Studying with the Department
Follow the links below to find out about studies at the Department of Music and Musicology:
Subjects which do not require any prior musical knowledge
Sound Tech 1 is a year-long credit which does not require any prior musical knowledge. You will learn about analogue and digital audio, how to use a mixing desk or a live PA system, even how to record a band.
Ethnomusicology is another popular music subject which does not require any prior musical knowledge. In Ethnomusicology, you will learn about how music relates to different cultures in Africa as well as the rest of the world. The theoretical component of the course is taught in lectures, whereas the practical component (marimba playing etc) is taught at the International Library of African Music (ILAM), a great facility which we are lucky to have on our doorstep.
History and Appreciation of Music
History and Appreciation of Music is a general introduction to music, from the beginning of western art (“classical”) music through jazz and contemporary popular music, and also does not require any prior musical knowledge. South African protest music is also covered in this course, as well as traditional African music and even the social history of Rock music.
Music, Health and the Brain
This interdisciplinary half-credit, one semester course (second semester only) includes modules covering the relationship between music and emotions, human identity and meaning, language, sports psychology, music therapy, and neuroscience. It is a study of human engagement with music, encompassing musical cognition, communication, expression and creativity, as well as music’s therapeutic potential.