The South African College of Music offers training in a range of orchestral instruments, piano, voice, African music and jazz. The College boasts several string, wind, jazz and percussion ensembles as well as choirs, a symphony orchestra and Jazz Big Band. In addition the Opera School annually presents a season of opera performances. All students are required either to play in the orchestras or bands or sing in the choirs, at the discretion of the Director.

The wide range of programmes offered includes: ethnomusicology; performance studies in classical music and opera, African music and jazz; musicology (theory and history); music technology; and composition.

Postgraduate Degrees and Diplomas in Music:

Bachelor of Music (Honours) 1 year
in musicology  
in composition  
in performance  
Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance

2 years

Master of Music minimum
2 years
by dissertation  
by dissertation and performance  
by dissertation and composition  
by dissertation and course work  
by dissertation, course work and performance  
Doctor of Philosophy in Music minimum
3 years

Admission Requirements and further information can be found in the Faculty of Humanities Student Handbooks.