Bachelor of Music
The Bachelor of Music (Honours) Degree programme is currently offered for majors in orchestral instruments, voice and piano performance, composition and recording arts and science. The coursework is not offered for conducting majors.
Applicants are required to have completed or be in the final year of senior high school leading to one of the following qualifications in order to apply:
- SINGAPORE-CAMBRIDGE ‘A’ LEVEL
- POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA FROM SINGAPORE
- NUS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
- INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA (IB)
- ‘A’ LEVEL (AQA, Cambridge, Edexcel, London, OCR)
- AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
- AUSTRALIAN HIGH SCHOOL
- BRUNEI ‘A’ LEVELS
- DANISH STUDENTEREKSAMEN
- EUROPEAN BACCALAUREATE
- FRENCH BACCALAUREATE
- GAO KAO or PRC NATIONAL COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
- GERMAN ABITUR
- HONG KONG DIPLOMA OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
- HONG KONG ‘A’ LEVEL
- INDIAN STANDARD 12 (Central, ISCE, State and other boards)
- INDONESIAN SMA UAN (Ebtanas)
- MAURITIUS HSC
- NEW ZEALAND NCEA LEVEL 3
- OMAN THANAWIYA AMMA
- ONTARIO SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA
- SIJIL TINGGI PERSEKOLAHAN MALAYSIA (STPM)
- SWISS MATURA/SWISS FEDERAL MATURITY CERTIFICATE
- TURKISH HIGH SCHOOL
- UNIFIED EXAMINATION CERTIFICATE (UEC)
- VIETNAMESE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION EXAMINATION
- Other senior high school qualifications
Prospective applicants currently enrolled in a Singapore school leading to one of the above qualifications in a few years time may also apply but should note that early admission on Exceptional Talent Basis is rare and subject to earning a high score at the audition, sufficient English language proficiency, strong recommendation from faculty and the Conservatory Admissions Committee, evidence of exceptional success (eg, awards in competitions) and with further approval from NUS senior management and Ministry of Education.
Prospective applicants in Singapore secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics or other schools who demonstrate outstanding performance abilities and potential for music studies but not recommended for early admission may also be offered a place in the Young Artist Programme, subject to the recommendation of the faculty.
The Young Artist Programme is a specialised scheme supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore, offered for a selection of students who demonstrate high potential for music performance during the auditions for the Bachelor of Music Degree programme, but were not offered admission based on the academic requirements of the National University of Singapore. The prospective student must demonstrate through an interview that he or she is seriously considering a commitment to a future professional career in music. These students are expected to be enrolled in Singapore schools and are normally aged 15 to 17.
The programme is conducted by Conservatory faculty members and provides professional training in musical performance with supporting academic study on weekends, designed to foster musical understanding and appreciation from a range of different perspectives. The programme provides a place to groom these young students up till the point when they become eligible for enrolment, so the course duration is from the time they enter the programme until they transfer to the undergraduate programme.
Enrolment in the Young Artist Programme provides a specialised pathway for students who are very advanced in their performance abilities to start earning academic credits that are transferable to the B.Mus programme at a later stage. Students demonstrating exceptional talent and aptitude through attaining high scores at the annual jury will have the opportunity for early admission on exceptional talent basis with certain criteria and subject to the approval from NUS senior management and the Ministry of Education.
Young Artists who continue on the programme until they transfer to the B.Mus programme after completing senior high school studies with appropriate qualifications for university admission, can also transfer academic credits and fast-track to commence B.Mus study as a second or third-year student.
Master of Music
The Master of Music Degree programme is offered for majors in orchestral instruments and piano performance, conducting and composition. The programme is currently not offered for voice and recording arts majors.
Applicants for the Master of Music Degree programme are required to have at least a Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or equivalent qualification in order to be eligible to apply.
Enrolment for the CPE Certificate in Music Leadership takes place at the beginning of each semester in August and January of each academic year. There are a limited number of places available for applicants during admission periods.
Prospective applicants should normally have completed a tertiary diploma or degree in any discipline, and should have sufficient music background and knowledge as certificate students enrolled in the programme will be working alongside advanced undergraduate and graduate students in music.
Eligibility for the CPE Certificate in Music Leadership is determined through a short audition and interview process (10-15 minutes in duration). The audition is intended to demonstrate the applicant’s capacities in performance, while the interview will evaluate the applicant’s suitability and motivation in determining if the Certificate will meet the intended needs and desires of the individual. Applicants are also asked to submit any previous tertiary-level transcripts from prior study.