Advanced Diploma in Practical Music

Entrance requirements

Candidates must be in possession of a Diploma (Practical Music) or a recognised equivalent qualification in classical music.

Course length:

  • One-year, full time programme.
  • Weekly, one-on-one lessons with as many opportunities as possible to perform both publicly and within the Department of Music, under the guidance of the lecturer.

What does the Advanced Diploma in Practical Music entail?

  • Students must enrol for Practical Music Study and Repertoire study in any of the instruments listed below. Two co-requisite components are also required depending on the students choice of speciality.

Which instruments can I study?

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

Which ensembles will I be a part of ?

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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.

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.