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 credentials that are equivalent as recognized 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
  • Repeat a melody and a rhythmic phrase from memory
Theory Diagnostic Test
  • Topics include intervals, scales & key signatures, triads, grouping of notes and rests and foreign music terms.

English Competency

  1. A score of 397 in Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 4.0 in International Language Testing System (IELTS) or MUET Band 2 or its equivalent
  2. Candidates from countries that use English as first language are given exemption from requirement (a); or
  3. Candidates who uses their academic requirement from institutions that uses English as the language of instruction are exempted from requirement (a) or
  4. A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level

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' Levels principal – 'A' to 'E'
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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