Foundation in Music
Approval Code R/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

International Degree Pathways



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 qualifications deemed equivalent by Malaysian Qualifications Agency
 
 
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
  • 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 Language Requirements

  1. A score of 500 in Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 5.0 in International Language Testing System (IELTS) or MUET Band 3 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'
Core Courses
  • Choir 1-2 OR Orchestra 1-2
  • Music Theory Rudiments 1-2
  • Musicianship Skills 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.


International Degree Pathway (IDP) via Foundation in Music

IDP Programme Pathway University Country Fee
B Music (Hons) 1+4 Cork Institute of Technology Ireland € 11,250
BA (Hons) in Music 1+4 Waterford Institute of Technology Ireland € 9,400
BA (Hons) in Music Production 1+3 Griffith College Ireland € 10,500
BA (Hons) Popular Music 1+3 University of Northampton United Kingdom £ 11700
BA in Irish Music & Dance 1+4 University of Limerick Ireland € 11,423
BA in Voice & Dance 1+4 University of Limerick Ireland € 11,423

For enquiry, please contact us at geo@ucsiuniversity.edu.my or call us at +603 9101 8880 ext 2066.