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:
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 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
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.
*Auditions are held in March, July and November.
Recording sessionist, lounge
Private, music institutions
Composing / arranging
Publishing, production, recording,
Production, recording, broadcasting
Management, marketing, administration,
retailing and sales
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
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
University Reading and Writing
(Students are required to complete 19 credit hours from the selection)
Minor Instrument 1-4
Introduction to Music History
Music and Film
Composing and Arranging
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.
– For Malaysian students:
Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation
– For foreign students:
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
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