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The Popular Music Department has over the years produce a top notch musicians, some of whom have gone on to become household names in the South African music industry We have 2 professional recording studios; a programming room equipped with computers loaded with the latest music soft wares 2 ensemble rooms that are equipped with the set of musical instruments and a PA system; a DJ laboratory equipped with a turn table and a CDJ’s; Computer laboratory equipped with computers and basic soft-ware; an Audio-visual centre equipped with a television set and a DVD sound system as well as class rooms. The Music Department boasts Lecturers who are themselvesaccomplished musicians, exposing our learners to hands onmusic industry knowledge.

POPULAR MUSIC COURSES:

TWO SPECIALIZATION AREAS:

  • Music Performance: For aspiring performers (instrument player & singers), Dj’s and music composers.
  • Studio Work: For aspiring sound engineers, producers, arrangers and also Dj’s

WHERE TO STUDY THIS COURSE
Highveld Campus-Crown Mines Site

PERSONALITY TRAITS
Students must be:
• Hardworking
• Creative
• Have a passion for music

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Students can become:
• Professional recording or performing artists or musicians
• Freelance musicians
• Producers
• Songwriters/composers
• Sound engineers
• Djs
• Music entrepreneurs who run their own businesses such as promotion company, record labels, artist-management company or a marketing company.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
NQF Level 4: NQF Level 3 or Grade 12
Intro to N4: Grade 12
N4: Grade 12 and Musical Background
N5: N4
N6: N5

DURATION
NQF Level 1 Year
N4 -N6 Each Level is 6 Months

CURRICULUM MUSIC PERFORMANCE

N4
Music Performance

– Aural and Ensemble
– Improvisation
– Music Business
– Practical Instrument

N5
Music Performance

– Aural and Ensemble
– Improvisation
– Music Business
– Practical Instrument

N6
Music Performance

– Aural and Ensemble
– Improvisation
– Music Business
– Practical Instrument


CURRICULUM STUDIO WORK

N4
Studio work

– Music Business
– Electronic music and keyboard techniques
– Arranging and production
– Sound Engineering

N5
Studio work

– Music Business
– Electronic music and keyboard techniques
– Arranging and production
– Sound Engineering

N6
Studio work

– Music Business
– Electronic music and keyboard techniques
– Arranging and production
– Sound Engineering

STUDIO WORK
After successfully completing the course and an 18-month experiential training period in the music industry, students can apply for the National Diploma in Popular Music.

ASSESSMENT
NQF Programme Formative ( continuous assessments) and Summative (final examinations) assessment are written to determine competency levels in according to the departmental policy process.

Studio work N6 external exams are written in JUNE and DECEMBER to determine whether one requires a qualification.

SELECTION PROCESS
A screening process ( in a form of short audition) will be conducted to ensure that we select the appropriate candidate for our music programmes.