Welcome to the South African College of Music

The University of Cape Town's, music department is known internationally as the South African College of Music (SACM) and is considered to be the leading music school in South Africa.

SACM offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree and diploma programmes specialising in African and World Music, Jazz Studies, Composition, Classical Music, Opera, Music Technology and Musicology.

African and World Music

African and World Music

African and World Music programme engages performers, composers, researchers and students in a quest for innovative African musical performance culture - one that is sensitive to Africa’s musical heritage yet contemporary in its outlook.
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The SACM provides musical training covering all aspects of the art with opportunities in solo, chamber music and ensemble performance. In addition, the SACM has prominent academic staff in music education, composition and musicology.
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The Jazz Studies Programme, established in 1989, is South Africa's top program of its kind. It boasts the renowned UCT Big Band, performing at esteemed venues nationwide. With award-winning staff, it presents public concerts and festivals.
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Opera UCT

Opera UCT is widely recognised as a leader in the transformation of opera, offering comprehensive operatic training. Students gain practical experience through professional performances, including those at the Baxter and Artscape Theatres.
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The College staff includes some of the foremost and internationally acclaimed performing artists, academics and composers; our graduates continue to dominate the arenas of performance and academia.

Some of our alumni include: singers Pumeza Matshikza, Golda Schultz, Filipa van Eck, Sarah-Jane Brandon, Musa Ngqungwana, Levy Sekgapane and Pretty Yende, who are enjoying great success in the field of Opera around the world; Selaelo Selota and Jimmy Dludlu (jazz guitar), Darren English (jazz trumpet) and Vuyo Sotashe (jazz vocalist) are playing the jazz scene internationally; pianist James Baillieu is now Professor of Piano Accompaniment and Vocal Repertoire at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is in demand as a performer around Europe, Asia and the USA.


New books chart SA contribution to opera

Two new books – one charting the performance history of opera in Cape Town and the other on the life of the late South African repetiteur Gordon Jephtas – will be launched on Tuesday, 21 May 2024 at the Baxter Concert Hall.
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Conrad Asman

UCT Alumni Shine at Cape Town Opera Festival

South African College of Music alumnus Conrad Asman’s first opera, ‘Trial by Media,’ was recently performed with great success at Artscape as part of Cape Town Opera’s ‘Shorts – A Festival of Pocket Operas.’
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