MMus In Performance Studies

January, May and September
Course Duration
16 months to 3 years
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time and part-time
Approval Code
R/212/7/0009; 08/2022
Accreditation Code


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 and yet, allows students to acquire 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:

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:

Bachelor’s degree in related field with minimum CGPA 2.5


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent not meeting CGPA 2.5, but with minimum 5 years working experience in the relevant field


Other equivalent qualification recognised by the Malaysian government


Passed the music audition/ interview

Music Audition Requirements

Performance Audition (Auditions are conducted at least 1 month before the start of the semester)
  • Duration: 20-25 minutes
  • Memorization is strongly encouraged for scholarship application
  • Submit a list of solo repertoires already studied and performed
  • 3 pieces of contrasting styles (e.g. Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern)
  • Only limited to classical instruments
  • Classical Voice: 3 pieces of contrasting styles in at least two different languages (e.g. German, Italian, French, English, Chinese)
  • 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.
  • Composition majors are required to submit a portfolio of compositions and pass the audition on a major instrument
Theory Diagnostic Test
  • Realization of figured bass in SATB setting and identification of non-chord tones
  • Roman-numeral analysis of a brief extract from tonal music
  • Form/Phrase Analysis
Music History Diagnostic Test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Term definitions
  • Listening excerpts (identifying period, genre, musical characteristics of the excerpts)
  • Short essays
**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:

Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications and Tests
Pearson Test of English
Band 3

  • If English is the medium of instruction from previous institution, supporting document is required.

Courses Offered

Core Courses
  • Principal Study 1-4
  • Research Project
  • Music Research Methods
  • Performance Practice Seminar
  • Pedagogy Seminar
Elective Courses
Students are required to complete 9 credit hours from the selection
  • 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

Career Opportunities

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.

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 40,810

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 53,050

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