Overview

Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music (BMUS) KPT/JPT (R/212/6/0003)(A7342) 7/21

Program Overview

This full-time 3-year Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music focuses on music performance, music arranging, music production and music business in order to provide musicians with a well-rounded learning experience to prepare them for a professional career in music.

Students will develop dexterity in vocal/instrumental skills and explore a wide range of performance repertoire across the styles of pop, rock, jazz, R&B and fusion and learn how to arrange music for small combos to full orchestra for a wide range of commercial products from jingles and music albums to scoring for film, animation and video games, using the latest industry-standard music notation software.

Techniques and methods of music production will be taught in vibrant settings in the recording studios, using digital audio workstations, plug-ins, Pro Tools and Logic pro hardware and software. Students will also explore the provisions of entertainment law that governs both the traditional and digital realms, from copyright protection and music publishing to digital rights management and royalty payment.

The program is taught wholly at the ICOM campus but upon graduation, the degree is conferred by the University of Wolverhampton (U. K.)

Benefits

  • Hands-on engagement in the College’s RM40 million state of the art facilities
  • Learn from faculty who are also industry professionals
  • Network with music industry professionals in exclusive workshops and events
  • Earn an U. K. music degree at a fraction of tuition cost compared with the UK or USA
  • Guaranteed job placement in the Top 20 music companies in Kuala Lumpur

Entry Requirement

  • Minimum SPM certification (requisite pass in Bahasa Melayu and History) or other high school completion equivalent, with minimum 5 credits
  • Foundation in Music Certification (minimum 2.30/4.00 CGPA)
  • Accredited diploma programs

Modules

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.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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 3
6MU013 – 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.

Careers

Students can either continue studies for a Master’s degree or choose career options from the following:

  • Performer (clubs, tours, studio sessions, recording artist)
  • Songwriter
  • Music Composer for Film, Television, Theatre and Multimedia
  • Music Arranger/Director
  • Audio Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Studio Owner/Manager
  • Music Educator
  • Concert Manager/Promoter
  • Record Label Executive

Fees & Funding

Contact us to receive the current tuition fees information.

Phone: +603 4023 6000
E-mail: admissions@icom.edu.my

Financial Aid

The following financial aid avenues are available to Malaysians:

National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN)

The National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN) is available to citizens under the age of 45 years old. This is a government student loan, which will be disbursed to successful applicants twice a year in April and November, respectively. PTPTN will disburse the tuition fee payment to the College on your behalf, on condition that you achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.00/4.00 in each semester. This student load will convert to a government tuition scholarship in the event you graduate with First Class Honours.

EPF Withdrawal

The withdrawal scheme allows parents to withdraw from their account II of the EPF Fund to pay tuition fees.

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Application Deadlines

January 2018 Semester
International Students: 27th October 2017
Domestic Students: 8th December 2017

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

September 2018 Semester (Short)
International Students: 22nd June 2018
Domestic Students: 3rd August 2018

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