UCSI University's Institute of Music is having their Music Audition on August 8, 2015!
Are you interested in pursuing your study in music? Well, what are you waiting for? Head on to UCSI University's Institute of Music, also known as IMus wehre a Music Audition is happening this Saturday!
As Malaysia's premier music school in both the classical and contemporary fields, IMus has opened doors for some of the most prominent figures in the Malaysian music industry. It empowers hundreds of musicians every year for more than 25 years. Many start their journey not knowing how good they really are. And some had no inkling of how great they were going to be. But IMus changed their lives and help them see how far they can go.
We are recently paid a visit to IMus and we are very pleased and honored to have been given the opportunity to write about the Institute. Let us share with you the things we learn about the premier music school!
- Foundation in Music
- Bachelor of Classical Music (HONS)
- Bachelor of Contemporary Music (HONS)
- Master of Music in Performing Studies
For SPM leavers, you may be admitted into the foundation programme by meeting BOTH the academic and music requirements below:
And after completing and passing all courses with a minimum of Grade C in the foundation programme, you are more than welcome to pursue either the Bachelor of Classical Music (Hons) or the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) programme.
As for the Master programme, a bachelor's degree with minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent would be one of the entry requirements followed by passing the Entrance Audition as well as a completion of Placement Tests in Music History Theory and Aural. However for candidates who do not meet the entry requirements, you may be considered for admission if you have working experience of at least five years in the relevant field.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
In IMus, the teachers practices the one-on-one teaching method where students receives the undivided attention of the teacher. This way, you will learn more and helps building your confidence because you are taught at your pace, and special attention is paid on your strengths and areas that need development.
To study in IMus, you are required to choose 2 instruments:
- Major instrument - you are required to have a baisc knowledge on this
- Second instrument - this can be either an instrument that you had learned before or something new to pick up
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
In this section, we bring the Institute to you. Come! Let’s have a tour with us!
Firstly, have a look at their recital hall - a place for the students to practice and perform. It is well-designed for professional performances and functions and furnished with theatre-style seating for 450 people. It is also well-equipped with sound systems, audio/visuals, and recording facilities.
Next, it is the Music Technology Lab - a lab with 10 fully configured Apple iMac workstations that runs Finale 2013 and Logic Pro X music software.
With its advanced and user-friendly equipment, this Music Tech Lab provides a home-styled, effective yet economical production environment for students to complete their projects in MIDI sequencing, arranging, composition and song-writing.
In addition to that, in IMus, they also have ensemble rooms for ensemble rehearsals such as those for modern band, chamber music, choir, and orchestra. Through ensembles, you will gain vital experience in performing with other musicians.
Moving on to their practice rooms.
Here they have a keyboard lab with 20 MIDI-compatible electronic keyboards (to be used with or without headphones) that are linked to a lecturer's central listening desk and a master digital piano. A fully configured MIDI workstation is also available for class demonstration and project use.
With over 20 private practice rooms (most equipped with a piano) for students' use, the Institute also offers classroom space and pianos during the evening hours for students' practice sessions.
They have 19 piano practice rooms, 2 guitar practice rooms, 2 drum practice rooms, 5 piano teaching studios and 3 chamber music rooms.
Every piano practice room comes with 2 pianos to make it easier for the lecturers to demonstrate something to the students.
Last but not least, the band room. As a matter of facts, 3 band rooms! Equipped with drum sets, amplifiers and keyboards! This is the most exciting place for band lovers!!
The rooms are mainly used by students reading the Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Hons) programme but feel free to join them and have a good time!
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND JOB PROSPECTS
Studying music does not limit one to the field. Music graduates are more employable thatn you might think. With unique skills and a broad range of graduate jobs on offer, music students have better prospects than people imagine. So, what can you do with a degree in Music?
These are some of the career paths for music graduates:
Musicians can work on their own, as a freelance artist, in collaboration with others, or as a salaried member of an orchestra, opera company, choir, theatrical ensemble or band etc.
This includes composing for professional and school band/orchestra film/TV/gaming; educational publishing; children's music; religious music; musical theatre and commercials, to name a few. Besides being a composer, music graduates can also choose to work as sound technicians, broadcasters, producers etc.
If you have a unique voice and is interested in singing, you may also try your luck as a recording artist in the industry.
Being an instructor, music teacher or even a professor at college-level, community music schools, religious organisations or even for a private studio are also a few of the possible career paths for you.
5. Music therapist:
Music therapists use music creatively to help their clients address social, emotional or physical difficulties. They work with children and adults of all ages and social backgrounds and in a variety of settings. Music therapy is considered to be a new field in Malaysia. However, if you are interested, there are few organisations in Malaysia offering jobs for music therapists. Take note that you will be required to take some psychology courses to work as a music therapist.
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