UCSI University’s Foundation in Music
is specifically tailored and designed to
prepare post-SPM students for UCSI University’s
degrees in Classical and Contemporary Music.
The three semesters foundation programme
includes music core courses as well as
general electives for students to choose
from. Successful completion of the foundation
programme will satisfy all entry requirements
and allow for direct entry to the music
degree programme outlined here.
Vary from course to course including:
Recital / master class attendance.
Candidates may be admitted into the music degree programs by meeting BOTH academic and music requirements below:
(1) Academic Requirements - fulfill ONE of the following requirements:
Min 5 credits
(Commerce / Science stream)
Min 4 credits
11 years education
Min Average 60%
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 Certificate in English 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 School of Music audition and placement tests, as follows:
Performance Audition (on the Major Instrument)
Play three Classical pieces of contrasting styles
Play three pieces of contrasting styles, including one Contemporary piece
Drum majors: demonstration of knowledge of common drum beats including 8-beat rock, 16-beat rock, and Hip-Hop at various tempi
Open score reading
Playing from simple figured bass
Repeating a melody, a rhythm and a chord progression from memory
Key signatures, scales
Time signatures, beaming into beats, rests
Italian, German and French terms
Benchmarking Entry Levels:
Students are expected to have achieved the following levels in practical (major instrument) and theory from of the following examination boards (or equivalent):
Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
While desirable, the certificates are not a necessary requirement. Candidates may be admitted into this program if they could demonstrate their music skills and achievements by passing the School of Music audition and placements tests, as listed above.
*Auditions are held in March, July and November.
Major Instrument 1-2
Minor Instrument 1-2
Choir 1-2 OR Orchestra 1-2
Music Theory Rudiments 1-2
Musicianship Skills 1-2
Practical Skills 1-2
Film and Arts Appreciation
All students must take any 3 of the 5 elective courses below during their Foundation studies
Intro to Malaysian Studies
Intro to Moral Studies
Fundamentals of Speech & Oral Communication
Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.