Programmes

BA (HONS)

Music

Be at the forefront as the next-gen contemporary musician and music-maker.

As an innovative and progressive music degree in Asia, the BA (Hons) Music programme is committed to contemporary approaches to sound through experimentation, improvisation and exploration of new technologies. It is future-focused to respond to the demands of the global creative music industry and deeply committed to transforming the contemporary music scene in Singapore and Asia, offering valuable industry engagement and successful graduate employment.

Uniquely offering five specialist areas of practice including Popular Music Performance, Electronic Music, Jazz Performance, Composition and Arranging, and Classical Performance, you will focus on essential technical skills and repertoire specific to your specialisation, while collaborating with students from other specialisations.

Practice is at the core of this programme, and it is delivered through weekly one-to-one lessons, rehearsals and performances in your ensembles, lessons in music theory, aural training and music technology. Alongside the focus on practice, there is an emphasis on research throughout the programme, preparing you to be a confident and articulate leader in the music industry.

Distinctive programme features include the teaching of live sound and producing techniques – a pioneering improvisation programme for Classical Performance – a focus on conducting in our Composition and Arranging specialisation, and teaching the leading approaches to group improvisation including Soundpainting, Conduction and Cobra.

In addition, you have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary projects with our international partners and students from other Schools within LASALLE, student exchanges, internships, international telematic performances, as well as participate in our yearly festivals including Piano Voyage, Rock and Indie Festival (RIF), CHOPPA Festival of Experimental Music and the Living Composers Series.

Why apply

Specialism structure: Choose from five specialisations within one music degree – Popular Music Performance, Electronic Music, Jazz Performance, Composition and Arranging, and Classical Performance.

State of the art technology and facilities: Produce high quality music in our tracking, mixing and mastering suites and computer lab, and produce live performances in our industry standard venues and with our online broadcast capacity.

Holistic approach to music education: Performers become confident improvisers and composers.

Emphasis on critical thinking through experimental practice: A commitment to experimental practice sets us apart in the field of music education enabling you to readily take risks, think outside the box, and remain competitive and at the forefront of the music industry.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full-time

Programme structure
Year 1
  • Ensemble Workshop 1A (15 credits)
  • Music Skills and Technology 1A (15 credits)
  • Principal Study 1A (15 credits)
  • Music History 1A (15 credits)
  • Ensemble Workshop 1B (15 credits)
  • Music Skills and Technology 1B (15 credits)
  • Principal Study 1B (15 credits)
  • Music History 1B (15 credits)
Year 2
  • Ensemble Workshop 2A (15 credits)
  • Principal Study 2A (15 credits)
  • Music Skills and Technology 2A (15 credits)
  • Critical Thinking (15 credits)
  • Contextual Studies (15 credits)
  • Ensemble Workshop 2B (15 credits)
  • Principal Study 2B (15 credits)
  • Music Skills and Technology 2B (15 credits)
Year 3
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Graduation Performance (60 credits)

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Modes of assessment
  • Studio Project 
  • Technical Assignment
  • Pop Quiz
  • Written Assignment
  • Interdisciplinary Project Process Journal
  • Research Proposal Outline
  • Dissertation
Curriculum framework

The LASALLE BA (Hons) framework is a curriculum model that provides you with discipline-specific solid fundamentals while supporting you to acquire a wide range of transferable skills to prepare you for the future economy and rewarding professional life.

The core curriculum forms the bedrock of the creative discipline in which you will be specialising. The focal points of the core curriculum are:

Performance/studio practice
Through performances and studio practices, you will be able to formulate a reflective understanding of the interplay between theory and practice within your discipline. Transferable skills such as divergent and lateral thinking and problem-solving are cultivated.

Techniques and skills
You will acquire specific techniques and skills to achieve a comprehensive mastery of your discipline at the end of Year 3 to enter the respective sector you are trained.

Contextual studies
You will learn to synthesise, critically evaluate and challenge the assumptions of the various processes, structures and practices. Contextual studies will help you to understand and explain where, how and why your ideas fit in your discipline.

Global experiences
LASALLE enhances your creative practice by exposing you to socioculturally different educational settings and nurturing global citizenship. You will have the opportunity to undertake semestral exchanges with established partner institutions up to a maximum of 60 credits.

The UAS graduating requirements supplement the core curriculum to support you in acquiring a broader range of proficiencies, thus enabling you to respond flexibly to changing professional and sector demands. These non-credit bearing graduating requirements consist of:

  • UAS common curriculum: IN-depth programme (36 hours)
  • Career Skills (10 hours)
  • Internship (10 weeks / 400 hours)
Grading system and classification of awards

LASALLE uses a 5–point Grade Point Average (GPA) system, which will be applicable to all students admitted to Year 1 and students admitted to Year 2 of UAS programmes with effect from AY2024/25, to track students’ academic progress throughout their studies.

Students receive letter grades for each module taken. Each grade corresponds to a grade point as shown below:

Letter grade Grade point
A+. 5.0
A   5.0
A-  4.5
B+  4.0
B   3.5
B-  3.0
C+  2.5
C   2.0
D+  1.5
D   1.0
F   0.0

The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) represents the grade point average of all modules attempted by the student. A minimum CGPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.

The computation of CGPA is as follows:

CGPA =
Sum (module grade point x module credits assigned to module) Sum (module credits assigned to all modules used in calculating the numerator)

All modules, including repeat attempts, are included in the computation of the CGPA with the exception of modules that are exempted or where students were absent with valid reasons.

The classification of award and corresponding CGPA requirement are as follows:

CGPA range Classification of award
4.50 – 5.00 Honours (Highest Distinction)
4.00 – 4.49 Honours (Distinction)
3.50 – 3.99 Honours (Merit)
3.00 – 3.49 Honours (Commendation)
2.00 – 2.99 Honours
Sustainability and care

LASALLE recognises the important role of artists and designers in creating a sustainable and caring world. The curriculum provides opportunities for students to identify and explore issues around sustainability (from ecology and global climate change to the sustainability of their own creative practices and wider cultural communities) and care (for the well-being and advancement of oneself and others).

The College actively encourages students to engage with and investigate these crucial contemporary issues as part of their studies, including through their projects, and critical and creative outputs. Through interdisciplinary learning and strong engagement with these topics, the aim is to empower students to lead the way towards sustainable practices and caring communities within the cultural and creative industries.

Materials

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

Career paths

Music performer, music arranger, composer for media, film and TV, producer, recording and or live sound engineer, educator, vocal coach, instrumental teacher or concert producer.

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Contemporary Music
Programme Leader, Diploma in Music
Senior Lecturer, Music
Lecturer, Music
Lecturer, Music
Lecturer, Music
Lecturer, Music
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Admission Information

Important Dates

Start of semester: Aug 2024
Application opens: 2 Oct 2023

Applications will close once the programme seats have been filled up.

For local applicants only:
Apply by 31 Mar 2024
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview between Jan – Mar 2024
Application outcome will be announced by 30 Apr 2024.

(Successful diploma applicants who have applied for BA (Hons) programmes will be informed of their outcome progressively from 30 Apr 2024 onwards).

For applications to the BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices programme, please visit here.

Entry requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • International
Qualifications Remarks

 

The qualifications listed below are common entry qualifications submitted by applicants.

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level with minimum ‘Pass’ in two subjects at A-Level/H2 Level and General Paper
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • Other relevant equivalent qualifications
Entry into IELTS Academic TOEFL (iBT) PTE Academic Duolingo English Test
BA (Hons) 6.0 80 50 105

ADMISSIONS TEST/PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS/AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

A two-step process is put in place to determine your suitability for the programme:

  1. Submit an audition recording based on the requirements outlined below.
  2. Attend an interview upon meeting the audition requirements.

Audition recording
You will need to submit a video recording based on the following audition requirements and upload it online. Depending on your choice of the five specialisms we offer, you will need to present the following in your recording:

  • Classical Performance
    Perform three pieces: a Baroque, Romantic and 20th century work. You are required to pass the music scores to the audition panel.
  • Composition and Arranging
    Perform either three original and contrasting pieces or present them on recordings using your own playback device such as your phone or laptop. You are required to present scores utilising traditional music notation.
  • Jazz Performance
    Perform three pieces: a Blues, Jazz Standard and an original composition complete with an improvised solo over each piece.
  • Electronic Music
    Perform either three original and contrasting pieces or present them on recordings using your own playback device such as your phone or laptop.
  • Popular Music Performance
    Perform three pieces: two contrasting songs from different styles and one original composition.

Note: Pre-requisites for music training
Previous qualifications in music theory or practical exams are preferred but not a requirement for entry into the programme as you will be judged solely on your ability to perform during the audition and/or the quality of your portfolio of compositions.

You are required to upload your recorded audition online.

Interview
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. During the interview, you are required to participate in a dialogue regarding your audition pieces. Be prepared to talk about your work, inspirations and influences. Tell us what motivates you to learn, explore and experiment in your areas of interest. You should also share how you think the programme will help you in your future career choices.

International applicants
If you are unable to attend the interview at LASALLE, an online interview will be arranged for you.

Additional requirements
You are required to complete an online music theory and aural test set by the School of Contemporary Music.

Fees
Components

Tuition Fees (per annum)

BA (HONS) TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2024 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)^

FUNDED (SUBSIDISED FEES)** NON-FUNDED (FULL FEES)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$9,780 S$13,845* S$21,582 S$21,582 S$29,212

^ With the exception of BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices (see fee table below).
** With the exception of BA (Hons) Design for Social Futures and BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices which are non-funded programmes.
* Singapore PRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the TG Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

 
NOTE
  • Funded/subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 9% GST in 2024.
  • For non-funded programmes such as BA (Hons) Design for Social Futures and BA (Hons) International Contemporary Dance Practices, LASALLE is offering some special fee discounts for Singaporeans and Singapore PRs. Please contact admissions@lasalle.edu.sg for further details.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as of August 2023.

 

BA (HONS) INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES (PER ANNUM FEES)

NON-FUNDED (FULL FEES)
  UK home fee International (including Singaporeans and Singapore PR)
Year 1
(at London Contemporary Dance School)
£9,250 £21,250
  Singaporeans and Singapore PR International
Year 2 and 3
(at LASALLE College of the Arts)
S$21,582 S$29,212
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of GST*) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are uploaded after you have received an email that your applicant profile has been created. LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

* GST is at 8% from 2023 and 9% from 2024.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident applicants S$60
International applicants S$120
 

ACCEPTED MODES OF PAYMENT

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollar. In line with the Singapore government's move towards a cashless society, online payments are strongly encouraged. Below are the payment modes acceptable by LASALLE.

Payment method Payment mode
A. Online payment
  • Flywire
  • iBanking
  • PayNow/DBS Paylah!
B. SAM (kiosk, web or mobile)/Singapore Post
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • AMEX
  • NETS
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Medical Insurance Scheme

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate is $29.70 (inclusive of 8% GST) payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer and prevailing GST rate.

Scholarships & financial support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students.

Application dates for scholarships will be reflected in the various scholarship pages. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty.

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Application dates for financial assistance will be reflected in the various bursary pages.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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GOVERNMENT LOAN SCHEME

Students who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents and on Tuition Grant are eligible to apply for Tuition Fee Loan of up to 90% (degree) or 75% (diploma) of the programme fees. Application opens in October each year. Please contact the Division of Finance (finance@lasalle.edu.sg) for more details.

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