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Music is a form of art which can express any human emotion, blend with the rhythm and tune harmoniously to express the hidden talent. Since, the dawn of civilisation, music has been considered as an inborn talent of the man, which can be vocal and instrumental. Music is sung or played for self-expression, self-satisfaction, offering worship and entertaining others. The instrumental music refers to the music produced by instruments like guitar sarod, sitar, piano, keyboard, tabla, flute, violin etc. Students who wish to take up music as a career, can pursue a course in Fine Arts which can help an individual make their dreams come true. 

Music is a performing art which is widely used in drama, theatre, dancecinema etc. In India, there are several institutions which conduct undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in vocal and instrumental music. Here at Shiksha, we have tried to incorporate information about music courses in India.

Eligibility Criteria to pursue Music Course

To be eligible to pursue Music Course, the candidates are required to complete the basic course in vocal or instrumental music. There are three undergraduate programmes: BA (Hons in Music), BFA (Music) and B.PA (Music). Besides, to pursue three years’ undergraduate course, the candidate must have passed 10+2 board examination with minimum 50 per cent marks in aggregate (45% marks for reserved category candidates). Those who have appeared for 10+2 Board examination are also eligible for the course but have to submit their final mark sheet at the time of admission in the varsity. 

To pursue a postgraduate course, the candidate needs to have completed an undergraduate course in music (either vocal or instrumental). 

The eligible candidates would have to sit for a national level admission test for the purpose.

Skills required to pursue Music Course

To pursue a course in music, candidates must incline towards music. Moreover, they must have a basic knowledge of music. Interested candidates should be creative, innovative and willing to work for hours. Here, we have listed down the skills required to pursue a course in music:

Knowledge of music

Must have completed the basic course in music

Inclination for Music

Should have a special inclination towards music and can devote hours to pursue music

Creative and Innovative

Must have a creative frame of mind and can come up with new tunes

Rhythmic Sense

Should possess a sense of rhythm

Hard worker

Ability to work for hours

Team worker

Ability to work in a team

Discipline and punctuality

Should be disciplined and punctual in the professional field

Admission Procedure and Fees

The admission to the undergraduate course in music is granted based on the score in the entrance test. Most of the universities grant admission on the basis of a common entrance test. However, candidates will have to follow a procedure starting by registering and applying. The admission process commences after the publication of common entrance test results. Candidates who clear the entrance exam, will have to produce all the required documents at the time of counselling. Final admission is granted based on merit. Once all the formalities have been completed, candidates will have to pay the fees and secure admission in their desired course.

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Music Course Structure and Syllabus  

Music being a performing art requires years of rigorous training and practice. To excel in music as well as to take up music as a profession, candidates are required to acquire in-depth knowledge and hands-on training. The syllabus for a full-time undergraduate course has been tailored to disseminate knowledge and training both. The three years’ curriculum covers all the concepts and nuances of music. Candidates are also provided chances to attend seminars and workshops to hone their skills further. Here, we have tabularised the syllabus content of music in the three consecutive years:

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Appreciation of Music

Concert Singing

Laws of Acoustics

Bada Khayal and Chhota Khayal

Different Gharanas and their history

Musical Sound, Wave Motion, Frequency, Pitch and Volume

Brief history of Bharat Natya Shastra and Sangeet Ratnakar

Evolution of Notation system

Music & Literature

Classification of Music

Forms of Light Music

Place of Music in Fine Arts

Concepts of Ragas and Tala in Indian Music

History of Indian Music

Role of Music in Multi-Media

Classification of Ragas

Importance of Music Festivals/Seminars/Conferences

Taal Study

Vocal and Instrumental Music

Music Course Fees 

Programme

Minimum Fees

Maximum Fees

 

Private

Government

Private

Government

UG

1.69 K

1.19 K

14.00 Lakhs

7.50 Lakhs

PG

1.13 K

2.35 K

14.08 Lakhs

73.96 K

DOCTORAL

1.05 Lakhs

8.22 K

3.83 Lakhs

60.60 K

DIPLOMA

8.00 K

2.58 K

3.84 Lakhs

3.50 Lakhs

Job and Career Scope in Music 

A degree in music course fetches a plethora of job opportunities to the candidates. Apart from being singers and instrumentalists, they can work as music composers, songwriters, music arrangers, transcriber, music sequencer, choir director, and producer etc. They may also begin a profession as music teachers and devote time in preparing young talents. As they accumulate experience, they may set up their own academy and train students. In an age of electronic media explosion, they may also take online classes to teach students.

Like any other profession, the salary of the musicians remains low at the beginning but with years it increases and may reach to Rs. 8-10 lakhs per annum. Here in the table, we have charted down the salary drawn by the musicians per annum at the initial stage of their career:  

Job Profile

Average Salary

Music Director

Rs 9-10 lakhs (depends on project)

Professor

Rs 8-9 lakhs

Music Composer

Rs. 5-6 lakhs (depends on project)

Singer

Rs 5-6 lakhs (depends on project)

Band Leader

Rs 4-5 lakhs 

Lyricist

Rs. 4-5 lakhs  (depends on project)

Sound Engineer

Rs. 3-4 lakhs

Radio Jockey

Rs 3-4 lakhs

Top Entrance Exams for Music

There are many entrance exams to pursue a course in Music. Some of the popular ones have been listed below:

  1. BHU UET
  2. BHU PET
  3. DUET
  4. MGU CAT

Top Institutes/Colleges for Music

Many colleges/institutes offer course in Music including Bachelor's and Masters. Some of them have been mentioned below:

Top Recruiters for Music

Candidates can apply to various companies that primarily deals with music. Some of the top companies/brands have been listed below:

  • T-Series
  • Sony Music India
  • Zee Music
  • Saregama
  • 94.3 RadioOne
  • Tips
  • Yash Raj Music

FAQs related to Music

Q. How can I start my singing career?

A. Students must opt for a good course from a renowned institute to kick start their music journey.

Q. Is it necessary to pursue a course in Music?

A. Yes, a course would give you an insight into the music industry and would help in starting career.

Q. What are the different jobs in the music industry?

A. There are many job profiles in the music industry including Radio Jockey, Music Composer, Singer, Music Director, Audio Technician, etc.

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for a bachelor's course in Music?

A. The candidate must have passed 10+2 board examination with minimum 50 per cent marks in aggregate (45% marks for reserved category candidates).

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for a masters' course in Music?

A. The candidate needs to have completed an undergraduate course in music (either vocal or instrumental). 

Q. Are there any specialisations in MA course?

A. Yes, the specialisations include instrumental, vocal, classical, Carnatic, etc.

Q. Which are the popular institutes to pursue Music in India?

A. Some of the popular colleges/institutes to pursue Music in India are Lovely Professional University, Banaras Hindu University, Delhi University, among others.

Q. What are the required skill set for those who want to pursue a career in Music?

A. Candidates must have general knowledge on Music. They must be disciplined and have basic communication skills. Besides, creativity and curiousity in learning everyday can also be a part of the skill set.

Popular Music Colleges in India

Following are the most popular Music Colleges in India. Learn more about these Music colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.
4.5 - 14 LPA
2.4 L
25 K - 2.1 L
12 Courses
1.8 K - 27.18 K
2.8 - 3 LPA
4.2 - 12 LPA
3.21 L
4.07 LPA

Popular Private Music Colleges in India

6 Courses
1.06 L - 4 L
3 - 4.66 LPA
6 Courses
1.38 L - 4 L
3.0
1 Course
60 K
25 K - 2.1 L
1 Course
2 L
4.5 - 14 LPA

Popular Music UG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Music UG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these UG Courses by clicking the links below.

UG Courses

Popular Music PG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Music PG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these PG Courses by clicking the links below.

PG Courses

Popular Music Specializations in India

Following are the most popular Music Specializations . You can explore the top Colleges offering these Specializations by clicking the links below.

Popular Specializations

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Can I apply for BA (Hons.) Music at DU, if I did not have music in Class 12th?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 10

17 hours ago

Hi deepikaYes, even if you did not study music in the 12th grade, you can apply to DU for a BA (Hons. ) Music degree. However, there is one condition, which is that you need to submit a certificate showing that you have learned from a guru or a recognised music institute. You must produce proof o...Hi deepika
Yes, even if you did not study music in the 12th grade, you can apply to DU for a BA (Hons. ) Music degree. However, there is one condition, which is that you need to submit a certificate showing that you have learned from a guru or a recognised music institute. You must produce proof of learning music for a minimum of three years. Only the certificates and marksheets issued by the following are considered by DU as per the admission brochure: (a) For B.A. (Hons. ) Music in Hindustani Music and Percussion Music:
1. Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth
2. Prayag Sangeet Samiti
3. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal
4. Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
5. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan
6. Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
7. Sangeet Bharati, New Delhi
8. Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi
9. Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya (b) For B.A. (Hons. ) Music in Karnataka Music:
1. A Diploma certificate from Music Academy, Chennai
2. Certificate of Higher or Lower Grade in Music, government. of Karnataka
3. Certificate course in music by the Technical Board, government. of Andhra Pradesh
4. Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
5. Raga Sampoorna Certificate course in Music by Bhartiya Seva Sangh, Palghat
And if it's help you like it

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

5 days ago

Yes, even if you did not study music in the 12th grade, you can apply to DU for a BA (Hons. ) Music degree. However, there is one condition, which is that you need to submit a certificate showing that you have learned from a guru or a recognised music institute. You must produce proof of learning...Yes, even if you did not study music in the 12th grade, you can apply to DU for a BA (Hons. ) Music degree. However, there is one condition, which is that you need to submit a certificate showing that you have learned from a guru or a recognised music institute. You must produce proof of learning music for a minimum of three years. Only the certificates and marksheets issued by the following are considered by DU as per the admission brochure: (a) For B.A. (Hons. ) Music in Hindustani Music and Percussion Music:
1. Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth
2. Prayag Sangeet Samiti
3. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal
4. Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
5. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan
6. Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
7. Sangeet Bharati, New Delhi
8. Bhartiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi
9. Indira Kala Sangeet Vishvavidyalaya (b) For B.A. (Hons. ) Music in Karnataka Music:
1. A Diploma certificate from Music Academy, Chennai
2. Certificate of Higher or Lower Grade in Music, government. of Karnataka
3. Certificate course in music by the Technical Board, government. of Andhra Pradesh
4. Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh
5. Raga Sampoorna Certificate course in Music by Bhartiya Seva Sangh, Palghat
Following which there will be a performance-based test for admission to the music course at DU.

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 10

17 hours ago

Hi If you're talking about the Government Music College in Indore, it's been renamed after the late singer Smt. Lata Mangeshkar. 1. The LM GMC, Indore, is affiliated with Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University. 2. The college offers 34 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music ...Hi
If you're talking about the Government Music College in Indore, it's been renamed after the late singer Smt. Lata Mangeshkar.
1. The LM GMC, Indore, is affiliated with Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University.
2. The college offers 34 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music as well as dance. You can pursue B.A. M.A. BPA MPA and Diploma courses in music and dance at this college.
3. It is well known for the Bachelor of Music course, in which the enrollment rate is usually higher every year.
4. The college has experienced and supportive faculty members. The faculty members or gurus have been well trained in their respective disciplines and have been facilitated by the government.
5. The fee is reviewed annually and varies depending on the course. For some courses, it is less than Rs. 10,000.
6. The admissions are usually done in the months of March through August. By the end of September, the academic session begins for most graduate courses. And more information you can visit the official website
And if it's help you like it.

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Deeksha Dixit

Contributor-Level 10

22 hours ago

If you're talking about the Government Music College in Indore, it's been renamed after the late singer Smt. Lata Mangeshkar. 1. The LM GMC, Indore, is affiliated with Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University. 2. The college offers 34 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music as ...If you're talking about the Government Music College in Indore, it's been renamed after the late singer Smt. Lata Mangeshkar.
1. The LM GMC, Indore, is affiliated with Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University.
2. The college offers 34 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in music as well as dance. You can pursue B.A. M.A. BPA MPA and Diploma courses in music and dance at this college.
3. It is well known for the Bachelor of Music course, in which the enrollment rate is usually higher every year.
4. The college has experienced and supportive faculty members. The faculty members or gurus have been well trained in their respective disciplines and have been facilitated by the government.
5. The fee is reviewed annually and varies depending on the course. For some courses, it is less than Rs. 10,000.
6. The admissions are usually done in the months of March through August. By the end of September, the academic session begins for most graduate courses.
7. For the Diploma course admissions process, you need to visit the college personally. You check courses offered by this college at this link: https://www.shiksha.com/college/govt-music-college-indore-110907.

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Can I pursue BA honors via distance/ correspondence/online in fine arts/ visual/ performing (guitar) from Mangalore University?

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

Yesterday

As per the courses list of Center for Distance Education of Mangalore University, the B.A. Hons. In Fine Arts/Visual/Performing (Guitar) course is not available here. Please see the Mangalore University CDE website for more details.

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Is BA Carnatic music available at Potti Sri Ramulu University?

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Rahul Ranjan

Contributor-Level 6

4 days ago

Yes B.A. Carnatic music is available at Potti Sri Ramulu University.

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What is meant by special aptitude in instrumental music?

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Rahul Ranjan

Contributor-Level 6

4 days ago

Definitions of musical aptitude as well as musical aptitude tests frequently are criticized for low ecological validity. In many cases, however, the demand for ecological validity can actually make a test worse as a measure of musical aptitude because a maximally ecologically valid test is necess...Definitions of musical aptitude as well as musical aptitude tests frequently are criticized for low ecological validity. In many cases, however, the demand for ecological validity can actually make a test worse as a measure of musical aptitude because a maximally ecologically valid test is necessarily multidimensional. A test that is devised to measure a psychological construct such as musical aptitude should be reasonably homogeneous. Defining musical aptitude as auditory structuring ability is suggested as a compromise between homogeneity and explanatory power. Central aspects of construct validation of an auditory structuring test are presented as examples of theory-driven validation where ecological validity is not the first criterion. These aspects show that the test (a) measures a music-related property, (b) is not much dependent of training in music, and (c) measures sound structuring instead of hearing absolute qualities of sound.

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How can I apply for Diploma in Hindustani classical vocal in IGNOU?

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Rahul Ranjan

Contributor-Level 6

4 days ago

Just download brochure cum application form of IGNOU and go through it.

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I want to know about the application structure at Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University - PSTU for Certificate in carnatic Music Vocals.

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vignesh Bandi

Contributor-Level 6

a week ago

How to Apply for Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University?Visit the official website of the UniversityDownload the application form from the Admission sectionRead out all the instructions carefully before filling the formFill out all the relevant details including academic and educationalEnclose all th...How to Apply for Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University?
Visit the official website of the University
Download the application form from the Admission section
Read out all the instructions carefully before filling the form
Fill out all the relevant details including academic and educational
Enclose all the necessary documents
Submit the application form before the due date

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How can I take admission in Harvard University as a music student?

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jasveer singh

Contributor-Level 10

3 weeks ago

This programme offers a wide variety of advanced training in five music programs: musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, and the creative practice and critical inquiry, featuring a diverse faculty with courses and events that reflect all five of them. Choose one of them and apply for H...This programme offers a wide variety of advanced training in five music programs: musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, and the creative practice and critical inquiry, featuring a diverse faculty with courses and events that reflect all five of them. Choose one of them and apply for Harvard University.
Admission Requirements at Harvard for Indian Students
Properly filled online application form. Application fees. Language proficiency test score. Statement of Purpose. Resume. Recommendation letter. Portfolio. Interview.

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How can I get scholarship for Harvard University to study Master of arts and music?

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Moderator_ Shiksha

Contributor-Level 10

4 weeks ago

Hi, Greetings from Shiksha's Team. Your concern is of utmost importance to us. Kindly click on the link below and request a call back from the counseling team who will guide you and resolve your questions. https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/apply.

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Eksha Sunderka

Guide-Level 11

2 months ago

Harvard University scholarships are usually classified into four types. Students from India need to apply for a scholarship under the prospective international students scholarship category. Here is a list of Harvard University scholarships for Indian students. Horace W. Goldsmith FellowshipBoust...Harvard University scholarships are usually classified into four types. Students from India need to apply for a scholarship under the prospective international students scholarship category. Here is a list of Harvard University scholarships for Indian students.
Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship
Boustany MBA Harvard Scholarship
The Robert S. Kaplan Life Sciences Fellowship
HGSE Financial Aid
Need-Based Fellowships
You must give at least any of them exams-
TOEFL
IELTS
PTE.

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I did B.Sc. In Science can I do M.A. In music?

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pradeep kumar

Scholar-Level 18

a month ago

Please write about the college name for better response. However, the eligibility criteria of DU for M.A. Music is given below for an idea. Eligibility criteria: An undergraduate degree in any subject recognised by the UGC, and from any university/ institute/ centre recognised by the UGC, and als...Please write about the college name for better response. However, the eligibility criteria of DU for M.A. Music is given below for an idea. Eligibility criteria: An undergraduate degree in any subject recognised by the UGC, and from any university/ institute/ centre recognised by the UGC, and also having passed any one of the following Diploma courses: (a) Sangeet Shiromani Diploma Course (Hindustani Music) of the University of Delhi (b) Sangeet Visharad (6 years. ). (c) Vid (6 years. ). (d) Sangeet Prabhakar (6 years. )
So yo can not do M.A. In music.

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Can I do B.A. in vocal music in RBU University Kolkata while studying B.Sc. in other subjects simultaneously?

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Ankit Rao

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Yes, you can do BA in vocal music in RBU university Kolkata while studying B.Sc. In another subject simultaneouslyBut there is a catch According to UGC guidelines it is possible but with a condition that your classes must not overlapSo you can pursue B.A. As distance course and B.Sc. As regular c...Yes, you can do BA in vocal music in RBU university Kolkata while studying B.Sc. In another subject simultaneously
But there is a catch According to UGC guidelines it is possible but with a condition that your classes must not overlap
So you can pursue B.A. As distance course and B.Sc. As regular course or vice versa.

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I want to know about the latest cutoff information for B.A. (Hons.) in Music at Ramjas College.

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Lakhan sharma

Contributor-Level 6

a month ago

Hello DU aspirant, i hope that you are doing well in your studies. Ramjas college is one of the most prominent and prestigious college of delhi university. It ranks one of the highest in India according to nirf. It comes under North campus of delhi where almost all the top colleges of India are ...Hello DU aspirant, i hope that you are doing well in your studies. Ramjas college is one of the most prominent and prestigious college of delhi university. It ranks one of the highest in India according to nirf. It comes under North campus of delhi where almost all the top colleges of India are located. It is famous for all its courses. The cutoff of Bacherlors in arts is highest in ramjas college with 99 percent for general category. Please check college website for getting updates about other cutoffs of college.

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I have scored 275/400 in MPA music CUET. Can I get a seat?

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Shivraj Keer

Beginner-Level 5

2 months ago

Yes, basically, it depends on your category wise cut off. But 275 out off 400 is good enough to get admission in MPA MUSIC CUET.

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