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MMus in Performance Studies
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Approval Code N/212/7/0009; 02/2022
Accreditation Code Approved
Classification MMus
Subject Area Performance Studies
Course Mode Full time and part time
Course Duration 16 months to 3 years
Course Location UCSI University, KL Campus (South Wing)
Intakes January and May
The MMus is an advanced programme in music performance with Principal Study tuition (either instrumental or vocal) at its core. This may be classical or contemporary and embrace both solo and collaborative performance. The courses also develop Masters' level skills of critical enquiry and research as appropriate to students whose principal mode of expression is through performance. This will enable students to articulate aspects of their work through the act of performance itself and through more conventional forms of academic practice.
Entry Qualifications & Entrance Assessment
Candidates may be admitted into the Master of Music degree programmes by one of these 2 paths:
  • Complete and pass all courses with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 in Bachelor of Music (Hons) programme at UCSI University,
  • Meet BOTH academic and music requirements below:
Qualifications Academic Requirements
Baccalaureate degree in music with a major in piano/violin/voice performance A lower second class honours degree (CGPA of 2.50 and above)
Baccalaureate degree in music with a major in other instruments A lower second class honours degree (CGPA of 2.50 and above)
Baccalaureate degree in non-music
  • A lower second class honours degree (CGPA of 2.50 and above)
  • Diploma in Piano or its equivalent from reputable examination boards
  • Pass Entrance Audition
  • Completion of Placement Tests in Music History, Theory and Aural
Candidates who do not meet the entry requirement (e.g. a bachelor's degree or equivalent not meeting the minimum CGPA of 2.50, or did not do well in the audition or placement tests) may be considered for admission if they have working experience of at least five years in the relevant field. If admitted, they may be placed on a one-semester probation, in which they will have to obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 for that semester.

English Requirement
One of the following:
  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 550
  • Candidates are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) if their first degree was not in English.

Audition Requirements
Classical Piano Contemporary Piano
  1. Submit a typed list of solo repertoire already studied and performed to the audition panel.
  2. Prepare a programme lasting 20 minutes. The programme should include:
    1. Three pieces of contrasting styles (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern)
    2. It is advisable that the repertoire should be at least at the Diploma level
    3. Memorisation is strongly encouraged for scholarship application
  1. Submission of a video recording:
    1. The recorded performance should demonstrate your musical ability in playing within a group. Specifically, it should demonstrate your ability to comp and solo.
    2. The recording must feature your performance in a piano trio (piano, bass, drums). You may use play-along tracks or a live rhythm section.
    3. The repertoire should include:/li>
    4. One medium tempo swing from the standard jazz repertoire e.g. “All the Things You Are”, “Have You Met Miss Jones”, “Dolphin Dance”.
    5. One Brazilian or Afro-Cuban groove e.g. Mambo Influenciado”, “Dindi”, “Frevo”.
    6. One up-tempo selection of your choice (you may include original compositions).
    7. Please ensure that both the audio and video components are of very high quality. The quality of your submission will influence the outcome of the audition.
    8. Your performance should be recorded as though it is in a ‘live’ setting.
    9. The title of your video should conform to the following format:
      • [name] [instrument] MMus Audition UCSI (date: ddmmyyyy]
      • e.g. Justin Lim Piano MMus Audition UCSI 01122012
    10.  Upload the video to YouTube. You may choose to make this an unlisted video. For more details and technical support for YouTube, please visit YouTube Help (http://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en).
    11. Email the link to cheongyc@ucsiuniversity.edu.my. Please test the link before you email it.

  2. Live audition
    At the live audition you should demonstrate your musical ability as a solo unaccompanied pianist and prepare: One solo piano selection—preferably a ballad or medium tempo swing from the jazz repertoire.
Placement Tests
  1. Music History
    • The Music History Placement Test will cover the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. You will be asked to response to the questions based on listening excerpts and stylistic characteristics.

  2. Music Theory and Analysis
    • Roman Numeral harmonic analysis of a brief extract from a mid-to-late 19th century composition
    • Lead Sheet analysis of popular/jazz composition.
    • Form/Phrase Analysis

  3. Aural
    From dictation by the examiner, you will be asked to notate:
    • an 8-bar melody-the melody will include modulation
    • an 8-bar rhythm
    • an SATB harmonic progression
The courses will open career opportunities for instrumental teaching and performance, and enhance musical skills, knowledge and understanding to a level appropriate for undergraduate music teaching at college and university.
Core Courses
  • Principal Study 1-4
  • Research Project
  • Music Research Methods
  • Graduate Tonal Theory
  • Graduate Music History

Elective Courses
  • Schenkerian Analysis
  • Repertoire Studies 1-5
  • Performance Practice Seminar
  • Pedagogy Seminar
  • Jazz Composition and Arranging
  • Music and Law
  • Advanced Tonal Analysis
  • Orchestral Excerpts for Strings
  • Teaching Practicum

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.

May 2017 intake
  • Week 10, 11 March 2017, Saturday
  • Week 14, 8 April 2017, Saturday - Recommended date for scholarship applicants

September 2017 intake
  • Week 10, 15 July 2017, Saturday
  • Week 14, 19 August 2017, Saturday - Recommended date for scholarship applicants

January 2018 intake
  • Week 10, 18 November 2017, Saturday
  • Week 14, 9 December 2017, Saturday - Recommended date for scholarship applicants
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