The Bachelor of Music (Hons.) programme
is intended for those who wish to pursue
classical music studies to an advanced level
and has the advantage of a very broad based
curriculum without compromising the possibility
of increasing the specialisation in one
or more areas. Performance and performance-related
studies are especially prominent but other
areas such as history, analysis and stylistic
composition are also included.
This blend of practical work and academic
enquiry will produce graduates equipped
with a raft of skills and knowledge that
will be of value to many employers and enable
them to pursue careers not only as performers
and teachers, but also as administrators
and managers within the wider music industry
Vary from course to course including:
Recital / master class attendance.
Candidates may be admitted into the music degree programs by one of these 2 paths:
A. Complete and pass all courses with a minimum of Grade C in the Foundation in Music program at UCSI University,
B. Meet BOTH academic and music requirements below:
(1) Academic Requirements - fulfill ONE of the following requirements:
STPM / A-Level
2 principal passes
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Average score of 60%
*To be reviewed by the University on a case-to-case basis
A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
* International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English Enrichment Programme (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.
(2) Music Requirements: Candidate must pass the Institute of Music audition and placement tests, as follows:
Three classical pieces of contrasting styles
Major, melodic minor and harmonic minor scales; chromatic scales; arpeggios in all keys [voice majors are exempted from this]
String/woodwind/voice majors are required to bring along their own piano accompanist or request for one from the Institute. In this case, a fee will be charged. Contemporary music candidates may choose to use minus-one recordings to accompany their audition. Please bring your own laptop, tablet or other similar audio-playback device. The Institute will prepare a 1/8 – 1/8 inch audio connection.
Composition majors have to submit a portfolio of compositions and pass the audition on a major instrument.
Auditions are to be conducted about one month before the start of the semester.
Aural/ Practical skills test
Sight-reading, open-score reading, playing from simple figured bass, repeating a melody, a rhythmic phrase and chord progressions from memory, as well as singing intervals.
Intervals, scales and key signatures, triads and inversions, roman numeral analysis, time signatures, grouping of notes and rests, transposition, diminished and seventh chords, open score, cadences, lead sheet symbols and Italian/German/French terms.
Identification of a range of musical elements such as tempi, textures, dynamics, timbres and rhythms by listening and responding to brief, recorded musical extracts of both classical and contemporary styles.