Higher Certificate in Music

DURATION: 1 year

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
National Bachelor Certificate or equivalent with the minimum percentage of 30%, and an audition. Upon satisfying the conditions during the audition, a student may then proceed to register.

AIMS:
• Improve awareness of choral performance contexts and choral traditions in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.
• Develop music communication skills for enabling successful sustained learning.
• Improve the student’s ability to comprehend, analyse, evaluate and transmit ideas about choral music.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
The certificate prepares students to enter a degree programme in music and other related fields.

SPECIFIC OUTCOMES:
This programme will ensure that:
• Students are introduced to sight–singing and dictation, based mainly on the tonic solfa system.
• Students develop working knowledge of the keyboard necessary for choir training, arranging, improvisation, harmony and composition.
• Students develop a musical ear through the teaching of sight sing, rhythmic and melodic dictation.
• Students are equipped with knowledge concerning chord construction and modulations/transitions.
• Students can demonstrate awareness of elements of music such as pitch, harmony, form and rhythms.
• Students extend their practical abilities with more technical keyboard technique.

ARTICULATION:
This qualification leads to a bachelor’s degree in music and other related degrees.

PREREQUISITES: None

ACADEMIC STRUCTURE:
The programme consists of four modules per semester. Each first semester module is a prerequisite for its second semester module.

 YEAR 1  
SEMESTER 1  SEMESTER 2  
Module TitleCodesCreditsModule TitleCodesCredits
Music literacyCML 152120Music literacyCML 162120
Practical musicianshipCPM 151110Practical musicianshipCPM 161110
History of musicCMH 152120History of musicCMH 162120
Instrumental studyCIS 151110Instrumental studyCIS 161110
Total credits  120