Discipline of Music

Applications & Auditions

Application Process

Are you interested in studying music at UKZN?

Here are the steps that you need to follow to apply:

  1. Visit the Central Applications Office https://www.cao.ac.za/
  2. Fill in the online application form and pay the required fee.
  3. IMPORTANT: We advise all applicants to apply for both the BA in Music Foundation Programme AND the BA in Music.
  4. For consideration in the music programmes at UKZN you will need to meet the following criteria:

All applicants need a National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s Pass (NSC-Deg) or a Senior Certificate with endorsement.  

 

For the BA in Music candidates will require:

 

  • A pass at level 4 in English Home language or first additional language and Life Orientation;
  • At least 28 matric points;
  • The equivalent of Grade 5 music theory;
  • Experience in practical music lessons and performance;
  • A practical audition before an accepted panel of music staff;
  • A series of tests in theory and aural.

 

For the BA in Music Foundation Programme candidates will require:

 

  • A pass at level 4 in English Home language or first additional language and Life Orientation;
  • At least 24 matric points (excluding Life Orientation);
  • A practical audition before an accepted panel of music staff;
  • A series of tests in theory and aural.

 

Those who have successfully completed the accredited BA in Music Foundation year may be admitted to the BA in Music degree.

  • Have the information-gathering, analysis and presentation skills required at exit level 4 on the NQF;
  • Be able to comprehend what they have learned and to communicate it reliably, accurately, and comprehensively in the required medium of instruction;
  • Be able to begin to take responsibility for their own learning and its progress within a well-structured and managed learning environment;
  • Be able to evaluate their own performance.

Important Notes REGARDING APPLICATION:

  • It is your responsibility to check your status for admissions. Please make sure that you check the online system regularly.
  • If you are given the opportunity to audition, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are present on the specified day/s of the audition.
  • The decision regarding your placement in the BA in Music Foundation Programme or the BA in Music degree is entirely in the hands of the audition panel AND the university admissions staff.

Auditions

On the Central Applications Office website, you will see if you have been asked to come for an interview/audition. You should only come for an interview/audition if you have been invited to do so on the website. If you meet all the entrance requirements and are offered the chance to audition, you have not necessarily been given a firm offer of acceptance to the university. You will first need to pass an audition to ensure that you satisfy the minimum musical criteria for entry. Please note: there are limited places for opera, pop and jazz voice in the two programmes offered at UKZN. Only the top performing applicants will be given firm offers.

The audition dates for 2020 are on Wednesday 2 December and Friday 4 December. If you have been asked to attend an audition, it is very important that you are present on one of these dates. These are the ONLY opportunities for audition. If you miss the auditions, you will not be considered for admission. 

Audition Process

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Arrive at 7am on the day of the audition. Bring your CAO number, a pen and a pencil.

Fill in the forms which you are given when you arrive.

Write the compulsory music theory test. Please note: if you have not ever studied music theory you will not be penalized. The test will determine which theory class you are streamed into if you are given a firm offer. If you have done music theory at school, please prepare in advance.
The theory test includes:
  • note names,
  • time signatures,
  • intervals (size and quality),
  • scales (major, harmonic minor and melodic minor),
  • key signatures
  • cadences (perfect, plagal, imperfect and interrupted).
Perform the compulsory aural (ear) test. Please note: if you have not ever studied music theory you will not be penalized. The test will determine which theory class you are streamed into if you are given a firm offer. If you have done aural training at school, please prepare in advance.
The aural test includes:
  • singing back notes played/sung by the examiner,
  • singing back both notes of a two-note chord (played together),
  • singing back the middle note of a three-note chord (played together),
  •  clapping the rhythm of a short melody,
  • singing back a short melody.
If you haven’t done theory and aural for a while and would like to update your knowledge in preparation for the tests, try visiting these helpful websites:

Perform TWO pieces in front of an audition panel. This is where you will demonstrate to the panel what your strengths as a performing musician are. If you are a singer, choose songs which are suited to your voice and which bring out the best parts of your vocal range. If you are an instrumentalist, choose pieces which demonstrate your fluency and abilities on the instrument.

You will not be told if you have been granted a firm offer on the day of your audition. The results of all audition candidates are considered by the music staff who make recommendations of acceptance to the admissions office. Once the admissions office has received the audition results, it will update your profile accordingly. Please check your online profile to find out whether you have been granted a firm offer or not. PLEASE NOTE: the Discipline of Music does not contact applicants who have been granted a firm offer or those who have not. The admissions office is responsible for updating your profile.