BACHELOR OF MUSIC
Our undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Music (Honours), is at the centre of what we do. Students embark on a four-year full-time programme which builds out from a focus on one of 20 specific music majors. With enrolment kept to just 55 each year from Singapore, Asia and around the world, each student receives individualised attention in helping them shape their distinctive artistic identity, and is part of a multicultural, diverse student body. All undergraduates receive generous support that covers all financial costs, thanks to the Government of Singapore, the Yong Loo Lin Trust, and other benefactors.
The BMus programme is driven by two key aims: nurturing artistic identity as a driver and compass for excellence; and engaging the broader ecosystem to give music greater resonance. We envision the four years in terms of overlapping spheres of activity, which inform and enrich each other. Encompassing all these endeavours is the act of listening, which connects and opens up ever-new meaning in our musical journeys.
The Major Study
The major forms the core of the BMus programme and builds specialised expertise in one of 20 areas in instrumental performance, piano, voice, composition, audio arts and sciences, Music & Society and Music, Collaboration & Production. Students receive one-to-one instruction with close guidance from our faculty, alongside core and elective class and ensemble options. Beyond the studio, students are also encouraged to attend and participate in the Conservatory's calendar of around 200 events annually, to gain applied experience and exposure.
Learn more about the full degree requirements for the respective majors here.
While the major forms the core of the BMus programme, we believe artistic identity is reflected in - and developed through - the educational choices that each student makes. As such, a significant part of the programme involves students building up their own portfolio of additional modules from within the Conservatory as well as across NUS, depending on their capacities and preferences.
Students may choose to extend their Elective space and their musical exposure by taking the Second Major in another area.
Modules in Analysis & Composition and Contextual Engagement are designed to broaden and deepen each student’s connection to music. Following introductory modules in each of the two areas, students have considerable freedom to pursue subjects according to their interests and future directions.
Outside of their solo practice, students engage in collaborative music-making with their peers through involvement in Conservatory ensembles such as the Conservatory Orchestra and OpusNovus, chamber music, community engagement and professional integration projects, as well as self-curated initiatives. Through such activity, they hone their ability to work in different settings and teams, and in the process enrich their own musical understanding.
An important challenge for any musician is finding one’s own special place in the music industry ecosystem. Professional Integration modules are designed to help students develop core professional, pedagogical and communication skills, and to define their own distinct pathways outside of the Conservatory.
General Education modules are collectively offered by various faculties in NUS and aim to develop well-rounded knowledge. As with all undergraduate NUS students, Conservatory students take one module each in five pillars of study: Human Cultures, Thinking and Expression, Singapore Studies, Quantitative Reasoning and Asking Questions.
In addition to Conservatory modules, students are free to explore the extensive range of modules offered across NUS faculties and schools. Learn more about academic areas offered at NUS here.
“EXTRACURRICULAR” MUSIC ACTIVITY
Artistry goes beyond the boundaries of the degree programme. We encourage students to engage in their own explorations and collaborations, and actively create their own bodies of work outside of YST - which in the process enrich their learning within the Conservatory.