Foundation In Music

January, May and September
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Approval Code
R2/010/3/0194; 03/2024
Accreditation Code
A 9724


Future musicians can choose between classical and contemporary specialisations from the start and many credits the Institute for exposing them early to the industry. As a Foundation student, you will enjoy full access to and be encouraged to participate in the Institute's many events ...on and off campus. Opportunities abound to showcase your talent and many Foundation students make a name for themselves when they are still in pre-university!

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About the Programme


Vary from course to course including:
  • Written exams.
  • Practical performance.
  • Recital / master class attendance.
  • Project-based coursework.

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 a minimum of 5 credits


At least C grade in 5 subjects


At least B grade in 3 subjects

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
Note / Legend:

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

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

English Language Requirements

For Local Students
Band 3
SPM English Language
Grade B+
SPM English Language 1119/O-Level/IGCSE
Grade C
UEC English Language
Grade A2

  • 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
Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
42 (500 in PBT)
Pearson Test of English
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.

Courses Offered

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
Students are required to complete 7 elective credit hours in total.
  • 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

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 24,810

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 35,460

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