THE CHALLENGES OF DIDIK HIBUR MUZIK (FUN WITH MUSIC) : THE OPEN ELECTIVE IN PISMP
There is boundless recognition that music is an important part of every individual’s life. Substantial and significant international and national research shows that learning music uniquely contributes to the emotional, physical, social, and cognitive growth of all students which is in accordance with the Malaysian National Education Philosophy. Similar to the other core subjects like languages, mathematics, and sciences, music is a valuable asset that complements the characteristics of these important disciplines that contribute immensely to the general goals of education. Didik Hibur Muzik (DHMK3013) or Fun With Music is an open- elective course offered in semester 5, 7 and 8 in the PISMP programme. This course provides students with an opportunity to learn basic concepts in music. Key findings of various research into the impacts of arts and music programme participation showed significant impact on learning and life skills development for participants across a wide range of studies. As such, it is critical that this course - the Didik Hibur Muzik or Fun with Music be given appropriate emphasis and status in our curriculum frameworks.