Diploma (Practical Music)

Entrance requirements

  • Matric Certificate
  • Theory –Grade 3/4
  • Practical – Grade 7 on the main instrument (or voice)

Course length:

  • Three-year programme.

What does the Diploma in Practical Music entail?

  • Students must enrol for all 3 years in Music Skills (theory of music and aural training) , Practical Music Study in any of the instruments listed below and General Music Studies.  Teaching method, Information Skills, Music education, Music technology, Repertoire Study, and a choice of courses in Practical Score reading, accompaniment, orchestral practise, orchestral study, language for singers, church music practise, ensemble singing, chamber music, business management (music), theatre skills (music) are also on offer.
  • Students may articulate to the Diploma in Music from the Higher Certificate in Music if they comply with the entrance requirements for the Diploma and have undergone the prescribed selection process.  Students will receive credit for General Music Study, Music Theory, Music Technology, Aural Training.
  • The Diploma (Practical Music) can, in exceptional cases, articulate to the 2nd year of the BMus (a minimum final mark of 70% in each of the following: General Music Study, Music Theory) provided that the student complies with the entrance requirements for the BMus and follows the prescribed selection process.

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: Leonore Bredekamp Tel. 021 808 2176 E-mail: lbrede@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.

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 yolandab@sun.ac.za