Diploma In Music Performance

January, May and September
Course Duration
2.5 years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full Time
Approval Code
R/212/4/0054; 12/2027
Accreditation Code


Sharpening your music skills through solo and ensemble training, our programme is suitable for students who are eager to earn an additional qualification while making and learning about music that covers from theory to technology; the various genres ranging from pop and jazz to classical music to cater to your diverse needs....

Towards the end of your diploma, all students would also have to sign off with an internship as preparation and before advancing towards real-world experiences.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates may be admitted into the music programs by meeting BOTH academic and music requirements below:

Academic Requirements

Candidates must meet either of the following requirements:


Pass with at least a ‘Cʼ grade (Credit) in 3 subjects


Pass with a minimum of GPA of 2.0 (Grade C) in 1 subject


Pass with at least a ‘Bʼ grade in 3 subjects

​SKM/KKM (Level 3)

Pass SPM with at least a Credit in 1 subject and ‘program pengukuhanʼ (if needed)

​KKM (Level 3)

Pass with a minimum CGPA of 2.0


Pass (pangkat maqbul)

Other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government

AND, pass Music Audition

Music Audition Requirements

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
  • Classical Music: 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)
  • Contemporary Music: 3 pieces of contrasting styles (preferably contemporary styles: jazz, pop, rock, Latin, popular styles, etc.)
  • 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

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
Band 2
B1 (with at least 2 skill at B1)
SPM English
Grade B+
UEC English Language
Grade A2
SPM English Language 1119/O-Level/IGCSE
Grade C
Cambridge English Qualification Test / Linguaskill
Pearson Test

  • Noted: Candidates who scored lower than above requirement will have to take the SE004 Basic English subject before taking the SE005 English Foundation subject in the foundation year.
For International Students
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
(B1 Preliminary, B2 First, C1 Advanced C2 Proficiency, Linguaskill Online)
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Band 4.0
PTE Academic / Academic (online)
Band 3

  • Applicants who have an academic qualification from a higher learning institution which uses the English Language as a medium of instruction may be granted an exemption from the University English Language requirements.
  • 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.

Courses Offered

Core Courses
  • Choir 1-4 or Orchestra 1-4
  • Recital Attendance 1-4
  • Masterclass Attendance 1-4
  • Theory Rudiments 1-2
  • Theory Studies 1-2 or Jazz Theory Studies 1-2
  • Aural Training 1-4
  • Keyboard Harmony
  • Professional Skills
  • Listening Skills
  • Music in Malaysia – A Survey
  • Introduction to MIDI and Notation
  • Classical Music Survey or Popular Music and Jazz Survey
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Major Instrument 1-5
  • Minor Instrument 1-2
Specialised Core Courses
  • Performance Skills 1-2
  • Chamber Music Ensemble 1-3 or Modern Band 1-3
  • Internship
  • Recital
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
  • Malaysian Studies or Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2
    (Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2)
  • Malaysian Eco-Tourism
  • Professional Skills
  • Extra-Curricular Learning Experience 1-2

Career Opportunities


Solo and Chamber Ensemble, Recording Artist, Concert Performer.

Music Technology

Production, recording.

Music Business

Management, marketing, administration, retailing and sales.


Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 56,080

International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 72,280

Note: This is an estimated fee, as different countries have different visa processing charges and administrative fees. For more information, kindly refer to your region’s counselor for the detailed fee breakdown.

All information is correct at the time of upload and UCSI University reserves the right to make amendments without prior notice.


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