Postgraduate

Postgraduate Study Programmes

Honours BA Music

The Honours BA Music is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) programme with elective modules in a variety of music disciplines.

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with music subjects or an equivalent qualification. Students who only completed History of Music for the Bachelor's degree will not be admitted to Honours studies in Music.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.
  • Candidates who wish to choose Practical Music as one of the elective modules have to audition in the instrument of their choice. A well-balanced programme of approximately 20-25 minutes, consisting of works that are representative of various styles, genres and languages, has to be presented to the panel.
  • All elective module selections are subject to approval.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Compulsory modules Elective modules (choose 3) [28 credits each]

MUSH671 Research Methodology [12 credits]

MUSH672 Research Essay [32 credits]

MUSH673 Historical Musicology

MUSH674 Social Musicology

MUSH675 Didactics: Practical Music Tuition [contact / in residence only]

MUSH676 Group Music

MUSH677 Practical Music Studies (e.g. singing, wind instruments, string instruments, keyboard instruments, choral conducting) [contact / in residence only]

MUSH679 African Music

MUSH680 Community Music

MUSH681 Inquiry and Applications in Music Education

Module descriptions

MUSH671 Research Methodology
Contact the lecturer, Prof Liesl van der Merwe, for further information.

MUSH672 Research Essay
This module consists of writing a research essay of limited scope and presenting a paper at a postgraduate seminar. In consultation with a designated supervisor, students will critically interrogate sources of knowledge, choose appropriate research methods, collect and analyse data, and present coherent arguments in drawing logical conclusions. Contact the Research Director, Prof Chris van Rhyn, for further information.

MUSH673 Historical Musicology
In this module, students will throroughly examine selected subjects focusing on musicians and/or genres of music, and in the process develop their knowledge, comprehension, and research and communication skills (both oral and written). Previous subjects included: Radiohead's Career and Music, Progressive Rock, Maverick American composers, and The Concept Album. Contact the lecturer, Mr Jaco van der Merwe, for further information.

MUSH674 Social Musicology
Social Musicology treats music as a form of action and expression that shapes human life. Its focus broadens from the personal musical experiences of the student to an overview of music as culture. Contact the lecturer, Prof Jaco Kruger, for further information.

MUSH675 Didactics: Practical Music Tuition
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to function independently as responsible and competent music educators, with integrated theoretical knowledge of the theories and strategies used to teach a specific instrument. Students should also have the necessary advanced skills to critically assess and apply that knowledge within a teaching and learning environment. Contact the programme leader, Mr Jaco van der Merwe, for further information.

MUSH676 Group Music
The purpose of this module is to assist students to master specific skills to refine their own teaching skills in accordance with the discipline of Music Education. Students will learn how to integrate their teaching skills with current trends in music education. This module will develop the knowledge on the facilitation of formal and informal learning experiences by working with various ensembles. Contact the lecturer, Ms Rineke Viljoen, for further information.

MUSH677 Practical Music Studies
This module entails the weekly practical lesson with an assigned lecturer in the student's instrument of choice. The student will prepare a well-balanced concert programme of 50-60 minutes (depending on the instrument/vocal studies) representing a variety of styles and including a substantial ensemble work, all to be presented at the end of the year during a public performance. Contact the programme leader, Mr Jaco van der Merwe, for further information.

MUSH679 African Music
This Honours level African music module is designed to provide students with in-depth analytical, theoretical and practical experience of selected musical cultures from across the African continent. Students will learn about the music of the New Year’s Carnival of Cape Town, Xhosa musical bows, mouthbows of eSwatini and Zimbabwe, the lamellophones of Zimbabwe, xylophones of Mozambique and Uganda, and the dance musics of Angola and DRC. Contact the lecturer, Dr Cara Stacey, for further information.

MUSH680 Community Music
This module provides students with the skills needed to develop a critical understanding of the emergent field of community music in the South African context. Students will be required to leverage this critical understanding to evaluate community music practices in the South African context. Through their practical experience, together with their theoretical knowledge, students will learn to choose appropriate strategies to solve problems community music facilitators face within the South African context. Contact the lecturer, Dr Janelize Morelli, for further information.

MUSH681 Inquiry and Applications in Music Education
This module will focus on the understanding of everyday practical examples or activities in which music educators may engage in. This module will use relevant research to orientate the students to make informed choices, to become competent music educators who are aware of current trends in their field of expertise, and inspire creativity within music education. Contact the lecturer, Ms Rineke Viljoen, for further information.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R44,000 for the programme (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Mr Jaco van der Merwe
Tel. +27 18 299-1699
jaco.vandermerwe@nwu.ac.za

 

MMus in Musicology (dissertation)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may only choose a topic from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • Students may be requested to present their BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with their studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • A student may be expected to discuss the proposal with the research committee.
  • If students should be unable to comply with these requirements for a specfic reason, they may obtain permission to present the research committee with acceptable proof that they are sufficiently prepared to continue with their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Dissertation [180 credits].

With the approval of the relevant entity's research committee and Faculty Executive Committee, a student may present articles that have been submitted for publication to an accredited journal, for examination in lieu of a dissertation.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Prof Chris van Rhyn
Tel. +27 18 299-1695
chris.vanrhyn@nwu.ac.za

 

MMus in Musicology with Applied Music Studies (mini-dissertation & modules)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 65% average for academic subjects in the final year of BMus.
  • Students must obtain a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may only choose a topic for their mini-dissertation from a subject that has been completed up to BMus IV level.
  • Students may be required to present their BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with their studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation. A student may be expected to discuss the proposal with the research committee.
  • If students should be unable to comply with these requirements for a specfic reason, they may obtain permission to present the research committee with acceptable proof that they are sufficiently prepared to continue with their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Mini-dissertation [90 credits].
  • Community Music [45 credits].
  • Applied music studies [45 credits].

In this degree, students will be required to actively participate in a community music project and to write articles about some aspect of the project or their participation in the project.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Prof Chris van Rhyn
Tel. +27 18 299-1695
chris.vanrhyn@nwu.ac.za

 

MMus in Musicology with Music Performance (mini-dissertation & concert programmes)

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV practical performance module.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students must appear for a practical audition and present a repertoire list.
  • Students may only choose a topic from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • A student may be required to submit his/her BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with his/her studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • Students may be required to discuss their proposal with the research committee.
  • If, for specific reasons, students are unable to comply with these stipulated requirements, they may be granted permission to present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Research component consisting of a concert programme and a mini-dissertation [90 credits]
  • Two concert programmes [45 credits each] of at least 40 minutes (winds and singers) or 50 minutes (other instruments) each, with a total duration of 150 minutes (winds and singers) or 180 minutes (other instruments).

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a mini-dissertation with an article, that will be examined and submitted for publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Dr Catrien Wentink
Tel. +27 18 299-1704
catrien.wentink@nwu.ac.za

 

MMus in Music Composition

Entry Requirements

  • A BMus degree or Honours degree in Music.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 70% for the BMus IV composition module.
  • Students must have obtained a minimum of 65% for the BMus IV assignment.
  • Students may be expected to present a portfolio of original compositions.
  • Students may only choose a topic for their dissertation from a subject that they have completed up to BMus IV level.
  • A student may be required to submit his/her BMus IV assignment to the research committee for approval to continue with his/her studies.
  • A student will only be admitted to the programme after he/she has presented the research committee with a brief proposal that describes the specific theme and objectives for the dissertation.
  • Students may be required to discuss their proposal with the research committee.
  • If, for specific reasons, students are unable to comply with these stipulated requirements, they may be granted permission to present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

  • Mini-dissertation [60 credits]
  • Three portfolios of original compositions [40 credits each] of at least 20 minutes each, with a total duration of at least 75 minutes.

With the consent of the research committee of the relevant research entity and the Faculty Executive Committee, a student may substitute the submission of a mini-dissertation with an article, that will be examined and submitted for publication in an accredited journal.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R21,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Dr Catrien Wentink
Tel. +27 18 299-1704
catrien.wentink@nwu.ac.za

 

DMus

Entry Requirements

Apart from the requirements set out in General Rule A.5.2 of the University, the following admission requirements apply:

  • A candidate must have a Master’s degree in Music or an equivalent qualification, obtained with a mark of at least 65%.
  • When a candidate plans to present compositions or concerts as part of the degree, the candidate should have achieved a mark of at least 70% in the instrument of choice or in composition at Master's level.
  • In addition, a practical audition should be passed, or a composition portfolio and at least one recording of a composition should be approved, prior to admission.
  • If students should be unable to comply with these requirements for a specific reason, they may obtain permission to present the research committee with acceptable proof that they are sufficiently prepared to continue with their studies.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

The programme consists of two phases, all components of which should be passed. The phases may run concurrently.

Phase 1 consists of practical or composition work, and candidates must either present two concert programmes or two composition portfolios. These concerts or portfolios serve to hone and assess the candidate’s applied skills (including, for example, technical and interpretive skills) in the relevant instrument/voice or composition

Phase 2 consists of an artistic research process and product or products. The research proposal on which this phase is based should be completed within 6 months after registration. Phase 2 may be structured in the following ways:

  1. A thesis (may also consist of two journal articles with an extended introduction and conclusion) OR
  2. Two concert recitals or two composition portfolios AND a formal assignment or one journal article OR
  3. One concert recital and one lecture recital or one composition portfolio and one lecture presentation (which should include a live performance of a composition/compositions by the candidate or the playback of a recording thereof) AND a formal assignment or one journal article OR
  4. Two lecture recitals or two lecture presentations (which should include a live performance of a composition/compositions by the candidate or the playback of a recording thereof) AND a formal assignment or one journal article.

If option (a) is chosen, the creative work in phase 1 and the thesis in phase 2 should form an integrated whole;

If option (b), (c) or (d) is chosen, phase 1 and 2 are treated separately and only the creative work presented in phase 2 should be integrated with the written work and presented as part of the research product;

Documentation in the form of, for example, audio/video recordings, concert programmes (including programme notes), lecture notes, composition portfolios, composition scores and presentation materials (whichever may be relevant) should be submitted as evidence along with the written document in both cases, to be assessed as a whole.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R22,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Dr Catrien Wentink
Tel. +27 18 299-1704
catrien.wentink@nwu.ac.za

 

PhD in Visual and Performing Arts with Music

Entry Requirements

  • Master's degree in Music passed with a minimum of 65%.
  • If it is a taught Master's degree, the candidate must present the research committee with sufficient proof that they are adequately prepared for the continuation of their studies.
  • NEW from 2021: A laptop or equivalent device to participate in learning and assessment activities.

Applications close annually on 30 September for admission in the following year.

Curriculum

Thesis [360 credits].

With the approval of the relevant entity's research committee and Faculty Executive Committee, a student may present a series of articles that has been submitted for publication to accredited journals, for examination in lieu of a thesis.

Cost of Tuition

Approximately R22,000 per year (based on 2022 fees)

Programme Leader

Prof Chris van Rhyn
Tel. +27 18 299-1695
chris.vanrhyn@nwu.ac.za