RM10,500 Tuition Subsidy for FIM applicants in January 2018 semester!

The International College of Music (ICOM) is offering a special Early Admissions Tuition Subsidy of RM 10,500 to applicants of the Foundation in Music (FIM) program exclusively for enrollment in the January 2018 semester. This exclusive limited offer tuition subsidy is to encourage and attract talented young musicians to study for a music degree at ICOM.

Applicants interested to enjoy this limited offer of tuition subsidy must fulfill the following terms and conditions:

  1. Submit your online application to http://www.icom.edu.my/oas by/on 27th October 2017.
  2. Upon receipt of ICOM’s Letter of Admissions on 1 st  November 2017, confirm on your acceptance of enrollment by settling the commitment fee of RM 10,000 on/by 15th November 2017.
  3. Local students must complete all remaining tuition and other applicable fees payment on/by 8th  December 2017. International students must complete all fee payment within 2 days after receiving the notification of Visa Approval Letter from Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS).

Not meeting any one or all of the above will render you ineligible to receive this Tuition Subsidy.

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Foundation in Music (FIM)KPT/JPT (R/010/3/0226)(A10219) 8/19

Program Overview
The one-year program of three equal semester drills you on the core knowledge and skills in music performance, theory, music technology and beginning level liberal arts studies.

In the core area of music, performance, you will develop dexterity in your principal instrument allowing you to master the basic scales in major and minor keys and the chromatic and Blues scales. Individual instruction in your principal instrument will expand your knowledge of the intrinsic interpretations of performing Pop, Jazz, and Classical repertoire. You will hone sight reading skills continuously in your private instruction classes and in group performance labs. You will learn rehearsal techniques to prepare you to lead and perform in advanced level ensembles. In addition to class and ensemble sessions, you will participate in a performance seminar session where you will feature your performance before a live audience comprising of your peers, faculty and visitors in each semester. You will develop your musical ear in a series of progressive ear training classes to refine your ability to identify intervals, chord progressions, rhythm patterns, and to read music at sight.

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In the area of music theory, you will learn the basics of reading and writing notes in both treble and bass clefs and interpret lead sheets, which have the common music terminologies used in actual practice in the music industry. You will develop composition skills through the analysis of melody-harmony relationships found in contemporary music songs/tunes. You will learn score layout and groove writing in order to write rhythm section scores for small bands. In addition to Blues theory, you will also study traditional 4-part writing conventions including contrapuntal writing in the style of J. S. Bach.

In music technology you will develop skills in operating music software to create musical sounds and also music scores. You will also study computer operating systems and Internet protocols to enhance the quality of your application of these in your coursework.

In the liberal arts component you will develop English language skills through writing, comprehension and speaking, and will investigate academic writing norms to hone your skills towards writing term papers. You will study musical acoustics in order to understand and interpret the behavior of sound and its propagation in musical applications.

You will survey popular music from the birth of the Blues to present day popular music, exploring the artists and compositions against the socio-cultural environment that contributed to the development of pop music across the decades.

If you have prior knowledge of these courses you need to inform our admissions counselors at the point of your application to the program. All students will attend an entrance placement examination for English and music theory and those who score a minimum grade of B (83%) in these tests would be given credit exemptions from taking these courses again. In replacement of the exempted credits, you will be required to take elective courses such as Introduction to Music Business, Business Communications and/or Electronics and Computer Systems.

Why Choose This Program

The Foundation in Music acts as a foundation upon which to build advanced level knowledge, skills and techniques.

  • You will be able to enroll for the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music degree without A Levels or STPM certification
  • You will be able to transfer all your credits earned in the program to Berklee third year degree programs
  • You will get 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 students from over 20 countries, like you for whom music is more than a hobby
  • You will engage with music industry professionals in closed-door master classes and workshops
  • The tuition fees are affordable compared to other comparable programs outside Malaysia. If you are intending to go to Berklee you will save up to 60% in tuition fees

Entry Requirements

  • 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


The College operates on three semesters a year and the modules are distributed in each semester according to credit weighting and study load.

Semester 1
ET010 – Basic Ear Training
This course develops students’ aural perception of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ear training through recognition, singing at sight and transcribing diatonic and non diatonic melodies in major keys; triads and seventh chords in root position and inversions; and simple syncopated rhythm studies, while conducting the rhythm patterns.

FP101 – Fundamentals of Music Theory
This course teaches the fundamentals of music theory with emphasis on the application of form, melody, harmony and rhythm in contemporary popular music. Students will learn to read and write scales, construct triads and seventh chords, identify intervals, and recognize common musical terms and signs. Students will also study bass line motion, chord function, groove, melody- harmony relationship, and notation for the rhythm section to create original compositions.

FP102 – Music Performance Lab
This course teaches lead sheet preparation, rehearsal techniques, and an emphasis on the leadership, supportive and collaborative role of band members to stage live performances. Students will build and retain a functional repertoire of 5 songs/tunes through skills development in memorizing melody, harmony and rhythm of selected repertoire, with emphasis on style integrity.

GE001 – Preparatory English for College
This module teaches students the fundamentals of English language and covers core aspects of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.

HM010 – Survey of Pop Music
This course is a survey of pop music from the birth of the Blues through present day. Students will explore the genres, artists and compositions, and learn about pop music’s impact on society in different times across the decades.

MT010 – Music Technology and MIDI Systems
This course teaches students about sound and how it is generated, processed, stored, and transmitted using recording and performance tools with an emphasis on current and future technological applications in music. Students will also learn the basic architecture of commonly used synthesis devices such as controllers, synthesizer modules, and the theory of MIDI, and how to manipulate these to create musical sounds. The study will include the use of music software in the creation of musical works.

PI0XX – Private Instruction 0
This course is an individualized instruction in a principal instrument, which introduces fundamental instrument playing or singing techniques such as posture, tone production, time keeping, phrasing and articulation. Students will also learn appropriate music repertoire ranging from traditional/classical to modern contemporary music according to students’ personal interest and/or instructor’s recommendation for area of development. Students will learn style interpretation, improvisation and musicianship skills to enhance performance skills.

PF011-031 – Performance Seminar
This is a non-credit performance seminar, required of all students where each student will stage a music performance once during a semester. Students discuss with a Performance Department tutor on selection of repertoire, planning and rehearsal of performance, stage presentation and overall mental preparation for their performance. The overall planning and rehearsals for performances are self-managed by students, with the exception of sound check which is coordinated with the support from student engineers. An audience comprising of their peers will critique their performance based on proficiency in instrumental/vocal skills, overall musicianship and stage presentation. The result of weekly peer critiques will be posted on the bulletin board. The performer with the highest vote for best performance during a week will compete for the “Best Student Performer of the Term” award held at the end of semester.

Semester 2
AR020 – Scoring for Rhythm Section
This course teaches rhythm section instrument notation in the common contemporary music styles. In addition to notation, students will learn musical form, lead sheet analysis, melodic and harmonic adaptations and how to write introductions, endings, articulation and dynamics to add color and texture to their arrangements.

CH010 – Contemporary Music Harmony
This course explores secondary and extended dominant relationships in major key harmony, and introduces principles of linear harmonic continuity, guide tone lines, and subdominant minor in minor key harmony. Students will also study melodic construction and motif development, along with Blues theory and chord progressions.

ET020 – Intermediate Ear Training
This course develops students’ aural perception of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ear training through recognition, singing at sight and transcribing major and minor keys, major, minor and modal chord progressions, and complex syncopated rhythms including triplets, while conducting the melodic and rhythmic patterns.

MT106 – Computer Applications in Business
This course introduces the application of computer technologies and software applications in business operations. Students will familiarize themselves with desktop and mobile ecosystems, internet and communication technologies, and the application of office tools such as word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students will also learn to use web and social media tools to create online content.

PI1XX – Private Instruction 1
This course is an individualized instruction that develops student’s instrumental proficiency in the areas of scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, sight-reading, and study of repertoire in Classical, Pop, and Jazz. Students will also develop individual performance style along with basic improvisation methods.

PS010 – Music Performance Studies 1
This course develops student’s instrumental/vocal skills in the areas of reading scores and parts, time & rhythm keeping and basic comping and improvisation techniques. Students will then learn how to apply these skills to their performance in an ensemble (group performance) setting to produce a cohesive group sound.

TM010 – Traditional Harmony & Composition
This course teaches the analysis and composition of functional tonal harmony, with emphasis on voice leading, melodic writing, and figured bass. Students will also learn chromatic harmony, 19th century small forms and modulations through analysis and writing assignments.

TM020 – Traditional 2-Part Writing
This course teaches students the principles within common-practice of writing and performing species and free counterpoint primarily for two-part writing. Students will develop skills of writing several species of increasing complexity (species I-V) with a cantus firmus to attain the ability to write free counterpoint. Students will learn binary forms, canon writing, and explore melody-harmony relationship in contrapuntal music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods to contemporary tonal practices.

Semester 3

CH020 – Advanced Contemporary Music Harmony

This course focuses on the analysis and application of major and minor key harmony; chord scale theory; modal harmony & composition; reharmonization and its application for writing introductions, interludes, turnarounds and extended endings.

ET111 – Aural Training
This course develops students’ aural perception of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ear training through recognition, singing at sight and transcribing chromatically altered melodies, secondary dominant chord progressions with tensions, and complex irregular rhythmic patterns, while conducting the melodic and rhythmic patterns.

GE013 – Academic Writing in English
This course introduces academic writing in the English language to develop students’ ability to draw inferences, identify primary and secondary sources, and to articulate personal responses and opinions in class discussions and writing assessments (critical thinking, argumentative writing). Students will learn the conventions, and appropriate use of syntax, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary, along with the format and structure of document design (margins, paragraphing, page numbers, referencing).

GE020 – Acoustics for Musicians
This course teaches students the production and behavior of sound and its musical applications. Students will learn about the nature of sound, sound propagation, the behavior of sound in the environment, and the sound production mechanisms of musical instruments. The study will also include the process of how physical properties are applied to the design and construction of musical instruments and about how humans hear and interpret sound.

PI2XX – Private Instruction 3
This course is an individualized instruction that develops student’s instrumental proficiency in the area of scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, sight-reading, and study of repertoire in Classical, Pop, and Jazz. Students will also develop individual performance style along with improvisation method.

PS020 – Music Performance Studies 2
This course continues with the development student’s instrumental/vocal skills in the areas of reading scores and parts, time & rhythm keeping and developing, comping and improvisation techniques. Students will then learn how to apply these skills to their performance in an ensemble (group performance) setting to produce a cohesive and interactive group sound.

TM121 – J. S. Bach Inventions
This course teaches students the principles of writing Two and Three-Part Inventions in the style of J.S. Bach. Students will learn the concepts of double and triple counterpoint and develop skills to write using the formal designs and compositional devices of two and three-part inventions. Students will also learn formal and harmonic analysis of selected work and its application to their own compositions.


Education Pathway

Our graduates have continued their studies for either the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music (Please check out how to apply here) or for the degree programs at the Berklee College of Music. Several have continued their studies for an undergraduate degree in Australia and in other countries.

Teaching Methods
You will receive interactive lectures, in-class activities, seminars and tutorials, with practical hands-on applications. 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.

Credit Transfer
ICOM has an articulation agreement with the Berklee to pave the way for you to transfer all your credits in the program towards your 3rd year undergraduate degree at Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). In order for you to transfer credits to Berklee, you must achieve a minimum grade of C (73%) in each course at ICOM in order to be eligible for direct credit transfer.

You may carry grades below a grade of C in liberal arts courses and still progress to Berklee, but these courses would not be given credit transfer and you will need to retake these same courses or other courses there.

The Berklee College of Music hosts admissions auditions at ICOM annually and you will have the opportunity to attend the audition and interview process during your study in the program. These admissions auditions also provide opportunities for you to gain tuition scholarship of up to 50% of the tuition fees at Berklee.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fee

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 TOTAL (RM)
TUITION FEE 20,000 15,000 15,000 50,000

OTHER FEES (Mandatory)
Application Fee (Payable upon application) MYR 350
Library Deposit (Payable in Semester 1) – Refundable MYR 500

Applicable to International Students
Student Pass/Visa (Non-Refundable) MYR 2,500
Security Bond depending on country of origin MYR 200 – MYR 2,000
(Refundable upon successful graduation)

Tuition is due on or prior to the Registration Day of each semester. Payment is accepted through any one of the following methods in the Malaysian currency (Malaysian Ringgit), addressed to:

(Account No. 5140-6650-5849) (Swift Code: MBBEMYKL)
Wisma Lee Kay Huan, Lot 14408, Jalan Genting Kelang,
Setapak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kris Education Services Sdn Bhd,
Malayan Banking Berhad,

  • Bankers Draft
  • Telegraphic Transfer
  • Direct Bank In
  • Credit Card
  • Online Payment Gateway


  • The College does not have a tuition fee refund policy on fees paid, but any access fees paid for the semester will be credited to you without any accrued interest for the next semester of enrollment
  • International students deposit will be refunded only upon successful completion of the program
  • Library deposits will be refunded upon completion or termination of the program
  • Installment Payment (applicable to Malaysian Students Only): Installment payment is available for tuition fees only. Please contact the Bursar bursary@icom.edu.my for necessary forms and processes
  • International Students: You must settle the annual total tuition fees and other related fees on or before the Registration Day

Please contact our admissions counselors admissions@icom.edu.my for any inquiries on the tuition.


The College does not provide student accommodation at the present time but we will help you to secure suitable accommodation according to your affordability. Accommodations are available at nearby apartment blocks that are within walking distance, ranging from studio to three-bedroom apartments. If you are looking for accommodation, please indicate your interest during the application process and complete the Student Housing Request Form as early as 3 months prior to the start of the semester.

Your tenancy agreement will be directly with the owner of the apartment. Under normal circumstances, at the onset you will pay a 3-month rental with an additional half-month rent that acts as the utility deposit. The 3-month rental pays the first month rent and acts as deposit and last month rental. Due to the start date of most tenancy agreement being the first day of the month, you should plan to spend a day or more at a nearby hotel until the apartment is made available to you. It is highly recommended that you communicate your accommodation needs with our admissions counselors clearly, accurately and promptly to avoid disappointments.

How to Apply

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.

Application Deadlines

January 2018

International Students: 27th October 2018
Domestic Students: 8th December 2018

May 2018

International Students: 23rd February 2018
Domestic Students: 6th April 2018

September 2018

International Students: 22nd June 2018
Domestic Students: 3rd August 2018

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  1. When are the student enrolment intakes?
    Our enrolment intakes are in January, May and September each year. Please go to “How to Apply” tab for the actual dates.
  2. What are the application closing dates?
    The application closing dates vary for each semester intake according to which country you are from. Please go to the “How to Apply” tab in the program page to learn of the application closing date that is applicable to you.
  3. Must I study the Foundation in Music (FIM) program or can I seek direct admissions into the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music?
    The Foundation in Music (FIM) teaches the fundamentals of contemporary music theory, harmony, performance and music technology, hence it is mandatory for all students intending to read the undergraduate degrees to experience the carefully developed curriculum. If you have studied contemporary music theory, harmony, performance or music technology at another institution and are able to demonstrate proficiency in these, you should speak to the admissions counselor and send curriculum details and transcript for the review of the Admissions Steering Committee. You will be asked to sit for placement tests, auditions, and or special tests to ascertain your level of knowledge and ability before waiver of credit can be awarded. A minimum grade of ‘B’ (80%) is required to award credit waiver. Please know that the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) mandates that any credit waiver must be replaced with elective course credits for the same or more credit value of the replaced credit value.
  4. What are the career prospects in music?
    The music industry is growing steadily every year and the need for qualified musicians is always in demand. From songwriters, arrangers, engineers, performers and music business executives the entertainment industry is vying for music graduates with the knowledge and skills to shape the future growth of the industry. More than 90% of our graduates clinch employment offers in music in their final year. Please go to the Program Details tab in the program pages to learn of the types of careers available to you based on your interest.
  5. Are the courses and programs accredited?
    All courses offered at ICOM are approved by the Malaysian Ministry of Education and accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). In addition, the programs are also internationally validated and recognized by our university partners overseas.
  6. Do you offer tuition scholarships?
    No, there are no tuition scholarships available at the present time, due to the heavily subsidized tuition fee by the Board of Governors. However, there is a range of financial aid options, which include the national higher education student loan (PTPTN), EPF withdrawal, etc., to help you realize your education goals. If you are an international student, you may apply for financial aid in your country either through government agencies, private companies, houses of faith and/or arts foundations.
  7. Can I pay tuition fees by installment?
    Malaysian students have the option to pay the semester tuition fees in two or three installments. However, the installment fees must be paid by post-dated cheques from a local bank and dated no later than the 5th of the month. Please speak to the Bursar for further information pertaining to the fee payment. There is no installment payment option for international students and you are required to pay the Annual tuition fees in full.
  8. Do you provide accommodation?
    The Office of Registrar and Student Services (ORSS) will assist you to secure suitable accommodation according to your affordability. Many of our students stay at nearby condominiums that are either within walking distance to ICOM or are a 15- minute bus ride. Monthly rental rates range between RM450 to RM650 per month for a room, depending on the square foot size and the type of facilities available. As rooms are in demand at the start of every semester it is important for you to submit the Housing Request Form as soon as possible to secure a choice room.
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