MMUS In Performance Studies

Course Duration: 16 months to 3 years

Entry Requirements

Candidates may be admitted into the music programs by meeting BOTH academic and music requirements below:


Academic Requirement
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
​AND 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
​For International Students

Candidates are required to have a minimum of one of the following if their first degree was not in English:

IELTS – Band 5.0
Cambridge English Qualifications & Tests – 154
Pearson Test of English – 47
MUET – Band 3

**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.

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

Course Outline

Core Courses

Principal Study 1-4
Research Project
Music Research Methods
Performance Practice Seminar
Pedagogy Seminar

List of Electives

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 Opportunity

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.

WeChat Us Now (Malaysia)
Kathy Chen (China)
Telephone No : 18233892868