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Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons.)
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Approval Code A 9726; 03/2019
Accreditation Code A 9726
Classification BMus (Hons)
Subject Area Contemporary
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 3 years
Course Location UCSI University, KL Campus (South Wing)
Intakes January, May and September
The Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) caters to the needs of those students who want a career in the popular music industry. By covering the key areas of Arranging, Technology, Performance, Recording and Music Business (but not neglecting other related studies such as contemporary music theory, ear training and composition), the programme will enable its graduates to pursue challenging and rewarding careers within the industry.


Vary from course to course including:
  • Written exams.
  • Practical performance.
  • Recital / master class attendance.
  • Project-based coursework.
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:

Qualifications Academic Requirements
UCSI Foundation Pass
STPM / A-Level 2 principal passes
UEC 5 credits
Diploma Pass
Other qualifications deemed equivalent to STPM/A-Level by Malaysian Qualifications Agency Average score of 60%
National matriculation CGPA 2.0
International Baccalaureate 26/42

*To be reviewed by the University on a case-to-case basis

English Requirements
  • 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.
Note / Legend Discretion is given to the Head of School to decide on applicants whose academic results are borderline to the entry requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
'A' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'

(2) Music Requirements: Candidate must pass the Institute of Music audition and placement tests, as follows:

Components Requirements
Performance Audition Three contemporary pieces of contrasting styles(e.g. jazz, pop, rock and Latin popular styles, etc.); the performance must demonstrate ability to improvise in the given styles
  1. 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.
  2. Composition majors have to submit a portfolio of compositions and pass the audition on a major instrument.
  3. 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.
Theory test 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.
Listening test 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.

*Auditions are held in March, July and November.
Performing Recording sessionist, lounge musician.
Teaching Private, music institutions / centres.
Composing / arranging Publishing, production, recording, advertising.
Music Technology Production, recording, broadcasting
Music Business Management, marketing, administration, retailing and sales
Core Courses
  • Choir 1-6 OR Orchestra 1-6
  • Modern Band 1-4
  • Recital Attendance 1-6
  • Masterclass Attendance 1-6
  • Music Theory 1-4
  • Aural Skills 1-4
  • Introduction to Popular Music History
  • Malaysian Music
  • Popular Music History 1-2
  • Music Research Methodology
  • Music and Popular Culture
  • Notation Software and MIDI
  • Music Technology 1-2
  • Music Industry in Malaysia
  • Major Instrument 1-4
  • Final Year Performance 1-2 OR Final Year Research Project 1-2
  • Internship
  • University Reading and Writing
(Students are required to complete 19 credit hours from the selection)
Music Electives
  • Minor Instrument 1-4
  • English Diction
  • Introduction to Music History
  • World Music
  • Music and Film
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Song Writing
  • Jingle Writing
  • Instrumentation
  • Conducting Skills
  • Improvisation Skills
  • Piano Pedagogy 1 & 2
  • Contemporary Repertoire Studies
  • Sequencing, Sampling and Synthesis
Non Music Electives
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Psychology 1& 2
  • Introduction to Sociology
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.

U1 –   For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation

–   For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3
U2   –   University life

U3   –   Malaysian Experiential Tourism

U4   –   Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 3

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
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January 2018 intake
  • Week 10, 18 November 2017, Saturday
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