Foundation in Music (FIM)KPT/JPT (R/010/3/0226)(A10219) 8/19
This one-year program acts as the first year of a 4-year music degree, drilling students on the foundations of music theory, contemporary harmony, ear training, music technology, vocal/instrumental skills and social science subjects.
Students will learn major, minor and Blues scales alongside standard repertoire across the styles of pop, rock, R&B, jazz and fusion. Classes in traditional and contemporary harmony will develop students’ compositional skills through the harmonic analysis of 4-part contrapuntal works as well as of popular songs of the 20th and 21st century. In addition to music subjects, students will also study musical acoustics, English language and music history to understand and communicate the behavior of sound and the role music plays in society.
Upon completion of the foundation, students will choose their pathway to a music degree.
- Meet the entry requirement to the Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Professional Music degree
- Transfer credits to the Berklee College of Music’s degree programs and save 60% in tuition fees
- 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
- Minimum SPM certification (requisite pass in Bahasa Melayu and History) or other high school completion equivalent, with minimum 5 credits
- Live Audition or Submission of Video Demo
The Berklee College of Music in Boston (Massachusetts) USA, was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music.
With a diverse and talented student body representing 96 countries, and alumni who have collectively won more than 250 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.
Through a credit transfer agreement (CTA), the curricular alignment between Berklee and ICOM allows students to transfer all courses taken in the FIM at ICOM to Berklee in order to complete their degree program.
The College operates on three semesters a year and the modules are distributed in each semester according to credit weighting and study load.
Semester 1ET010 – 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 2AR020 – 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.
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.
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January 2019 Semester
International Students: October 26th 2018
Domestic Students: December 7th 2018
May 2019 Semester
International Students: March 15th 2019
Domestic Students: April 24th 2019
September 2019 Semester (Short)
International Students: June 28th 2019
Domestic Students: August 2nd 2019