The BMus programme provides learners with specialised skills in Music Education, Performing Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies or Music Technology. Students are equipped with creative and critical musical abilities that are culturally and aesthetically sensitive to the demands of music in a multi-cultural society.

The Performing Arts programme equips learners with the ability to work as performing artists in a creative environment, and stylistic insight into the performance requirements of music.

The Music Education programme develops students’ critical ability to analyse theories of music education, and equips them to apply effective teaching and learning strategies in music education.

The Music Technology programme offers theoretical knowledge of the practice of music technology, and the skills to record, produce and programme music in a PC-based multi-track digital/analogue recording studio.

There is also an Interdisciplinary BMus option, which allows students to widen the scope of their degree by adding non-music subjects to their programme.

Jazz is offered as an option in all of the above programmes.

Admission requirements:   Minimum NSC statutory requirements for degree entry must be met.  An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematics or Technical Mathematics requires a minimum Applicant Score of 350.

An applicant with NSC Grade 12 Mathematical Literacy requires a minimum Applicant Score of 365.

NSC achievement rating of at least 40% for Mathematics or Technical Mathematics or 60% for Mathematical Literacy.  If an applicant presents with Mathematical Literacy instead of Mathematics, additional modules may be added to the programme, which will extend the length of the programme.

A minimum practical standard equivalent to Grade 6 of the external examining bodies is required for admission to the first module of First Instrument: Advanced.  A minimum theoretical standard equivalent to Grade 5 of the external examining bodies is required for admission to the first module of Music Theory, Analysis and Aural Development.

Duration: 4 years full-time

The degree may be combined with a non-music major from the BA, BSc, BCom and BPsych programmes.

Curriculum

Year 1

  • Aural Training
  • Music in History and Society
  • Main Instrument
  • Music Theory and Analysis
  • Introduction to Musicology
  • Organology

Electives

  • Second Instrument
  • Applied Choral Conducting
  • Music Education
  • Method of Main Instrument
  • Music Technology

Year 2

  • Aural Training
  • Music in History and Society
  • Main Instrument
  • Music Theory and Analysis
  • Music Education OR Performing Arts OR Music Technology

Electives

  • Second Instrument
  • Applied Choral Conducting
  • Music History and Society
  • Theory of Jazz Improvisation
  • Orchestration
  • Music Education
  • Method of Main Instrument
  • Music Technology

Year 3

  • Aural Training
  • Music in History and Society
  • Main Instrument
  • Music Theory and Analysis
  • Music Education OR Performing Arts OR Music Technology

Electives

  • Second Instrument
  • Applied Choral Conducting
  • Music History and Society
  • Theory of Jazz Improvisation
  • Orchestration
  • Music Education
  • Method of Main Instrument

Year 4

  • Music History and Society
  • Main Instrument
  • Music Education OR Performing Arts OR Music Technology, Orchestration and Composition
  • Music and Film
Contact information
Prof Erik Albertyn
Professor
Tel: 27 41 5042250
erik.albertyn@mandela.ac.za

Mrs Nicky Bosman
Secretary: Department of Music
Tel: 27 41 504-4235
nicky.bosman@mandela.ac.za