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The power of music

Music can be a powerful tool which people use to express themselves and connect to the world, and this is particularly true for people with autism. Music can be a way  for people with autism to channel their emotions, energy and focus.

The goal of the Deutsche Bank Born to Be programme is to help young people everywhere reach their full potential. Our partnership with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) since 2012 has successfully demonstrated the power of music to change lives, particularly for children with special needs.

Developing talent

We have been working with the Rainbow Centre since 2015. Their mission to improve the lives of children with special needs through education and training made them the perfect partner for the Deutsche Bank-Singapore Chinese Orchestra Music Programme.

In the first few years, the children were taught to play musical instruments as a group and with the orchestra. The programme helped develop their social skills and facilitate creative self-expression. It also gave them the opportunity to experience new things like working with others, playing musical instruments and – the most challenging of all – performing on stage at our annual Dream Beyond charity concert with SCO. Music is changing their lives. It helps them to focus, relax and gives their confidence a huge boost.


Potential for greatness

This year, we enhanced the programme by identifying six children who have shown a particular aptitude in music. Customised one-on-one weekly lessons with SCO musicians enable these children to pursue their interest in the guzheng (a Chinese plucked string instrument also known as the Chinese zither), glockenspiel and drums.

Danish has been on the Music Programme since its initiation. His enthusiasm for music is infectious and his talent undeniable. He has been identified to play the guzheng under the guidance of SCO musician Xu Hui, along with fellow school mates Harshini and Joo Anne. Daniel and Gene took lessons with SCO musician Ngoh Kheng Seng in percussion, learning to play instruments such as the glockenspiel and drums.

Danish’s mother has seen tremendous improvement in him. Today, he is a confident and expressive young guzheng player. “He tells me he wants to play really well, become a professional musician, and buy a big house for the family,” says his mother.


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About Singapore Chinese Orchestra

Singapore Chinese Orchestra is Singapore’s only professional Chinese orchestra. Inaugurated in 1997, the orchestra, which is made up of more than 84 musicians, took on the twin role of preserving traditional arts and culture and establishing new frontiers through the incorporation of Nanyang music elements in its repertoire.

About Rainbow Centre

Rainbow Centre was established in 1992 as a non-profit organization to provide special education, early intervention and professional therapy for children with special needs. The organisation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for children with special needs through education and training to enable them to achieve their fullest potential.

About Born to Be

Our goal: to help young people everywhere reach their full potential. Discover how Born to Be is changing young lives around the world here.

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Last Update: September 19, 2019
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