Best Contemporary & Classical Music Degree in Malaysia at Top Ranked UCSI University

Study Bachelor of Music (Hons.) Classical and Contemporary in Malaysia at the Institute of Music at UCSI University

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UCSI University offers the highly acclaimed Bachelor of Music (Hons.) Classical and also Contemporary degree programmes at its Kuala Lumpur campus. UCSI University is the best university in Malaysia for music as they have won numerous awards and the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 ranked UCSI top 51-100 in the field of Performing Arts.

UCSI’s Institute of Music (IMus) is widely regarded as Malaysia’s foremost music school in both classical and contemporary music. It has launched careers for prominent performers like Dr Joanne Yeoh, Dennis Lau and award-winning composer Onn San, among many others. Casting a wider net, IMus has gone beyond excellence in teaching and learning. The Institute hosts its own regional piano competition and it has also branched out into conferences on music teaching pedagogy.

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Best University for Classical and Contemporary Music Degree at Top Ranked UCSI University

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The Bachelor of Music (Hons.) programme at UCSI University is intended for those who wish to pursue classical music studies to an advanced level and has the advantage of a very broad based curriculum without compromising the possibility of increasing the specialisation in one or more areas. Performance and performance-related studies are especially prominent but other areas such as history, analysis and stylistic composition are also included.

This blend of practical work and academic enquiry will produce graduates equipped with a raft of skills and knowledge that will be of value to many employers and enable them to pursue careers not only as performers and teachers, but also as administrators and managers within the wider music industry and beyond.

Assessments Vary from course to course including:

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

 

Core Courses
  • Major Instrument 1-4
  • Choir 1-6 OR Orchestra 1-6
  • Chamber Music Ensemble 1-4
  • Music Theory 1-4
  • Aural Skills 1-4
  • Introduction to Music History
  • Malaysian Music
  • Music History 1-2
  • Music and Modernism
  • Music Research Methodology
  • Notation Software and MIDI
  • Music Technology 1
  • Conducting Skills
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Music Industry in Malaysia
  • Final Year Research Project 1-2 OR Final Year Performance 1-2
  • Internship
  • University Life
  • University Reading & Writing
  • Extra-curricular Learning Experience 1-3
Electives (Music Electives)
  • Minor Instrument 1-4
  • English Diction
  • French Diction
  • German Diction
  • Italian Diction
  • Introduction to Popular Music History
  • World Music
  • Music and Film
  • Analysis
  • Counterpoint
  • Baroque Techniques
  • Classical Workshop
  • Innovation Workshop
  • Instrumentation
  • Piano Pedagogy 1 & 2
  • Piano Literature 1 & 2
  • Performance Practices
Electives (Non Music Electives)
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Psychology 1& 2
  • Introduction to Sociology

Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) at UCSI University

Jeremy Yeo, UCSI University Music student, to represent Malaysia at Carnegie Hall

Jeremy Yeo, UCSI University Music student, to represent Malaysia at Carnegie Hall

The Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) at UCSI University caters to the needs of those students who want a career in the popular music industry. By covering the key areas of Arranging, Technology, Performance, Recording and Music Business (but not neglecting other related studies such as contemporary music theory, ear training and composition), the programme will enable its graduates to pursue challenging and rewarding careers within the industry.

Assessments Vary from course to course including:

  • Written exams.
  • Practical performance.
  • Recital / master class attendance.
  • Project-based coursework.
Core Courses
  • Major Instrument 1-4
  • Choir 1-6 OR Orchestra 1-6
  • Modern Band 1-4
  • Music Theory 1-4
  • Aural Skills 1-4
  • Introduction to Popular Music History
  • Malaysian Music
  • Popular Music History 1-2
  • Music and Popular Culture
  • Music Research Methodology
  • Notation Software and MIDI
  • Music Technology 1-2
  • Music Industry in Malaysia
  • Final Year Research Project 1-2 OR Final Year Performance 1-2
  • Internship
  • University Reading & Writing
Electives (Music Electives)
  • Minor Instrument 1-4
  • English Diction
  • Introduction to Music History
  • World Music
  • Music and Film
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Song Writing
  • Jingle Writing
  • Instrumentation
  • Conducting Skills
  • Improvisation Skills
  • Piano Pedagogy 1 & 2
  • Contemporary Repertoire Studies
  • Sequencing, Sampling and Synthesis
Electives (Non Music Electives)
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Psychology 1& 2
  • Introduction to Sociology

Le Quadri Ballroom

The Le Quadri Ballroom, plays host to most of the classical music concerts held by the Institute of Music. It also houses

UCSI University’s very own Steinway Concert Grand Piano.

Recording Studio

Maxy Chan, UCSI University Music student wins Gold Award at the Grand Finals in Taiwan

Maxy Chan, UCSI University Music student wins Gold Award at the Grand Finals in Taiwan

The recording studio located in the Recital Hall is a professional 24-track digital recording and editing studio with an attached control room that is connected to the Recital Hall for live recording purposes. Equipped to handle small to integrated productions, advanced editing and CD-R burning, it is available for stereo recording, multi-track recording, fully automated mix-down, CD writing or audio/CD-R production and audio postproduction for vision.

Recording applications available include instrument, choir, ensemble, jazz and pop bands, drums, voice-overs, musicals, vocals, backing tapes, background music, minus ones for lip-syncing, minus ones for vocal performances and video soundtracks. A valuable teaching facility, the studio is also used for many of our audio engineering courses to enable students to work in a setting that closely parallels the professional music world.

Music Teaching Studios and Classroom Facilities

The Music Faculty includes many distinguished performers who enjoy reputations in Asia and Europe, as well as well-qualified

UCSI University School of Music Master Class

UCSI University School of Music Master Class

teachers and lecturers renowned for their passion and dedication in helping students achieve their full potential. The teaching studios and classrooms are equipped with a piano and grand pianos, and designed to provide a conducive environment for lecturers to impart their knowledge on teaching, performances, practices, techniques, repertoire, skills, and contemporary music technology.

Music Practice Rooms

With over 20 private practice rooms (mostly equipped with a piano) for student use, the School also offers classroom space and pianos during the evening hours for students’ practise sessions.

MIDI Lab

Consisting of 5 fully configured workstations, the MIDI lab, with its advanced and user-friendly equipment provides a home-styled, effective yet economical production environment for students to complete projects in MIDI sequencing, arranging, composition and song-writing. The lab also facilitates students getting hands-on experience on advanced music technology that is currently central to the work of any contemporary musician.

Keyboard Lab

The Keyboard Lab is equipped with 10 MIDI-compatible electronic keyboards (for use with or without headphones) that are linked to a lecturer’s central listening desk and a master digital piano. A fully configured MIDI workstation is also available for class demonstration and project use.

Ensemble Rooms The School maintains a number of ensemble rooms for ensemble rehearsals such as those for modern band, chamber music, choir, and orchestra. Through ensembles, students gain vital experience in performing with other musicians.

 

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