BA (Hons) Music Performance
JPT/BPP(U)(N/212/6/0035/PA 8529) 03/22

School of Arts


About The Programme

The BA (Hons) Music Performance is focused on Western art music, with training in practical musicianship, music theory, and academic knowledge. It is a practice-based, creative degree programme in which you would be expected to practice individually, rehearse in ensembles, and perform in both contexts. During your studies, you will also gain knowledge in music theory, music history, composition, arrangement, music technology and music education.

This programme is ideal for you if you have a background in performance with an interest in solo performance and/or ensemble playing. Upon graduation, you will be equipped for a professional career in the music industry as performers, educators, and session musicians, utilising a broad exposure to other related areas, including composition and arrangement. Furthermore, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and its strong emphasis on collaborative work, you would gain a wide range of transferable skills necessary for employment in today’s creative industries.



March & August



3 Years (full-time)


Career Prospects

  • Musician
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Music Educator
  • Retail Music


Programme Structure


  • Instrument/Voice Lessons
  • Large & Small Ensembles
  • Music Theory & Musicianship
  • Audio Recording & Production
  • World Music

  • Instrument/Voice Lessons
  • Large & Small Ensembles
  • Music Theory & Musicianship
  • Music History
  • Composition & Improvisation

  • Research Project
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Arts and Society in Malaysia
  • Creative Industries and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Project
  • Internship

  • Topic Studies 1
  • Topic Studies 2

Additional MOHE compulsory General Studies subjects

for Local Student
  • Islamic and Asian Civilisations
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Community Service
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A (applicable to students who did not sit for SPM or did not obtain a Credit in SPM Bahasa Melayu)

for International Student
  • Malay Language for Communication 2
  • Malaysian Studies 3
  • Community Service

Entry Requirement

Average C or CGPA 2.0 (Minimum 2 principals)

Minimum 2 grade Cs

Australian Matriculation

Canadian Matriculation

Monash University Foundation Year

Sunway Foundation in Arts
CGPA 2.0

Sunway Foundation in Science Technology
CGPA 2.0

Unified Examination Certificate
Maximum 28 points from 5 subjects (all Grade Bs)

International Baccalaureate
Completed with minimum 24 points (excluding bonus points)

Sunway Diploma in Related Field*
CAVG 50% 


Specific Requirements

Contemporary Music (Audio Technology)
All candidates must undertake a LIVE audition. To prepare three 1.5- minute pieces to be sung or performed on any instrument of your choice.

Music Performance
All candidates must undertake an audition, either LIVE or by video conference. Candidates should prepare three short pieces to be sung or performed on any instrument of their choice. 

Design Communication and Interior Architecture
Pass a portfolio review and interview conducted by the University.

Why is a Portfolio necessary?
A Portfolio provides some indication of your ability in design and allows us to assess your creative potential.

What should a Portfolio Contain?
A portfolio should contain three examples of drawings in any media.

Design Communication
MQA Programme Standards require local students to possess a MUET qualification in order to register for the Design Communication programme. Students who have attained the IELTS or TOEFL qualifications may apply to be exempted from this requirement.


English Requirements

TOEFL 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based
PTE Academic 50 overall (minimum 46 in each skill)
MUET Band 4
SPM English B3 or B+
UEC English B4
O-Level English (1119) Credit
Sunway Intensive English Programme (IEP) Pass Level 4 with minimum 65%
ESL/English Satisfactory level in Pre-University programmes, where the medium of instruction is English


Note: Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
*Sunway Diploma holders may obtain advanced standing if credit transfer requirements are met.



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