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Although established only in 1993, the Department of Music at the Universiti Sains Malaysia has created a programme of high calibre focusing on both western music, and traditional musics of the Southeast Asian world. Our theory, history and performance courses reflect the Department's commitment to an innovative programme which emphasizes the importance of both eastern and western musical traditions.
The Department has assembled a teaching staff of national and international reputation, all of whom have earned their higher degrees from universities abroad. In addition to their teaching duties, they are actively engaged in research on many facets of music education, modern and traditional Malaysian and Southeast Asian music as well as western music. The academic staffs publish widely and perform locally works from the standard classical repertoire as well as works by contemporary serious composers today. The Department offers a concert of music from the standard repertoire in the first semester of each academic year, while a concert devoted to 20th century music is presented in the second semester of each year. In addition, a number of student recitals are scheduled in each semester.
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