Foundation In Music

Approval Code R2/010/3/0194; 03/2024
Accreditation Code A 9724
Classification Foundation
Subject Area Music
Course Mode Full-time
Course Duration 1 Year
Course Location Kuala Lumpur
Intakes January, May and September


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.

Assessments

Vary from course to course including:

  • Written exams.
  • Practical performance.
  • Recital / master class attendance.
  • Project-based coursework.

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:

Qualification
Academic Requirements
SPM
Pass with a minimum of 5 credits
 
O Level
At least C grade in 5 subjects
 
UEC
At least B grade in 3 subjects
 
Other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government
 
AND
Passed the music audition
 
 
MUSIC AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
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.)
Notes:
  • 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

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
  • English language competency requirements are as follows: Minimum grade of B+ in SPM English language; or minimum grade of C in SPM English language 1119/O-Level English/IGCSE; or minimum grade of A2 in UEC English language; or minimum Band 3 in 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 3 of MUET; or minimum score of 5.0 in IELTS; or minimum score of 42 in TOEFL iBT (500 in PBT); or minimum score of 47 in Pearson Test of English; or minimum score of 154 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.
Core Courses
  • Choir 1-2 OR Orchestra 1-2
  • Music Theory Rudiments 1-2
  • Music Listening 1-2
  • Aural Foundation 1-2
  • Experiencing Music
  • Introduction to Music Professions
  • Major Instrument 1-3
  • Minor Instrument 1-3
  • Writing for Academic Purposes
 
Elective Courses
Students are required to complete 7 credit hours from the selection.

 

  • Office Application
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Language and Communication
  • Human Communication
  • Positive Psychology
  • Introduction to Malaysian Studies
  • Introduction to Moral Studies
  • Fundamentals of Oral Communication
 

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