Bachelor of Arts specialising in Music BA (Music)

Entrance requirements

  • Matric Certificate
  • Theory –Grade 5
  • Practical – Grade 7

Course length:

  • Three-year full time degree programme;

Who for?

  • This degree is designed primarily to cater towards students with a wider interest in the humanities.  This might include languages, psychology and mathematics.

What does the BA (Music) course entail?

  • The BA (Music) degree will equip students with a comprehensive music background which includes subjects such as Practical Music Study, Musicology, Theory of Music, Teaching Method and an elective subject from the humanities in line with the candidate’s interests (choosing from English Studies, Xhosa , Afrikaans-Nederlands, French, German, Psychology  and Mathematics).
  • Two of these BA subjects are required for the first year, while one may be taken on second- and third-year level.

The combination of subjects is subject to timetable constraints

Which instruments can I study?

Any orchestral instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion instruments and harp) or voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, recorder and conducting. The choice of instruments is identical for BA (Mus) and BMus.

Which ensembles will I be a part of ?

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Which concerts will I attend?

The department offers a variety of performance opportunities to students such as Lunch Hour concerts or Performance Classes. Students are also encouraged to attend as many concerts of the Endler Concert Series as possible and to take note of the wider cultural life.

Click here to find out more about the academic modules offered in this programme.


Leonore Bredekamp Tel. 021 808 2176 E-mail:

Auditions for Undergraduate Programmes

To start the application process at Stellenbosch University, kindly start here: 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 Grade 7 of any of the examination boards, as applied for classical music studies. Sightreading may be required.
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.