The undergraduate programme in Musicology transmits knowledge and skills of Pakistani classical music theory and performance practice to the individuals who opt to pursue career in music. Being one of the most developed expressions of our musical heritage, classical music is the finest site to cultivate the talent besides preserving our prestigious tradition.

The programme enables its students to shape a sustainable career in the contemporary music economy that is dominated by the international brands, virtual media, eclecticism, and technology. Theory and practice courses covering music technology, electronic music, world rhythm, music composition, music economy, and popular and western art music prepare students for the 21st century professional life as performers, composers, producers/technicians, entrepreneurs, educationists, and researchers.

While their training is structured, musicology students choose their areas of interest from a range of elective courses. The programme’s central pedagogic approach ensures the individual pedagogic needs, strategies, and outcomes. The students are encouraged to translate their knowledge to the areas of their interest in order to develop links among various aspects of music and to expand the classroom experience to the real-life music.

Foundation Semesters

1st Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-1101 Vocal I Foundation Studio 3
MUS-1102 Tabla I Foundation Studio 3
MUS-1103 Music Theory I Foundation Theory-Studio 2
MUS-1104 History of Theory of Art Foundation Theory 1
MUS-1105 Piano I Foundation Theory 2
FNDN-1106 History of Art I Foundation Theory 1
FNDN-1107 Introduction to the Arts I Foundation Theory 1
COMP-1101 English Language and Literature I Compulsory Theory 2
COMP-1102 Pakistan Studies Compulsory Theory 2
Total 17

2nd Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-1201 Vocal II Foundation Studio 4
MUS-1202 Tabla I Foundation Studio 4
MUS-1203 Music Theory II Foundation Theory-Studio 2
MUS-1105 Piano II Foundation Theory 2
FNDN-1206 History of Art II Foundation Theory 1
FNDN-1207 Introduction to the Arts II Foundation Theory 1
COMP-1201 English Language and Literature II Compulsory Theory 2
COMP-1202 Islamiat Compulsory Theory 2
Total 18

3rd Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-2101 Vocal III Core Studio 3
MUS-2102 Tabla III Core Studio 2
MUS-2103 Sitar I Elective Studio 2
MUS-2104 Comparative Music Theory Core Theory 2
MUS-2105 Rhythm Ensemble I Elective Studio 2
MUS-2106 Music Technology I Core Theory-Studio 2
MUS-2107 Piano III Core Studio 2
MUS-2109 Sarangi I Elective Studio 2
Elective from other departments Elective 2
Total 15

4th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-2201 Vocal IV Core Studio 3
MUS-2202 Pakhawaj Core Studio 2
MUS-2203 Sitar II Elective Studio 2
MUS-2204 Music Composition Elective Theory-Studio 2
MUS-2205 Rhythm Ensemble II Elective Studio 2
MUS-2206 Music Technology II Core Theory-Studio 2
MUS-2207 Piano IV Core Studio 2
MUS-2210 Sarangi II Elective Studio 2
Elective from other departments Elective 2
Total 15

5th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-3101 Vocal V Elective Studio 2
MUS-3102 Ensemble I Core Studio 3
MUS-3103 Guitar I Elective Studio 3
MUS-3104 History of Music I Core Theory 2
MUS-3105 Electronic Music I Elective Theory - Studio 3
MUS-3106 Scoring for Film I Elective Theory-Studio 3
Elective from other departments Elective 2
Total 15

6th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-3201 Vocal VI Elective Studio 2
MUS-3202 Ensemble II Core Studio 3
MUS-3203 Guitar II Elective Studio 3
MUS-3204 History of Music II Core Theory 2
MUS-3205 Philosophy and Science of Music Core Theory 3
MUS-3206 Music Analysis Core Theory-Studio 2
MUS-3207 Music Industry Elective Theory 3
MUS-3210 Electronic Music II Elective Studio 2
MUS-3211 Scoring for Film II Elective Studio 2
Elective from other departments Elective 2
Total 15

7th Semester

Code Courses Category Type Credits
MUS-4101 Applied Musicology Core Theory-Studio 4
MUS-4102 New Music Core Studio 3
MUS-4103 Comparitive Study of Ragas Core Theory-Studio 4
MUS-4104 Research Methodology Core Theory 4
Total 15

8th Semester

Thesis 15 credits

* Student can drop one departmental elective to opt for the elective offered by other departments from 3rd to 6th Semester

Elective Courses

From 3rd semester onwards, a student will be able to choose elective courses from within his/her department and from other departments with the help of assigned advisor. Each Elective Course will be of 2 credit hours.

Code Courses Type
MUS-2105 Rhythm Ensemble I Studio
MUS-2202 Pakhawaj Studio
MUS-2203 Sitar II Studio
MUS-2204 Music Composition Theory-Studio
MUS-2205 Rhythm Ensemble II Studio
MUS-3101 Vocal V Studio
MUS-3103 Guitar I Studio
MUS-3104 History of Music I Theory
MUS-3105 Electronic Music I Theory-Studio
MUS-3106 Scoring for Film I Theory-Studio
MUS-3201 Vocal VI Studio
MUS-3203 Guitar II Studio
MUS-3204 History of Music II Theory
MUS-3205 Philosophy and Science of Music Theory
MUS-3206 Music Analysis Theory-Studio
MUS-3207 Music Industry Theory
MUS-2208 Sufi Vocal II Studio
MUS-2108 Sufi Vocal I Studio
MUS-3109 Reading Film Music Theory
MUS-2109 Sarangi I Studio
MUS-2210 Sarangi II Studio
MUS-3208 Guitar Solo Studio
MUS-3209 Rap Composition and Performance Studio
MUS-3210 Electronic Music II Studio
MUS-3211 Scoring for Film II Studio
MUS-2211 Tumbak (Fusion) Studio
MUS-2212 Sarangi Performance Practice Studio
MUS-2213 Piano Repertoire Studio
MUS-2214 Kathak and Regional Dance Theory-Studio
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Usman Malik

Dean Faculty of Performing Arts
B (Musicology) NCA
MA (Music) Wesleyan University,
Middletown, USA
PhD. Ethnomusicology, Wesleyan
University, Middletown, USA

Zafar Iqbal

Assistant Professor
B (Musicology) NCA
MSc Mass Communication Film & TV, Punjab University, Lahore
M.Phil Communication Management, Superior University, Lahore
PhD Scholar Media Studies UCP, Lahore

Rakae Rehman

Assistant Professor
B (Musicology) NCA
MA Humanities (MAPH), The University of Chicago, USA

Ajmal Hussain

Bachelor (Musicology) NCA
MPhil (Art History) College of Art & Design, Punjab University, Lahore

Syed Ateeq Ur Rehman

B (Musicology) NCA

Ali Zafar

B (Musicology) NCA
BA (Electrical Engg.), UET Lhr
MS (Electrical Engg.), Southern California, USA


Khalid Ibrahim
Head of Foundation Year

Associate Professor

Prof. Dr. Murtaza Jafri
Shehnaz Malhi
Nausheen Saeed
Sadia Amin Raja
Awais Aqdus
Sumaira Ameen
Prof. Dr. Syeda Farida Batool
Muhammad Arshad Saeed
Ammara Khalid
Tausif Zain Ul Abedin
Wasim Akhtar
Ali Zafar
Syed Muhammad Hassan Zaidi
Naveen Zehra
Mujahid Sohaib Butt
Nariman Aziz
Ateeq ur Rehman

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