Higher Certificate in Music

Entrance requirements

  • Matric Certificate
  • Theory –Grade 3/4
  • Practical – Grade 5/6

Course length:

  • One year programme;

What does the Higher Certificate in Music course entail?

  • Students must enrol for Music Skills (theory of music and aural training) , Practical Music Study in any of the instruments listed below, General Music Studies, Business Management (Music), Music technology, Repertoire Study and Texts in the Humanities.  Creative skills and Orchestral practise are optional modules.
  • Students are expected to attend of a number of workshops as determined by the department with respect to writing, language and study skills. Students will be notified of these workshops at the beginning of the academic year and completion of the Higher Certificate will be subject to satisfactory attendance of these courses by the student.
  • The Higher Certificate in Music can articulate to the Diploma in Practical Music or one of the Music Department’s degree programme, on  the understanding that the student complies with the entrance requirements specified in each case, and undertakes the prescribed selection auditions.

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: Ms Felicia Lesch Tel: 021 808 2349  E-mail: fsmlesch@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 V / VI 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