Diploma In Music Performance

Approval Code N/212/4/0054; 12/2022
Accreditation Code MQA/PA7932
Classification Dip Music Performance
Subject Area Music Performance
Course Mode Full Time
Course Duration 2.5 years
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May, September

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.


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


Candidates must meet either of the following requirements:


Academic 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
Performance Audition (Auditions are conducted at least 1 month before the start of the semester)
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Memorisation 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

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'

For Local Students
  • 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
  • English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum Band 2 in MUET; or minimum score of 4.0 in IELTS; or minimum score of 30 in TOEFL iBT; or minimum score of 36 in Pearson Test of English; or minimum score of 140 in Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests.
  • 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.
Solo and Chamber Ensemble, Recording Artist, Concert Performer
Music Technology
Production, recording.
Music Business
Management, marketing, administration, retailing and sales.
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
  • Music Listening Skills
  • Music in Malaysia – A Survey
  • Classical Music Survey or Popular Music and Jazz Survey
  • Major Instrument 1-5
  • Minor Instrument 1-2
  • Introduction to Music Notation and Sequencing
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Performance Skills 1-2
  • Chamber Music Ensemble 1-3 or Modern Band 1-3
  • Internship
  • Recital
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
  1. Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1-2
  2. Professional Skills
  3. Malaysian Eco-Tourism
  4. Malaysian Studies or Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2


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