Musicologist Ty Constant will speak about the development of Afrobeat and reggae, and their influence on other styles of music.
About Ty Constant
Ty Constant began work at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in 2005 and is currently an Associate Professor in Professional Integration. His work mainly involves training students to facilitate collaborative music making.
He began his musical journey as an oboist, moving to percussion so he could be in a marching band, and has been drumming ever since he was a member of the World Championship Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1996, he joined the United States Peace Corps where he served as the music curriculum specialist to the Malawi Institute of Education in Africa for over two years. While serving in this newly created position, he mainly developed primary school music textbooks for nation-wide use. His experiences in Africa had a profound impact on both his personal and professional life.
Before coming to Singapore, he taught ear training at Mahidol University in Bangkok, where he also worked with the percussion department, learnt to eat spicy food, and honed his pool skills. Since settling in Singapore, he has conducted percussion, world music, and collaborative composition workshops and performances for local schools and community groups and has been involved with teacher-training projects and programs sponsored by STAR and the NAC. He has also performed with many local ensembles ranging from the Philharmonic Winds to the NUS Thai Music Ensemble, the Singa Nglaras Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, the contemporary electro-acoustic ensemble Ang Mo Faux and the contemporary African group Shumba ye Moyo.