In elective subject since 1980. School of Art and

In 1984, Faculty of Music
was started as Music Department under the School of Art and Design. Music in
UiTM has been offered as an elective subject since 1980. School of Art and
Design intends to offer Advanced Diploma in Music equivalent to a General
degree. This course was approved by the Ministry of Education on June 21, 1983
and the first student cohort entered 1984 under the Music Department, School of
Art and Design. UiTM is the first institution of higher learning in the country
to offer a degree in music.

In 1993, the Department
introduced three specialized areas in music to meet the needs of students in
the industry.  The three areas include
Diploma in Music Composition Diploma in Music Composition and Diploma in Music
Performance. The review of Act 173 saw the Diploma automatically converted to
Bachelor’s degree in 1996.

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UiTM’s is one of the
public universities in Malaysia that offers music programs which focused on the
development of academic excellence, professional skills with critical and
creative thinking abilities. There are five under-graduate programs offered
which are Diploma in Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music
Composition, Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Music Business.

Diploma in Music is a
student preparation music program within two and a half years before entering a
bachelor’s degree program. This program provides two components namely
practical and musical theory to introduce the fundamentals of music theory,
aural skills, history, vocal or instrumental studies to the students.
Additionally, the program also provides opportunities for students to engage in
solo performances as well as groups such as traditional ensemble, modern
ensemble, orchestra, and choir.

 

Bachelor of Music
Education (Hons.) is a music program within four years of study. This program
combines the teaching of intensive education with the practical experience of
teachers when in local school classes. The program focuses on three areas of
music namely music education, education and the application of music technology
in education.

Next, Bachelor of Music
Performance (Hons.) is a music program within three years of learning. This
program focuses on the development of student skills in playing their main
musical instrument through solo or group performances as well as theoretical
components in music programs such as analysis and academic project paper. The
program also gives students the opportunity to participate in international, local,
class, workshop, lectures and lectures featuring local and international
musicians.

The Bachelor of Music
Composition (Hons) provides an opportunity for students to choose work in the
field of Popular Music or Fine Arts. This three-year music program gives
students the opportunity to explore their musical ideas and their own voice
composition through exposure to the diversity of musical styles, theories and
literature including orchestral techniques, backbone and tone structure, new
music, organizers, film scores and technology music.

Same goes with the Bachelor
of Business Music (Hons.) which enables students to develop critical
expectations and needs in a business environment and critical music management
by working in business leadership and ethics, studying cases and through famous
guest lectures. This three-year degree program also focuses on the required
working environment and key players required by the music industry and
professional entrepreneurs.

Diploma and degree
programs are a challenging music field that requires thinking skills,
intelligence, patience and persistence. Creative talents born from a student
should be planted with expert guidance. A thorough understanding of the
diversity of music, style and genre along with the spirit to convey human
emotion through sounds is a key feature of a successful person. Therefore,
students at Faculty of Music UiTM will maintain a strong work ethic in research
and academic excellence.

Students of UiTM Faculty
of Music have the option of learning the classical, jazz, modern or Malaysian
traditional music style. The course will cover studies, forms and principles
analysis, aural training, interpretation, performance study, history, and
advanced Malaysian music. In addition, students will be involved in music
performances such as choirs, orchestras, large groups, guitar ensembles etc.
For traditional music courses, it included Gamelan, Caklempong, Keroncong, Asli
and Malay percussion.

            Malay
traditional music is a heritage of Malaysia that must be preserved so that
Malaysia’s identity can be maintained. It has various types of music including Inang,
Joget, Zapin, Nobat, Kompang, Ghazal, Dondang Sayang etc. However, this kind of
music are still unfamiliar among the younger generation. Hence, it is important
especially for the younger generation to preserve the Malay culture as it
symbolizes the historical value of the Malay community and is dedicated to
supporting the economic stability in Malaysia as well as contributed to the
diversity of Malay culture in Malaysia which represents of our lifestyle and
identity (Zaharul & Shahanum, 2015).  

Traditional music courses
in UiTM Faculty of Music focused on several types of ensemble which are
Gamelan, Caklempong, Keroncong, Asli, Malay Percussion etc. The way of teaching
and learning traditional music is different among lecturers in the music
faculty. However, most lecturers begin teaching sessions with the introduction
of the cultural context and traditional music backgrounds concerned before
moving into practical components. The lecturer will explain about the history,
ethics in training and performances, explaining the role of each musical
instrument in the ensemble as well as aspects of the care and maintenance of traditional musical instruments. For
example, in Keroncong ensemble learning process, the most important learning
method is that students need to play music that have been taught and
practically practiced and repetition techniques are very important so students
can remember what they have learned.