Delve deeper into your craft and develop your stage presence. Find your own voice as a singer-songwriter and/or performing musician.

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 voice technique, study music theory, sight-reading and aural training, and receive regular performance opportunities.

A unique aspect of the programme is the emphasis on developing you as a singer-songwriter. A typical week involves you rehearsing and performing in a number of different ensembles, receiving small-group lessons on your chosen instrument or voice, composing songs, 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.

"I got to learn more about the history of music during my course in LASALLE. I especially enjoyed the weekly lunchtime concerts, as there was the opportunity to interact with talented musicians from all around the world as well as to understand the different genres of music."
Joo Ye Kwon
Diploma in Music, Class of 2013

Course Details


3 years


Full Time

Level 1

You will share some common modules across the Diplomas in the School of Contemporary Music and the School of Dance & Theatre. These shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive basic knowledge and grounding in basic creative processes, as well as technical and academic skills essential for progressing to Levels 2 and 3. The modules also allow for diagnostic and formative teaching to ensure you have made the appropriate choice in the programme.

Main Study 1A (15 CU)
This module introduces the practical application of technique and repertoire for the given instrument or voice in which you are specialising. Group learning of the fundamentals of technique, including scales, patterns, rudiments and specific areas of technical concern for individual instruments are introduced and explored within a structured and methodical process.

Music Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module covers the fundamentals of musicianship, including Theory, Aural Training, Sight Reading, Keyboard Skills, and Music Technology. You will be introduced to the terminology that describes musical elements and structures, explore the conventions of musical notation and train the ability to identify melodies, musical forms and intervals by ear.

Contextual Studies 1A (15 CU)
This module orientates you in the sphere of artistic aesthetics, creative rationale and performance history. It provides a foundation for you to develop an awareness of the relationship between theory and practice, and establish the relevance of history and theory to contemporary performance and production practices.

Performance Projects 1A (15 CU)
This module engages you in music through the introduction of techniques for playing together, rehearsals, and ultimately, performances in groups. It requires the practical application and integration of instrumental technique and music performance skills. In addition to rehearsal techniques, you will be introduced to weekly small-scale studio performance presentations.

Main Study 1B (15 CU)
This module builds on the fundamentals established in Main Study 1A. Specialist instrumental teachers and vocal coaches will conduct the classes with the syllabus, focusing on two main areas of study: Technique (Instrumental/Vocal) and Repertoire.

Music Skills 1B (15 CU)
This module covers musicianship fundamentals that empower you, by unlocking access to written music and structural comprehension of recorded music.

Contextual Studies 1B (15 CU) 
This module gives a broad coverage of musical developments and social movements in history. Music is compared and contrasted with other arts. You will develop reflective awareness through the introduction to opinions and appreciations.

Performance Projects 1B (15 CU) 
This module explores and applies a growing number of ensemble rehearsal techniques and provides you with an opportunity to perform in a situation where feedback is offered by lecturers and peers.

Level 2

You will develop your skills, knowledge, problem-solving and in-work methods. You will be placed in professionally structured projects and productions reflecting industry practice. Skills and knowledge are continually applied in projects and productions.

Main Study 2A (15 CU) 
This module builds on the fundamentals established in Level 1 and is delivered in a small class made up of the same instrument or voice. It also continues to develop and challenge you with repertoire of ever increasing difficulty, while refining and developing the fundamentals of techniques that are specific to each instrument and voice.

Music Skills 2A (15 CU)
This module trains you in important disciplines that feed into the professional practice of music-making, including preparations for interpretation, comprehension, arrangement, composition and production.

Contextual Studies 2A (15 CU)
This module builds on the foundation established in Level 1 and extends your understanding of the history of Popular Music and approaches to collaborating across the arts in the contemporary context.

Performance Projects 2A (15 CU)
This module comprises practical work that finds a range of performance outcomes in a variety of performance venues (primarily on campus). This module continues to serve as the largest collaboration area and develops performance skills and communication with the audience.

Main Study 2B (15 CU)
This module builds on the fundamentals established in Level 1 and the first Semester of Level 2. Specialist instrumental teachers and vocal coaches will conduct the classes with the syllabus focusing on two main areas of study: Technique (Instrumental/Vocal) and Repertoire.

Music Skills 2B (15 CU)
This module further develops the skills in music understanding, conceptualisation and communication that form the basis of professional engagement in music.

Contextual Studies 2B (15 CU)
This module comprises a range of writing assignments, where you will learn to articulate concepts encountered in history research and make clear and logical arguments based on their analyses. This module enables you to collaborate with artists from other disciplines in an interactive environment that is exploratory, intuitive and dynamic.

Performance Projects 2B (15 CU)
This module comprises practical work that finds a range of performance outcomes in performance venues, such as the weekly performance studio engagements. This module continues to develop performance skills and communication with the audience.

Level 3

You will undertake modules that may include self-devised/directed studies or projects. Industry placements with an industry professional or company will assist you to gain an accurate understanding of the performing industries. They will allow you to apply your studio and academic understandings and achievements to the diverse expectations of a vital and demanding industry. In the Community Engagement module, you will learn from non-profit organisations or community-interest-led projects. You will identify community problems and issues of social concern, and use the skill sets and research methods you have learnt to creatively and effectively propose solutions.

Main Study 3A (15 CU)
This module caters for an increasing specialisation in a single instrument, and you are encouraged to refine and develop a deeper understanding of specific genres, enabling you to specialise further in a given stylistic framework.

Music Skills 3A (15 CU)
This module further combines theory and practice. The components in this module feed more directly into Main Study 3 module. You will be required to compose/arrange, rehearse and perform your own original music at an advanced level, thus preparing you for entry into the creative industries.

Music Entrepreneurship A (15 CU)
This module increases your business awareness and industry networking skills, and includes you undertaking community engagement.

Performance Projects 3A (15 CU)
This module advances your practice and musicianship, while also showcasing your work and building more expansive performances to a wider range of audience. Theory and Practice is combined in this component, where interpretive and arrangement skills are used to devise performance and prepare you for entry into areas of active work in the music industry.

Main Study 3B (15 CU)
This module builds on the instrumental and vocal training given to you over the previous years. It continues to be delivered in weekly one-to-one lessons on your given specialist instrument or voice. It caters for an increasing specialisation in a single instrument, and you are encouraged to refine and develop a deeper understanding of specific genres, enabling you to specialise further in a given framework.

Music Skills 3B (15 CU)
This module further combines theory and practice. Theoretical knowledge, practical music writing and interpretation skills are solidified and intersect in the higher functions of musical arrangement, composition, improvisation and original performance creation. This concentration prepares you for entry into the creative industries, with a high level of professional competence.

Music Entrepreneurship B (15 CU)
This module increases your business awareness and industry networking skills, and includes you undertaking community engagement.

Performance Projects 3B (15 CU)
This module advances your practice and musicianship, while showcasing your work and building more expansive performances to a wider range of audience. Theory and Practice is combined in this. All class work in other modules come together here to prepare you for entry into your areas of interest.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, critiques, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips. Studio work as well as group and solo projects will also become part of your student life. You will be involved in a live industry-related project or in an industry placement.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

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.


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

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 31 May 2019. Limited places!
    (applications for international applicants have closed)
  • Note: Applications may close earlier if classes have reached the optimal size. Applications for Diploma in Fine Arts, Diploma in Animation, Diploma in Broadcast Media, Diploma in Design Communication, Diploma in Fashion and Diploma in Interior Design are extended to 31 May 2019. Limited places available.
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 7 June 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements


  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL - iBT
Diploma 5.5 71


This is a generalist programme that covers a wide range of contemporary popular music styles and focuses on a thorough grounding in musicianship, including performance, music theory, and aural training that prepares you for entry into the music industry or further degree studies. 

Students from all music backgrounds can enter this programme with an audition of three contrasting pieces, one of which should be an original composition by you, if possible. You are required to attend an interview with an audition component to demonstrate your creative potential. You are expected to demonstrate a strong knowledge of the music you are playing, as well as a clear vision for your own musical future. 

Music Training Pre-requisites 
Previous qualifications in music theory or practical exams are preferred but not a requirement for entry into the programme. You will be judged solely on your ability to perform during the audition and interview process. 

Audition Requirements 

  1. Theory/Aural: Complete a music theory and aural test set by the School of Contemporary Music. 
  2. Practical: Present three contrasting pieces (two from any style of music and one of which is an original composition by you, if possible), Music scores must be submitted to the audition panel. The original piece does not have to be a polished or perfected work. It should, however, demonstrate your creativity. Choose pieces that show off your technical and musical abilities most effectively.

Tuition Fees


Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs 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 Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% 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 submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00

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.



Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

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 of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support


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. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. 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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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.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

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

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