It’s all about the mu­sic

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

THE In­ter­na­tional Col­lege of Mu­sic ( ICOM), Asia’s lead­ing col­lege of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, cel­e­brates 20 years of mu­sic education ex­cel­lence. Since 1996, ICOM con­tin­ues to be in the fore­front of in­no­va­tion in mu­sic education at cer­tifi­cate, diploma and un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree lev­els.

What sets ICOM apart from other in­sti­tu­tions is the sin­gle- minded in­sti­tu­tional fo­cus on pro­vid­ing an iconic mu­sic education in Asia. This is backed by the in­com­pa­ra­ble proven track record for pro­duc­ing suc­cess­ful mu­sic grad­u­ates, who are listed in the “Who’s Who” list in the mu­sic in­dus­try across Asia, from record­ing artistes and au­dio en­gi­neers to mu­sic di­rec­tors and mu­sic busi­ness own­ers.

Op­er­at­ing un­der the “by mu­si­cians for mu­si­cians” prin­ci­ple, the home­grown cur­ricu­lum meets the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards for the teach­ing and learn­ing of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic.

Ev­ery pro­gramme cen­tres on mu­sic, be it mu­sic per­for­mance, com­po­si­tion and ar­rang­ing, mu­sic pro­duc­tion and tech­nol­ogy or mu­sic busi­ness. From ear train­ing, har­mony and song writ­ing to live sound en­gi­neer­ing, dig­i­tal rights man­age­ment and scor­ing for video games, all les­son plans are de­vel­oped and taught by renowned pro­fes­sional mu­sic prac­ti­tion­ers and ed­u­ca­tion­ists.

This var­ied yet ex­clu­sive mu­sic fra­ter­nity is doggedly ded­i­cated to both shar­ing knowl­edge with the next gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians, as well as shap­ing the fu­ture of the work­force in the pro­fes­sional mu­sic in­dus­try.

Teach­ing and learn­ing meth­ods at ICOM probe on the whys and hows to pro­mote in­de­pen­dent crit­i­cal think­ing to steer stu­dent mu­si­cians to­wards prob­lem solv­ing and in­no­va­tion.

Ag­i­tated dis­cus­sions on the pro­duc­tion styles of Max Martin ver­sus The Smeez­ing­tons or com­po­si­tional sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween a Bach In­ven­tion and a Billy Joel song or even yet the prin­ci­ples of law that failed to sup­port Thicke and Wil­liam’s Blurred Lines copy­right le­gal suit are some of the more tamer con­ver­sa­tions heard in the hal­lowed hall­ways of ICOM.

A day in the life of an ICOM stu­dent re­volves around hours of in­di­vid­ual prac­tice on a prin­ci­pal in­stru­ment, writ­ing songs, record­ing mu­sic, or­gan­is­ing or per­form­ing a gig, rig­ging a sound stage, or hang­ing out at the in­fa­mous ‘ Jaa­far’s’ stall out­side the col­lege.

Whether work­ing in­de­pen­dently or in a group, the mu­si­cal works gen­er­ated by the en­gage­ment of mu­si­cians from over 15 coun­tries is eclec­tic, ex­per­i­men­tal and new, yet highly com­mer­cial.

As proof is al­ways in the pud­ding, a must- visit to the sta­ple weekly ICOM Fri­day Per­for­mance stu­dent con­cert at 5pm will read­ily con­vince an ac­coun­tant to give up his pro­fes­sion for mu­sic.

The leg­endary 20- year in­sti­tu­tional part­ner­ship be­tween ICOM and the world fa­mous Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton ( MA, US) is yet an­other strength that sets ICOM apart from the oth­ers.

The ex­clu­sive ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment be­tween th­ese in­sti­tu­tional gi­ants en­ables stu­dents to trans­fer cred­its from ICOM’s oneyear Foun­da­tion in Mu­sic pro­gram to any of Berklee’s 12 dif­fer­ent un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree pro­grammes, re­sult­ing in a whop­ping tu­ition sav­ings over 60%. In ad­di­tion to credit trans­fer, the an­nual Berklee visit to ICOM ev­ery June also paves the way to se­cur­ing sig­nif­i­cant tu­ition schol­ar­ships.

In ad­di­tion to full- time on cam­pus pro­grammes, ICOM launched Asia’s first on­line mu­sic school – ICOM ON­LINE – which is a fully on­line learn­ing plat­form of­fer­ing a range of short cour­ses across per­for­mance, mu­sic the­ory, mu­sic tech­nol­ogy and mu­sic busi­ness.

ICOM ON­LINE is a savvy op­tion for busy work­ing adults, school mu­sic stu­dents or work­ing pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians to en­rol for a mu­sic course any­time, any­where and study at their own pace.

This revo­lu­tion­ary way of learn­ing is not only trans­form­ing the way mu­sic is taught and learned at ICOM but po­si­tions ICOM at the fore­front of in­no­va­tive learn­ing method­olo­gies.

In­ter­ested ap­pli­cants may con­tact the ad­mis­sions of­fice at 03- 4023 6000 or ad­mis­sions@ icom. edu. my to reg­is­ter for any of the pro­grammes. An ICOM stu­dent is one who is mu­si­cally tal­ented, ar­tic­u­late, driven and se­ri­ous about mak­ing mu­sic a ca­reer. If th­ese char­ac­ter­is­tics de­scribe you, ICOM wants to dis­cover you.

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