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.

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 applicants are required to write a theory proficiency test as part of the audition. 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