Offered from the 2018/19 academic year, the Music & Society programme offers broad disciplinary outreach encompassing the study of music in potential social, political, economic and aesthetic contexts. It is designed to enable aspiring artists to realise their leadership potential in a range of different emerging contexts, in addition to their specialisation in an instrument, voice, composition, or audio arts and sciences.

With the Music & Society programme as well as the concurrently-introduced Music, Collaboration & Production (MCP) programme, we seek to give students great agency in shaping the later years of their study to reflect their musical identities in their capstone projects and transcripts. In time, such students will no doubt also influence the projects and attitudes undertaken by the Conservatory itself, in the process also encouraging collaborative experimentation within the student body.


music & society Faculty


Undergraduate requirements

University requirements (20MCs)
5 General Education modules

Faculty requirements (12MCs)
MUT1101 Introduction to Musical Concepts & Materials
MUH1101 Foundations for Musical Discovery
MUA1163 The Profession of Music 1

Major requirements (96MCs)
Instrument/Composition/Voice/Audio Arts & Sciences studies (24MCs)
3 Compositional Engagement modules (12MCs)
1 Contextual Engagement Module (4MCs)
MUA2163 Leading & Guiding Through Music (4MCs)
MUA3163 Musical Pathways (4MCs)
MUA3117 Music Programming and Production (4MCs)
MUA3260 Internship in Music Related Pathways (4MCs)
MUA3209 Business for Musicians (4MCs)
MUA3178 3rd Year Project (6MCs)
MUA4178 Capstone Project (10MCs)
1 Professional Integration Module (4MCs)
4 modules from the Music & Society Basket (16MCs)

  • Minimum of 4 modules with at least 2 modules at 3000 Level or above.

  • Music & Society Basket modules available below.

Unrestricted elective modules (32MCs)


*Students who have already completed a Minor in Music & Society and wish to be considered for a BMus in Music & Society must fulfil the Conservatory's audition requirements.


Music & Society Basket Modules +

Choose 4 from the below modules, with at least 2 modules at 3000 level or above.

Additional NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) as well as Music modules are also applicable. For queries, please contact Assoc Prof Ho Chee Kong, Academic Coordinator for Music & Society at

Southeast Asian Studies

  • SE1101E Southeast Asia: A Changing Region
  • SE2210 Popular Culture in Southeast Asia
  • SE2214 Arts of Southeast Asia
  • SE2221 Old and New Music in Southeast Asia
  • SE2224 Unmasked! An Introduction to Traditional Dance in SEA
  • SE3210 Studies in Southeast Asian Arts
  • SE3214 Heritage and Heritagescapes in Southeast Asia
  • SE3219 Country Studies: Island Southeast Asia
  • SE3221 Traditional Music in a SE Asian Country
  • SE3230 Seen and Unseen: Explorations in Balinese Theatre

Communications and New Media

  • NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society
  • NM2101 Theories of Communications and New Media
  • NM2103 Quantitative Research Methods
  • NM2104 Qualitative Communication Research Methods
  • NM2213 Introduction to Human – Computer Interaction Design
  • NM3216 Game Design
  • NM3222 Interactive Storytelling
  • NM3226 Location-based Interactive Experiences
  • NM3228 Interactive Sequential Art
  • NM4224 Sound and Interaction
  • NM4226 Interactive Media Design Capstone Project