Bachelor of Music with Honours

Let the rhythm move you with the magic of music.

Bachelor of Music with Honours

Experience the magic of music like never before.

Bachelor of Music with Honours is a 3 ½ year program offered by the School of The Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in music to succeed in the music industry.

One of the key benefits of this program is that it offers a balanced curriculum of theory, history traditional music, world music, vocals music production, and much more. They will also have the opportunity to participate in masterclasses and workshops led by experienced musicians and educators.

The program is taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced faculty members who are dedicated to providing students with a supportive and inspiring learning environment. Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including practice rooms and performance spaces, where they can hone their skills and showcase their talents.

Upon graduation, students will be well-prepared to pursue a variety of careers in the music industry, including performance, teaching, and music production. They will have a strong foundation in music theory and history, as well as the practical skills needed to succeed as musicians and educators.

Overall, the Bachelor of Music with Honours program at the School of The Arts at USM is an excellent choice for those who are passionate about music and are looking to pursue a career in this exciting and rewarding field.

Bachelor of Music with Honours

Bachelor of Music with Honours

Course outline


The Bachelor of Music programme is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in music. At the department, students have the opportunity to perform with local and international artists through the various collaborations between the university and partner establishments. A number of student recitals are scheduled into each semester to provide a platform for students to engage activity in music making. All the different courses embedded within the programme is a reflection of the department's commitment in providing students with a well-rounded music education that highlights both eastern and western musical traditions.



3 ½ Years / 7 semesters 


Student Admission Unit
Academic Management Division
Registry, Level 2, Chancellory Building
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel : 1 300 888 876 / +604-6533196
Fax : +604 653 3328

Performance & Pedagogy

Job Opportunities

  • Music Educator
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Music Arranger
  • Private Music Educators
  • Arts Administrator
  • Music Producer
  • Music Consultant
  • Production Manager
  • Television Production Assistant


Admission Requirements

Minimum entry requirements to all programmes are Malaysian Higher School Certificate of Education and Malaysian Certificate of Education with a credit pass in Bahasa Malaysia. Applicants with previous professional / industrial experience may be accepted in lieu of some, or all, of the formal academic requirements.

As for the international students, academic qualifications which are considered to be equivalent will be placed into consideration. Applicants will be advised on the matter.

Malaysian Higher Diploma of Education (STPM) with General Paper and at least two (2) other subjects with grade C (CGPA at 2.00 and above), ***AND*** at least Yamaha Diploma Grade 5 in Performance and Fundamentals of Music, or Grade 5 practical and theory -- ABRSM, Trinity, Guildhall, or other comparable music diploma. Candidates who do not meet the Grade 5 theory requirement will be required to take VZM 101/2 – Basic Music Theory, if all other requirements are satisfied.


Music Diploma from the University Institut Teknologi MARA (CGPA at 2.00 and above).


Two Teaching Diplomas with CGPA at 2.00 and above- (a) Basic Teaching Diploma in the field of music (5 semesters at the Music Department, Teacher's Specialist Training College (MPIK) in Kuala Lumpur, or 5 semesters at the Music Department, Teacher's Training College (MPPP) of Penang; and (b) Specialist Teaching Diploma in Music Education (one additional year at MPIK, and pass Bahasa Malaysia SPM with honours.


The music diplomas Associate of the Trinity College of Music (ATCL), or Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music (LTCL), or Diploma ABRSM (DipABRSM), Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), Associate OR Licentiate of the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) ***AND*** pass Bahasa Malaysia SPM with credit, and at least 5 years experience as a school music teacher or music lecturer at the teachers training college.

IN ADDITION, all candidates must pass an interview and an audition on the student's principal instrument in which three contrasting pieces from different stylistic periods and/or pieces of traditional Malay, Chinese or Indian music are performed, and ability in sight reading and listening (ear training) are demonstrated. Candidates are also required to sit for a theory placement examination to assess their music theory comprehension. Candidates who do not have these pre-requisites are required to enroll for remedial theory classes. Please be advised that these remedial courses DO NOT apply towards units required for graduation.

For further information, please visit: USM's Admission Department 

Bachelor of Music with Honours

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For further information please contact:
Dr. Pravina A/P Manoharan
Chairperson Music
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Bachelor of Music with Honours

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