Students can follow Music as a General Degree (three years) or a Special Degree (four years). This subject is taught both in the theoretical and practical aspects within a research oriented and creative framework.
In the four year music special degree, apart from Hindustani classical music, students will be able to study Western music, Karnatic music, Applied Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Creative Music Technology and Digital Video Production.
Eastern music: Students can either learn singing or a musical instrument in the tradition of the North Indian classical system. The instruments taught are the sitar, violin (eastern), tabla, esraj and flute.
Western music: The instruments that can be learnt in the Western music tradition are the piano, cello, violin, viola and the guitar. The students are encouraged to sit the Grade 5 Music Examination of the Royal Schools of Music, or Trinity College of Music, London. Those who study Indian music will be given instruction also in piano, guitar, tabla and Sri Lankan percussion to ensure that students have a broad idea of music.
Evaluation: For the special degree students in music, the final evaluation will be a stage performance with the necessary technical requirements (like mics) provided.
Applied Music: Composing a melody for a song lyric, arrangement of music, composing for films, teledramas and advertisements.
Creative Music Technology: includes Desk-top Music Production (Midi), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Design. The software used are Pro Tools, Cubase and Logic Pro.
Digital Video Production: includes Pre-production, Shooting, Editing and Post-production, Picture Quality in Video Images, Digital Video Software (by using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Avid) and 3D Animation and Graphics.
Post-graduate diplomas and post graduate degrees in music are also offered by this Department.