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The UiTM Faculty of Music began as the Department of Music in 1984 and was situated under the School of Art and Design. However, music has been a part of UiTM history since 1980 when it was offered as an elective subject. Subsequently, the School of Art and Design submitted a proposal to offer the Advanced Diploma in Music which was equivalent to a General degree. This course was approved by the Ministry of Education on 21st June 1983 and the first cohort of students entered in 1984 under the Department of Music, School of Art and Design. UiTM was the first institution of higher education in the country to offer a degree in music.

In 1993, the Department introduced three specialised areas in music to fulfill the industry’s need and to meet the demands of students. These three areas were Diploma in Music Composition (Commercial), Diploma in Music Composition (Serious) and Diploma in Music Performance (Piano/Vocal). The revision of Act 173 saw the Diplomas being automatically converted to the Bachelors degree in 1996.

The idea to form the Faculty of Performing Arts was put forward when ITM was under the directorship of Datuk Ir. Zaidi Laidin. The Music Department was subsequently transferred to the Faculty of Performing Arts in 1998 following a suggestion mooted by the Committee in a conference held at ITM Resort and Convention Center from 21st – 23rd August 1998. However, with the approval to offer the Bachelor of Music Education (Hons.) Degree, the Department of Music Education was established in 1997 under the Faculty of Education.

As Universiti Teknologi MARA prides itself as an innovator in higher education, and recognizes the role of music in shaping the development of a holistic person as well as music’s contribution to the nation, the idea of establishing its own UiTM Faculty of Music was approved by the UiTM’s Executive Board in 2006. The formation of the faculty saw the coming together of the Department of Music Education from the Faculty of Education and the Department of Music from the Faculty of Creative and Artistic Technology. The faculty is currently situated in UiTM’s Section 17 Campus, Shah Alam.

The UiTM Faculty of Music offers a variety of music programmes at the Diploma, Bachelor and Graduate levels which focuses on the development of academic competence, professional skills with critical and creative abilities. The faculty aims to spearhead the advancement of music performance, music composition, music business and music education in Malaysia and on the international front through creative music learning-teaching strategies and cutting-edge music research.





















UiTM Faculty of Music

Universiti Teknologi MARA

Level 11, Menara SAAS, UiTM Main Campus,

40450 Shah Alam

Selangor Darul Ehsan, MALAYSIA

3.065930, 101.504957

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