Bachelor of Music (BMus)

Entrance requirements

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

Course length:

  • Four-year degree qualification

Who for?

  • This degree is designed to impart specialist professional music skills and knowledge.

What does the BMus course entail?

  • In the first two years, students are trained in a wide scope of disciplines which includes subjects such as: Practical Music Study (including a first as well as a second instrument), Musicology, Theory of Music, Music Education, Teaching Method, Repertoire Studies, Music Technology and a BA Subject (choosing from English Studies, Xhosa , Afrikaans-Nederlands, French, German, Psychology  and Mathematics).
  • From the third-year students can specialise in a field of their interest including: Performance (solo, chamber music, accompaniment, church music or conducting), Composition, Music Technology, Musicology, and Music Education.  Continued practical training is offered according to the specialisation chosen, and is therefore followed for the full duration of the course).  Specialisation is subject to Departmental requirements.

The combination of courses is subject to timetable constraints

Which instruments can I study?

Any orchestral instrument or voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, recorder and conducting.

Which ensembles will I be a part of ?

View Ensembles

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.


Programme co-ordinator: 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.

Due to regulations regarding the Covid pandemic, all our 2022 auditions will take place digitally.

2022 Dates for submitting of audition material All files and links pertaining to practical auditions must be submitted on or before: Monday, 5 September 2022.
The specifications regarding recordings, as well as the link to the Google Drive Form, will be provided by Ms. Botha.

Audition Requirements:

Practical Audition:

Students must prepare 3 pieces from contrasting style periods, at a minimum level comparable to Grade VII or higher of any of the examination boards. Certain divisions also require technical work. Sight-reading is required for piano auditions.

Theory Test:

All students who fulfilled the practical component, with then be able to complete the theoretical assessment on Saturday, 10 September.

The entrance test is comparable to Unisa Grade V, 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.

The written tests will also be conducted online. Further detail to follow from the audition co-ordinator.

Please direct any questions to Yolanda Botha at