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Bachelor of Music (Hons) (Performance & Pedagogy)

The Bachelor of Music programme is designed to provide students with a firm grounding in music theory and practice. Along with the essential courses in practical skills, world music, traditional music and performance practice, the programme provides students with a fundamental training in music pedagogy which has a special focus on early childhood music education.

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.

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Job Opportunities

Academician, Music Conductor, Musician, Commercial Music Industry, Sound Engineer.

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 

Semester Fees

RM780.00 per-semester (recurring fees). The duration of all programmes are 6 semester. 

For details on non-recurring fees please visit: USM's Admission Department


For further information please contact:

Dr. Pravina A/P Manoharan

Chairperson Music

04 - 653 4077

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