attitudinal development through providing creative programmes as well as leadership opportunities.
ITE Arts Platforms
The signature ITE events organised by CeMTA are holistic development programmes where students learn essential life skills through the Arts. The focus of the productions are on the learning journey rather than the outcome, giving the students the time and space to grow under the tutelage of industry professionals.
Other than performing arts talents, students from related courses and relevant skills have the opportunity to work on their areas of expertise. Past collaborators include students from:
ITE College Central:
- Higher Nitec in Performance Production (School of Design and Media)
- Nitec in Visual Communications (School of Design and Media)
- Higher Nitec in Filmmaking (Cinematography) (School of Design and Media)
- Nitec in Interactive Media Design (School of Design and Media)
ITE College East:
- Nitec in Beauty & Wellness (School of Business & Services)
- Nitec in Hair Fashion & Design (School of Business & Services)
- Nitec in Electrical Technology (Lighting and Sound) (School of Engineering)
ITE Dance Emblazon
ITE Dance Emblazon is ITE’s annual combined dance concert. Inaugurated in 2013, it brings together more than 300 dance talents from all over ITE in five dance genres, including hip-hop, modern dance, b-boy, Malay Dance and K-pop dance.
Emblazon symbolises the igniting of ITE students’ passion for dance, and displays the capabilities of ITE talents in staging a professional dance performance. The objective of the programmes is to develop “Thinking Dancers”, where dancers are challenged not only to perform, but also to take ownership of various aspects of the production. This includes social media marketing, where students manage updates of the production on Instagram - @itedanceemblazon.
ITE Vocal XChange
ITE’s annual combined vocal concert brings together over 100 vocal talents from all over ITE, embodying the spirit of continuous learning and sharing, where students exchange their learning points and share their singing techniques with each other.
The ITE Vocal XChange aims to encourage a ground-up arts initiative, educating young arts talents not only through the performing experience, but also in technical production and arts management. The production and marketing teams comprise student leaders from various vocal and music groups from the ITE Colleges and CeMTA – ITE Show Choir, ITE That Acappella Group (T.A.G), College East Voices in Paradise, College East Dynamics, College Central’s Central Music Club and West Unplugged. For more info, visit the student-managed Instagram page @itevocalxchange
ITE Art Show
Held every two years since 2012, the ITE Visual Arts Show has been offering a spectacle of diverse artistic works created by ITE students and staff. More than 300 pieces of art works by students and staff from all three ITE Colleges and community groups are displayed.
The exhibits go beyond the gallery, the art creations spill off the canvases and are displayed throughout the campus. These include Artworks from community arts projects, coursework as well as individual contributions. The biannual Art Show rotates among the ITE Colleges – the next one slated to be in 2020 at ITE College West.
The ITE Musical has its humble beginnings more than 10 years ago, with the first production of Midsummer’s Night Dream staged at the Kallang Theatre. It produced one of Singapore’s most prolific theatre actresses, Siti Khalijah Zainal, who was then an ITE student.
Many more Broadway and West End musicals adaptations followed – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2007), Grease (2009), West Side Story (2011) and Fame (2013). In 2015, an original musical, Becoming Home, was created to commemorate SG50, including collaborations with community members of different age groups. In 2017, CeMTA produced Letters to ITE - another original musical - to celebrate ITE’s 25th Anniversary. This production was the biggest so far, involving 200 talented student singers, musicians, dancers and actors from across the ITE Colleges.