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 Title Codes Credits Module Title Codes Credits
Music literacy CML 1521 20 Music literacy CML 1621 20
Practical musicianship CPM 1511 10 Practical musicianship CPM 1611 10
History of music CMH 1521 20 History of music CMH 1621 20
Instrumental study CIS 1511 10 Instrumental study CIS 1611 10
Total credits   120