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What will I learn?

Contemporary in focus, the Diploma in Music teaches music that is relevant and valued in today’s culture. The hands-on programme prepares you for entry into the contemporary music industry in Singapore and the region. Over three years, you will develop instrumental or vocal technique, study music theory, sight-reading and aural training, and receive regular performance opportunities.

The goal of the programme is to develop you as a well-rounded ‘session musician’, able to sight read, perform a broad range of repertoire, and respond confidently to various professional music situations.

A typical week involves you rehearsing and performing in a number of different ensembles, receiving small-group lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, studying aural and theory of music, learning about the history of music and being mentored by some of the most experienced musicians and educators in the region.

The programme also provides opportunities for you to perform in studios and performance venues, to help develop your individual stage presence — a crucial factor in becoming a successful performing musician.

To prepare you for entry into the music industry, the syllabus and assessments are benchmarked with industry standards. Through a progressive structure of modules and assessments, you will be taken step-by-step through the building blocks of musicianship and performance to become confident members of the entertainment industry.

The course will also involve community engagement, playing to the wider public and, where possible, industry internships.

The Diploma is offered as a full time programme over three years and is divided into three levels, which correspond to each academic year of the programme. The academic year is divided into two semesters of thirteen weeks with two additional Assessment Weeks (Week 14 and 15). There will be 120 credits for each year of study and successful Diploma graduates must gain a total of 360 credits points to earn the Diploma.

Diploma programmes span three levels, where your technical and vocational skills as well as competence and knowledge will be developed to ensure you are industry-ready. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded with a Diploma certificate. Thereafter, exceptional Diploma graduates may apply to enter Level 2 of a LASALLE BA(Hons) programme within the same discipline.

Career paths

Make an impact as: Concert Musician, Studio Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Composer/Arranger or Product Specialist.

Or make your mark in a related career: Producer, Music Reviewer, Voice Talent or Vocal Coach.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$24,514.00 (15,09,483) per year
Subsidised fees per annum: SG $9,940
Application deadline

Expected February 2024

More details

Start date

Expected August 2023


Faculty of Performing Arts

McNally Campus,

1 McNally Street,

187940, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. However, students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Singapore high school( i.e. Cambridge GCE O-Level/GCSE/IGCSE/Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate/Singapore Integrated Programme).

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 71
  • PTE Academic 42

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