Bachelor Of Classical Music (Hons.)

Approval Code R2/212/6/0019; 03/2024
Accreditation Code A 9725
Classification BMus (Hons)
Subject Area Classical
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 3 years
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May and September

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 and beyond. 


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:


Candidates must meet either of the following requirements: 


Academic Requirements
At least 2 principal passes with minimum CGPA of 2.0
A Level
2 principal passes
At least B grade in 5 subjects
UCSI Foundation Year  / Foundation programs from other higher learning institutions / National Matriculation/ Pre-U2 Singapore/ Diploma (Level 4 KKM)
Pass with minimum CGPA of 2.0
High/Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) / Canadian Grade 12 – title following various districts in Canada / Canadian Pre-University (CPU) / Canadian International Matriculation (CIMP)/ SAM / AUSMAT / SACE / TEE / HSC (NSW) / NTCE / WACE
Pass with a minimum of 60%
Or, Other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government
Passed the music audition


Performance Audition (Auditions are conducted at least 1 month before the start of the semester)
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Memorization is strongly encouraged for scholarship application
  • 3 pieces of contrasting styles (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern)
    • Classical Voice: 3 pieces of contrasting styles in at least two different languages (e.g. German, Italian, French, English, Chinese)
  • 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 are required to submit a portfolio of compositions and pass the audition on a major instrument
Aural Diagnostic Test
Theory Diagnostic Test
  • Topics include intervals; scales and key signatures; triads & 7th chords and its inversions; roman numeral or lead sheet symbols analysis; time signatures, grouping of notes & rests and cadences.
    Sample Questions (Click Here)


For international candidates: Candidate is given the provision to do a live audition for admissions. For more information, please check with your course counsellor/agent.

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

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

English Language Requirements
For Local Students (Diploma and Degree)
  • English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum grade of B+ in SPM English Language; or a minimum grade of C in SPM English Language 1119/O-Level English/IGCSE; or a minimum grade of A2 in UEC English language; or minimum Band 3 of MUET.
  • In the event that the English language requirements are not met, applicants will be required to take the Basic English and English Foundation for in-sessional academic enhancement concurrently with the programme.
For International Students (Degree)
  • English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum score of Band 3 in MUET (Malaysian University English Test); or a score of 500 in Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or a score of 5.0 in International Language Testing System (IELTS); or its equivalent.
  • Candidates from countries that use English as first language and candidates who uses their academic requirement from institutions that uses English as the language of instruction are given exemption from the requirements.
  • International applicants who do not meet the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement will need to improve their proficiency by enrolling into the English for Tertiary Education programme (R/KJP/00920-00920) which helps them prepare for attaining a required band score. Placement into the various levels of the English for Tertiary Education programme depends on the English Language qualification students have at the point of admission and / or the outcome of the English Placement Test.
  • The applicants who have met the respective academic programme’s English Language Requirement may be advised by Faculty to improve their proficiency by undertaking the additional English proficiency courses.
PerformingSoloist, accompanist, orchestral / chamber musician.
TeachingPrivate, music institutions / centres.
Composing / arrangingPublishing, production, recording, advertising.
Core Courses
  • Choir/Concert Choir 1-6
  • Orchestra 1-6
  • Collaborative Piano 1-2
  • Chamber Music Ensemble 1-2
  • Recital Attendance 1-5
  • Masterclass Attendance 1-5
  • Music Theory 1-3
  • Materials and Techniques of Twentieth Century Music
  • Aural Skills 1-3
  • Music History 1-2
  • History Seminar
  • Writing in Music
  • Music Research Methodology
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Live Sound
  • Principles of Teaching
  • Major Instrument 1-4
  • Short Semester Major Instrument
  • Final Year Performance 1-2 / Final Year Research Project 1-2
  • Minor Instrument 1-2
  • Class Piano 1-2
  • Music Industry in Malaysia/li>
  • Internship
Students are required to complete 13 credit hours from the selection.


  • English Diction
  • Italian Diction
  • French Diction
  • German Diction
  • Analysis
  • Counterpoint
  • Instrumentation
  • Conducting Skills
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Vocal Literature 1-2
  • Opera Workshop
  • Piano Pedagogy 1-2
  • Piano Literature 1-2
  • Performance Practices
  • Kodály Method 1-2
  • World Music
  • Rock Music History
  • Jazz Music History
  • Music and Film
  • Song Writing
  • Jingle Writing
  • Introduction to Jazz Improvisation
  • Music Production Techniques
  • Film Scoring
  • Minor Instrument 3-4
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Psychology 1


General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
– For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation
– For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3
– University life
– Malaysian Experiential Tourism
– Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1 to 3

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