The Master of Music (Performance Studies) programme, with a classical music focus, is designed to cater to the changing needs of musicians today. It has a strong emphasis on performance with the Principal Study instruction at its core embracing both solo and collaborative performance and yet, develop Masters’ level skills of critical enquiry and research through a secondary specialisation in areas of teaching, research, or community music.
* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2020. (Source: ge.mohe.gov.my/)
Mode of instructions
The programme is conducted entirely in English. It is essential that all candidates are able to speak, read, and write fluently in English.
Candidates may be admitted into the programme by meeting all the academic, language, and music requirements below. Additional documentations such as prior experiences in the field and recommendation letters are required:
Bachelor Degree in the field or related fields,
- With the minimum CGPA 2.5 or equivalent, or
- With the minimum CGPA 2.0 but can be accepted subject to rigorous internal assessment,
Other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government
Passed the music audition/ interview
Submit a complete list of repertoires studied and performed, a brief statement of purpose as to why you like to pursue this postgraduate study, and curriculum vitae.
Pass an entrance audition:
- Repertoire: A minimum of 3 contrasting styles must be presented.
- For piano (at least 20 minutes)**:
i. A work from a Baroque period. (i.e. Italian, French, German)
ii. A fast movement from a Classical sonata.
iii. A work from either Romantic or Modern era.
- For voice* (at least 10 minutes)**:
i. Language: one in English language and at least two different languages of your choice must be presented.
ii. A compulsory,
- one (1) art song, and
- one (1) aria from any opera or oratorio in either the Baroque, Classical, or 20th century era.
- For composition:
i. A portfolio of compositions supported by audio recording or midi realisations. ii. Pass the audition on a major instrument. Please contact the music office for the requirements.
- For other instruments not listed, please contact the music office.
- For piano (at least 20 minutes)**:
- Memorisation requirement:
- For piano, all pieces must be performed from memory. Exceptions may be given for Modern works.
- All other instruments, memorisation is only required for solo unaccompanied work.
- If you are applying for scholarship, the preference is for all the pieces to be memorised regardless of instrument.
**The audition committee may stop the performance at any time at their discretion.
Commencement of the Programme for International Students
Successful applicant will be able to proceed with the programme once the visa requirement is approved and received by the music office.
Upon successful acceptance into the programme, the students will need to sit for the Theory Diagnostic Test and Music History Diagnostic Test. Students who do not perform well in the placement tests may be required to take remedial courses in music history and/or theory. Credits earned in these remedial courses will not count towards graduation.
The Theory Diagnostic Test covers on realisation of figured bass in SATB setting including identification of non-chord tones, roman-numeral analysis of a brief extract from tonal music, and form/phrase analysis. The musical elements covered in the test are from the common practice of the tonal harmony. For further information on the system used in music theory, kindly refer to Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Post-Tonal Music by Stefan Kostka, Dorothy Payne, and Byron Almén.
The History Diagnostic Test consists of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, listening questions, and short essays. The areas covered ranges from Renaissance up to 20th century period of Western Art Music.
Placement Test for both Theory Diagnostic Test and History Diagnostic Test will be conducted during the orientation week for each semester. Each placement tests will take 2 hours.Click here to view the sample of Audition Theory Test
***Students who do not perform well in the placement exams may be required to take remedial courses in music history and/or theory. Credits earned in these remedial courses will not count towards graduation.
English Language Requirements
For International Students
Candidates are required to have a minimum of one of the following if their first degree was not in English:
Cambridge English Qualification and Test154
Pearson Test of English47
- * If your native language or the prior Bachelor degree studies is not in English, proof of English language proficiency is required when submitting your application. If English language is the medium of instruction from previous institution, supporting document is required.
- Principal Study 1-4
- Research Project
- Music Research Methods
- Performance Practice Seminar
- Pedagogy Seminar
- Repertoire Studies 1-3
- Music and Law
- Advanced Tonal Analysis
- Orchestral Excerpts for Strings
- Teaching Practicum
- Community Music
- Music in Southeast Asia
- Seminar in Musicology 1-3
The courses will open career opportunities for instrumental teaching and performance, and enhance musical skills, knowledge and understanding to a level appropriate for undergraduate music teaching at college and university.