Building on the College’s highly successful previous music degrees in Arranging and Music Production & Technology specialisms, the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music introduces a broad based route focusing on four core areas demanded of professional musicians in the industry. The full time program is highly career-centric and prepares you for a rewarding multifaceted music career.
In the core area of music performance, you will develop dexterity in your principal instrument allowing you to master advanced level scales and technical studies in major and minor modes. You will develop group performance dynamics and band leadership skills through ensemble performances that play in the idioms of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and pop music. You will also study various methods of improvisation and repertory studies to build a vast memorized repertoire in preparation for performing in gigs. You will plan for and conduct your own performance recital in your final year, showcasing your instrumental proficiency and musicianship.
In the area of music arranging, you will learn score layout, instrument properties and ranges, orchestration and scoring techniques for horns, voices and orchestra. You will develop skills in using music notation software to write arranging scores and instrumental parts for small and big bands, for live show bands and for full orchestra. You will study music composition techniques and produce commercial works for jingles, music albums and composition for visuals and video games.
In the area of music production, you will develop studio and live sound techniques allowing you to record, process and mix your musical works at a professional standard. You will develop skills in operating digital audio workstations and software plugins as well as sequencing to produce your commercial works. You will study and discuss the techniques used by world-renowned sound engineers and music producers in the process of identifying your own personal production style and sound.
In the area of music business, you will study entertainment law that governs both the traditional and digital realms. From copyright protection and music publishing to digital rights management and royalty payment, you will investigate the various legal aspects applicable to protection and promotion of commercial works. You will develop skills in management – of artists and events in particular and learn entrepreneurship skills to prepare for a wide career option in the professional music industry.
In addition to the core areas, you will develop auditory skills to refine your musical ear to distinguish melodic intervals, harmonic progressions and complex rhythmic patterns. You will study music history from medieval times through to the 21st century and through the study you will trace the roots of today’s traditional Malay music. You will also learn research methods to prepare you to conduct your own research in music and also learn how to attend interviews and present yourself to prospective employers. You will pursue a 150-hour internship placement at an approved site to gain professional work experience in the career interest of your choice.
As part of the degree requirement, Malaysian students will take liberal arts courses such as Ethnic Relations, Asian & Islamic Civilization while international students would take Malaysian Studies and a basic Malay Language Communications course.
Dr. John Pymm,
Dean of the Faculty of Arts
University of Wolverhampton – “The quality of the music degree offered by ICOM is of the highest standard. Students thoroughly enjoy their time on the course, and their prospects on leaving are excellent. I would recommend anyone considering a career in the music industry to apply for the University of Wolverhampton degree programme at ICOM – it could be the best thing they ever do!”
Vice President –Curriculum and Program Innovation
Berklee – “As one of our first international partner schools, ICOM has been one of the most consistent and high-quality programs in the Berklee family. This partnership is one that has been built over time and that has extended the reach of Berklee’s contemporary music education mission.”
Why Choose This ProgramThe BMus (Hons) in Professional Music is a one-of-a-kind program in Asia, specially tailored to produce human capital for the professional music industry.
- You will have hands-on experience using the College’s RM40 million state of the art facilities
- You will learn from a team of qualified and experienced faculty
- You will engage with music industry professionals in closed-door master classes and workshops
- You will have professional work experience while studying on the program and have opportunities to network with industry professionals
- The tuition fees are affordable compared to other music degree programs outside Malaysia
- The tuition fees are affordable compared to other music degree programs outside Malaysia
- Although you study entirely at the College, you will earn a UK undergraduate degree that is recognized globally
- You will be able to secure jobs in both private and government sectors
- Minimum SPM certification (requisite pass in Bahasa Melayu and History) or other high school completion equivalent, with minimum 5 credits. Refer to the high school qualifications table to check if you have the minimum qualification to enroll in the program OR
- Mininum UEC certification (Senior Middle Level Exam), with minimum grade of B6 and above in 3 subjects
- For International Students who did not sit for English as their compulsory subject must obtain a TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS score of 6.0
- Pass the auditions and interview process
- *Malaysian students who do not have an SPM credit in Bahasa Malaysia will be automatically enrolled in LN014-Bahasa Kebangsaan A (3) at extra cost
- Foundation in Music Certification
The College operates on a 2.5 semesters a year and the modules are distributed in each semester according to credit weighting and study load.
4MU029 – Digital Audio Applications
This module focuses on the use of software-based music production tools for music creation. You will learn to manipulate various software applications and audio plug-ins to generate audio signals. In addition, the fundamentals of digital audio workstation (DAW) systems will also be studied and will include audio signal and system concepts.
4MU030 – Live Sound Reinforcement
In this module, you will learn the components that make public address systems, their configuration and operation. You will engage in practical application of sound reinforcement techniques through concert sound production and gain working knowledge of sound system engineering, event setup, production management, and safety considerations. The module also aims to foster teamwork and problem solving skills through group assessments tasks.
4MU035 – Performance Practice in Jazz & R&B Music
This module develops your group performance skills, individual musical skills and artistry on your principal instrument. You will explore and perform common repertoire in the Jazz and R&B idioms and learn about the prominent artists/composers in these genres.
4MU031 – Contemporary Arranging
This module introduces the instrumental characteristics of trumpets, saxophones and trombones and explores a wide variety of mechanical and non-mechanical voicing techniques, transpositions, and common instrumental combinations that are utilized in arranging music for horns. The module aims to broaden your knowledge and experience of arranging music for small and large ensembles featuring horns and the rhythm section.
4MU036 – Performance Practice in Pop & Rock Music
This module develops your group performance skills, individual musical skills and artistry on your principal instrument. You will explore and perform common repertoire in the Rock and Pop idioms and learn about the prominent artists/composers in these genres.
4MU037 – Survey of Music History
This module surveys the development of western music from medieval times to the 20th century through the study of form, structure, style, instrumentation, compositions and composers associated with each period/era. You will explore important historical, socio-economic and cultural events of each period/era. You will also trace the origins of Malaysian music and recognize the role of traditional music in cultural and religious practices.
PS421 – Improvisation Methods
In this module, you will learn improvisation methods through a range of taught approaches, transcription and analysis of solos, and independent practice. The module aims to develop your ability to improvise spontaneously using a range of musical approaches applicable across style idioms.
LN126 – Malay Language Communications 2
This module aims to enable students to communicate in Malay language correctly and effectively in a variety of formal and informal situations using interactive activities to enhance communication skills, in particular, verbal and listening skills.
LN 127 – Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS)
This module discusses the science of civilization, which include introduction to the science of civilization, the interaction between the various civilizations Malay, Chinese, Indian, Malay Islamic Civilization, Contemporary Issues Islamic and Asian Civilizations, Islam Hadhari and the process of national development. The objective of this subject is to introduce students to the science of civilization which include introduction to the science of civilization, the interaction between the various civilizations, contemporary issues and their implications on the process of nation-building in addition to produce students who have mutual respect, practice good values and have identity as citizens.
MB422 – Business of Music Publishing
This module emphasizes on the study of the domestic and global administrative and marketing aspects of music publishing. Students will explore how music publishers acquire the rights to music copyrights and how they protect music copyrights from exploitation through licensing, and how composers/lyricists get paid. Students will also learn how to get their music/songs published and how to negotiate publishing contracts.
MB423 – Entertainment Law
This module introduces copyright law and its application to the protection of creative works. This module primarily evaluates the various agreements and contractual relationships between artists (bands) and music publishers, record labels, artist managers, producers, concert promoters, and booking agents. Students will review dispute resolution options to understand the application of legal aspects in the music industry.
5MU036 – Recording Techniques
In this module, you will learn to use a range of analogue and digital recording systems. You will work in the recording studio and learn to apply a variety of multi-track recording techniques. You will learn to communicate with session musicians in the studio, work independently to plan recording sessions, and learn to manage a recording project from start to finish.
5MU037 – Introduction to Research
This module introduces you to research methodology. You will learn research designs, the purpose and function of literature review and how to use library resources to locate, cite, and organize information. You will also learn data collection methods through the development of surveys and interview questions, and how to interpret results.
5MU038 – Arranging For Show Band
This module teaches you how to arrange music for live show bands. You will learn how to rearrange cover tunes (including musicals and jazz show tunes) and to arrange original music compositions to suit the instrumentation line up of live show bands. In addition to arranging techniques, you will also evaluate the role of music directors in show bands and learn how to direct a show band.
5MU031 – Commercial Composition
This module explores composition, production and business principles to create commercial music for albums/singles, jingles and visual media. The module aims to provide you with real-world practices of creating music in today’s professional music industry.
5MU032 – The Professional Gig
This module teaches you the production and performance of commercial music for large-scale events (corporate events/weddings, musical theatre and show-time concerts). The module aims to develop your knowledge and skills in performing standard commercial music repertoire, conducting rehearsals, planning stage set-ups, sound checks, and developing stage performance techniques.
5MU039 – Music & Sound Design for Visuals
This module teaches the creative and aesthetic aspects of producing music using sound design for visuals. The module aims to broaden your compositional skills (writing music to suit visual/theme), arranging skills (instrumentation, orchestration, developing dramatic theme), application of music technology, and technical skills related to timing and synchronization methods.
MB521 – Management Principles
This module prepares students for leadership positions in 21st century companies through learning how leaders successfully manage competitive companies in the 21st century. Students will understand the interactive nature of strategy, organizational design, and leadership. By demonstrating the inter-connectivity among the three key pillars of management, students will see how decisions impact strategic choices, organizational alignment, and leadership approaches, ultimately leading to the overall performance of the company.
LN221 – Entrepreneurship
This module emphasizes on the elements and strategies for starting and maintaining a business. Students explore important factors relating to financial, legal, economic, marketing, decision-making, human resource management, and operations management with respect to self- employment or running a freelance career in the music business.
LN421 – Community Music Service
In this module, students will learn the principles and values of community service. They will be assigned to work in groups to complete a 40-hour community service project related to music. Students will work together to promote music appreciation, education, and music making to an identified segment of society. Through the practical engagements in the project, students will develop soft skills such as communication, interpersonal, problem solving, presentation, and leadership skills.
MB522 – Managing Artists and Events
This module teaches the practices of managing artists and events. Students will learn the scope and function of the artist manager in launching and developing successful careers for artists’, and develop skills to manage concerts and events.
Year 36MU013 – Graduation Project
This year-long module steers students to conduct an independent research in their penultimate semester based on a research question related to their career interest, and then to subsequently produce practical music works (also related to their career interests) in their final semester before graduation.
6MU014 – Commercial Studio Production
In this module, you will develop music production and engineering skills employed in the creation of professional recordings. You will gain a deep insight into the work and production approaches of leading producers and engineers through analytical studies. The module also aims to develop planning, communication and collaborative skills through production tasks.
6MU015 – Performance Recital
In this independent module, you will stage a thirty-minute recital of music, be it solo or group performance featuring original compositions or covers, arrangements and/or music production-based content. You will submit a proposal that describes the content of the recital and resource planning for the lecturer’s approval.
6MU017 – Career Preparation
The module provides you with an understanding of the career patterns of music professionals within the changing environment of professional music, and prepares you for finding employment opportunities (job searches, resumes, cover letters, portfolios, etc.) The module also provides you the opportunity to propose and to complete a 150-hour work placement at an approved external internship site to gain real-world experience in your chosen career.
6MU019 – Scoring for Orchestra
This module begins with orchestral instrumentation and you will learn about the different instruments in the orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion and their placement within an orchestra. Then, you would learn orchestration, how to treat melody (foreground), harmony (background) and multiple lines for a combination of instrument groupings to create texture, blend and balance in the music. You will also learn conducting techniques.
MT621 – Music Sequencing
This module teaches advanced sequencing techniques to create professional sounding productions. Students will learn to simulate real feel of acoustic instruments using manipulation of softsynths and mixing techniques. The course will also equip students with skills to produce Electronic Music using Digital Audio Workstations.
LN125 – Malaysian Studies 3
Students will learn about the political history, systems and administrative structure of Malaysia. Apart from that, they will also evaluate the components of society and unity in a multi-racial society, plans and vision of national development, and current issues such as the development of humanity and society.
LN128 – Ethnic Relations
The module focuses on ethnic relations in Malaysia where it is a dynamic process of social relations. The purpose of this course is to improve students understanding of the concept of social cohesion, a portrait of ethnic relations, the basic concepts of ethnic relations, plurality and a plural society in Malaysia, political development, economic development, and the constitution of Malaysia in the context of ethnic relations in Malaysia, integration and address, religion and society, government and community contributions and inter-ethnic and intra-ethnic. The objective of subjects sought to improve students understanding of the concept of social cohesion, the basic concepts of ethnic relations, plurality and pluralistic society. Students are exposed to the concept of the political, economic and constitutional law in the context of ethnic relations in Malaysia.
LN321 – Logic and Reasoning
This module teaches the concepts of logic and reasoning, and their practical application in everyday life. Students will learn to evaluate the validity and reliability of arguments and conclusions, and identify the reasons that support them. Students will also learn to spot inconsistencies or logical fallacies in reasoning, avoid irrational persuasion, and construct unbiased, valid arguments of their own.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers as composers, songwriters and music directors working for major companies such as Universal Music, Astro and independent production companies as well as creating sound design for computer games, sound engineering, postproduction and teaching. Several have continued their studies for a Master’s degree or have started their own studios.
As a music graduate you have a wide career option to choose from:
- Performer (clubs, tours, studio sessions, recording artist)
- Music Composer for Film, Television, Theatre and Multimedia
- Music Arranger
- Music Director for Concerts
- Audio Engineer
- Music Producer
- Studio Owner/Manager
- Music Educator
- Artist Manager
- Event Manager
- Concert Promoter
- Record Company Executive
You will receive interactive lectures, seminars and tutorials, with much practical and studio-based teaching and field visits. You will have opportunities to collaborate with professional musicians, arrangers and producers and to benefit from their master classes and workshops held at the College on a regular basis.
Application to the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music (BMUS) program is only available to students who complete the Foundation in Music (FIM) program
with a minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00. At the present time there is no direct entry into the BMUS program due to the specialized nature of the curriculum content, which requires firm grounding in contemporary music theory, harmony, and performance.
- In your first semester on the FIM program, you would indicate your intentions to enroll into the BMUS. You will engage in information sessions on the program aims and curriculum content.
- In your third semester on the FIM program, you would complete an online application at ICOM. Upon receipt of your application fees and documentation, the Office of Admissions would guide you to complete the University of Wolverhampton’s application and send your application to the University on your behalf.
- Final admissions decisions would be communicated to you by the University after review of your FIM transcript at the end of your last semester on the FIM program.
- For international students, the College would help facilitate your new Student Pass application process with Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS) in a timely manner. It is important for you to comply promptly with payment of fees and provision of documentation promptly in order to avoid unnecessary delay in your continued education onto the BMUS program.
For students who have completed the Foundation in Music (FIM):
Click on the Apply Now button to start your online application. You will be asked to register with a valid email address and password at the onset. You may pause your application and resume later without losing any previously completed details within a 60-day period.
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