Higher Certificate in Music

Entrance requirements

  • Matric Certificate
  • Theory –Grade 3/4
  • Practical – Grade 5/6

Course length:

  • One year programme;

What does the Higher Certificate in Music course entail?

  • Students must enrol for Music Skills (theory of music and aural training) , Practical Music Study in any of the instruments listed below, General Music Studies, Business Management (Music), Music technology, Repertoire Study and Texts in the Humanities.  Creative skills and Orchestral practise are optional modules.
  • Students are expected to attend of a number of workshops as determined by the department with respect to writing, language and study skills. Students will be notified of these workshops at the beginning of the academic year and completion of the Higher Certificate will be subject to satisfactory attendance of these courses by the student.
  • The Higher Certificate in Music can articulate to the Diploma in Practical Music or one of the Music Department’s degree programme, on  the understanding that the student complies with the entrance requirements specified in each case, and undertakes the prescribed selection auditions.

Which instruments can I study?

Any orchestral instruments: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion; piano, organ, harp, recorder, guitar, voice, conducting and church music.


Programme Co-ordinator: Ms Felicia Lesch Tel: 021 808 2349  E-mail: fsmlesch@sun.ac.za

Auditions for Undergraduate Programmes

To start the application process at Stellenbosch University, kindly start here:  http://www.maties.com/apply.html or call enquiries at 021 808 4515
. An application fee is payable.

After you have submitted your application and we have received all the required documents, you will be contacted by the audition coordinator, Yolanda Botha.
Incomplete applications will not be considered for auditions.

Audition Dates for 2020:

Friday, 28 August 2020 and/or Saturday, 29 August 2020

Audition Requirements:

Practical Audition:

Students must prepare 3 pieces from contrasting style periods, at a minimum level comparable to the entrance requirements listed above, as applied for classical music studies. Sight-reading, a quick study and scales may be required as specified by the lecturers of the particular instrument.
Kindly note that students should provide their own accompanists at own cost, if they audition for voice, an orchestral instrument or conducting.

Theory Placement Test:

All applicants must also write a theory proficiency test as part of the audition.
The entrance test is comparable to Unisa Grade 5, and consists of figured base realisation in 4 part harmony, as well as chord identification, dictation and other pertinent aspects that relates to music literacy.