Discipline of Music

Bachelor of Art

Students wishing to pursue a major in music must choose one of three streams: performance; theory and composition; or research. Those who opt for either the performance or theory and composition streams must have passed music as a subject for matric (with an equivalence of at least Grade 5 practical and/or theory), and need to be auditioned by the music faculty before acceptance. The research stream does not require candidates to have studied music for matric, nor does it require an audition. Normally such research candidates would register for Introduction to Music Fundamentals A and B in their first year. However, if a student has completed music as a subject for matric, or has an equivalent theory background, this requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Discipline of Music after a competency test.

 

NOTE: The Discipline of Music does not offer tuition in all musical instruments and has a limited number of places for the instruments it does offer. Those registered for a BA in Music receive first preference for practical instrumental training.

 

Structure of the performance major

Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 1
Practical Studies 1A (16C)

MUSC1FAH1 Introduction to Music Fundamentals A (16C)

Practical Studies 1B (16C)

MUSC1FBH2 Introduction to Music Fundamentals B (16C)

Level 2
Practical Studies 2A (16C) Practical Studies 2B (16C)
Level 3
Practical Studies 3A (16C)

MUSC3IAHB Instrumental Teaching Method A (16C) or MUSC3AEH1 African Music Outreach A (16C)*

Practical Studies 3B (16C)

MUSC3IBHB Instrumental Teaching Method B (16C) or MUSC3CDH2 African Music Outreach B (16C)*

* In the 3rd year, those who are studying African Music and Dance must register for African Music Outreach A in the 1st semester and African Music Outreach B in the 2nd semester.

 

Structure of the theory and composition major

Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 1
MUSC1TAH1 Theory and Perception 1A (16C) MUSC1TBH2 Theory and Perception 1B (16C)
Level 2
MUSC2TAH1 Theory and Perception 2A (16C) MUSC2TBH2 Theory and Perception 2B (16C)
Level 3
MUSC3TAH1 Theory and Perception 3A (16C)

MUSC3CYH1 Composition A (16C)

MUSC3TBH2 Theory and Perception 3B (16C)

MUSC3CYH2 Composition B (16C)

 

Structure of the research major

Semester 1 Semester 2
Level 1
MUSC1FAH1 Introduction to Music Fundamentals A (16C) MUSC1FBH2 Introduction to Music Fundamentals B (16C)

MUSC1HAH1 Music and Society 1 (16C)

Level 2
MUSC2HAH1 Music and Society 2A (16C) MUSC2HBH2 Music and Society 2B (16C)
Level 3
MUSC3HAH1 Music and Society 3A (16C)

MUSC3ZAH1 Musicology A (16C)

MUSC3HBH2 Music and Society 3B (16C)

MUSC3ZBH2 Musicology B (16C)