Programs Offered




Certificate in Music (CM)

This is a three-year, purely music program with concentration in the performing areas of piano, voice, strings, winds, and percussion. Graduates may proceed to the DCPMA program. A public recital is required.


Diploma in Creative and Performing Musical Arts (DCPMA)

This is a four-year course of study with a heavy concentration on the applied and theoretical arts. The major areas available are Asian music, band conducting, choral conducting, composition, dance, instruments (strings, winds and percussion), music education, piano, and voice.

The DCPMA is designed for students with outstanding performance ability who do not intend to work toward a baccalaureate degree. Instituted in 1986, the DCPMA replaced the Teacher’s Diploma, Artist Diploma, and Certificate of Proficiency.

Considered as a pre-baccalaureate course, this program concentrates heavily on performance and musicianship, as was the practice when the College of Music was still the Conservatory of Music. Passing the UPCAT is not a requirement, but applicants must pass the music theory examination and talent audition. The choice of major areas is much wider than that in the CM: piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brasswinds, percussion, conducting (band or choral), dance, Asian music, composition, and music education. Graduates may proceed to the BM program. Public recitals are required for the course.


Bachelor of Music (BM)

A five-year course of study with a wider coverage providing a well-rounded preparation, i.e., including General (GE) courses for a career in music. The BM major areas include composition, conducting (band, choral and orchestral), dance, instruments (strings, winds and percussion), music education, musicology, piano, and voice.

The program provides a solid foundation for a professional career in music revolving around a core of applied and theoretical subjects. The Bachelor of Music was first offered as a two-year course (beyond the Teacher’s Diploma) in 1930, a four-year course in 1949, and a five-year course in 1959 due to the inclusion of the GE curriculum instituted by the University.

There are three requirements for admission: a) passing the UPCAT, b) passing the music theory examinations, and c) passing the talent audition. The student may major in instruments (bowed instruments [violin, viola, cello, contrabass], classical guitar, and winds and percussion), piano, voice, composition, conducting (band, choral, and orchestral), dance, , and music education. The GE component consists of forty-five (45) units. Public recitals are required for composition, conducting, and performance majors. Music education majors are required to present a special project in public while musicology majors submit a substantial research paper.


GRADUATE PROGRAMS (Download Brochure)

Master of Music Program

A two-year program, the Master of Music offers specialization in the areas of performance (piano, voice, choral/instrumental conducting, string and wind instruments), research (music education and musicology), and creative work (composition).

The core of the curriculum is composed of music analyses (pre-twentieth and twentieth century music) and research methodology.

Allied specialization strengthens the student’s main area of specialization and includes the required six units of foreign language/s and another six units of music/non-music elective courses.


Doctor of Philosophy in Music

A 45-unit offering, the Doctor of Philosophy in Music is a pioneering doctoral program in music in the Philippines. Interdisciplinary in nature, it aims to train students to do intensive research that would produce new, critical, or revisionary knowledge about music in the Asia Pacific region. The program is founded on a solid tradition of music scholarship that is sensitive to the concerns and coverage of Philippine or Asian Studies. A 12-unit dissertation is the terminal requirement for the granting of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music degree. This document must be a significant and original contribution to the knowledge about music in its various contexts.




  1. The Ph.D. program at the UP College of Music is designed to:
    1. advance music scholarship in the country and in Southeast Asia that would reflect on-going changes at the local, regional, national, and world political economies,
    2. explore current methods of music research and seek alternative ones that suit the Philippines and Southeast Asia. 3. explore new modes of learning in the study of expressive communication in the context of culture and human civilization.



The program is meant to address the demand and need for broader, more holistic and more integrative activities in the dimensions of music scholarship, creation, and pedagogy.

The program is designed to allow the student to optimize the combination of courses characterized by structured foundational knowledges and courses characterized by relevant content that is responsive to the achievement of individually meaningful research objectives.

The required courses are divided into:
      A. Three (3) Core Courses: nine (9) units
      B. Two (2) Special Topics Courses (Special Topics in Music): six (6) units
      C. Two (2) Seminar Courses (Seminar in Music): two (2) units
      D. Two (2) Directed Research Courses: four (4) units
      E. Four Electives: twelve (12) units
           1. Two (2) Music Electives: six (6) units
           2.Two (2) Other Electives (i.e. not in/of the discipline of Music): six (6) units F. Dissertation: equivalent to 12 units