Facilities & Resources

General Scholarships

Students need to submit a motivation for the scholarship/bursary for which they would like to apply. Scholarships and bursaries are awarded on the basis of merit and need.

The application letter should include:

a) the award(s) for which you are applying, and

b) a brief motivation for financial assistance.

Applications should be handed in to Vusi Mnyobe or emailed to v.mnyobe@ru.ac.za before

18 November 2022

1st year BMus Bursary

Awarded to a student in the first year of their BMus studies. This bursary is worth approximately R20, 000.00.


The Rhodes University Charles Bryars Scholarship

Normally intended for those planning on studying organ as a major instrument all instruments are considered eligible while studying for one of the following degrees: BMus, BA or BSc. This bursary is worth approximately R40, 000.00.


Robert B Lloyd Bursary

Awarded on the recommendation of the Head of Department of Music to a promising male student in the BMus degree course. If there is no eligible student in this category consideration will be given to a student registered for a Masters degree or higher in music. The amount for this bursary is approximately R10.000.00.


Rupert Onderwysstigting Prize

Awarded on the recommendation of the Head of Department, this bursary is worth approximately R1,500.00.


Lamond Paterson Scholarship

This is for third and/or fourth year students only. The amount per year is approximately R7 500.00.

The recipient must display talent for performing classical music composed before the year 1950, particularly in Solo Recital or in Chamber Music.


Betty Shuttleworth Bursary

Outstanding Piano Performance for advanced students. Award is made on the recommendation of the HoD. This award is worth approximately R500.


Raymond Pullen

Administered by the Research Office, this award is made on the recommendation of the Head of Department. This is only applicable for postgraduate (MMus and PhD) students. The amount for this bursary is around R60, 000.00 Applicant wishing to be considered, must submit evidence of other funding received. It is awarded for up to MMus2 and PhD3.


Grahamstown Training College Fund

The value of the bursary is approximately R15 000.00


Founded in 1954 by Hugh Tracey, ILAM is the greatest repository of African music in the world. A research institution devoted to the study of music and oral arts in Africa, it preserves thousands of historical recordings going back to 1929 and supports contemporary fieldwork. It is currently digitizing its collections. Its journal, African Music, is nearly into its fourth decade.

ILAM aims to discover, record, analyze, and archive the music of sub-Saharan Africa, with the object of establishing a theory of music making in Africa and assessing the social, cultural, and artistic values of African music. ILAM is attached to the Music Department at Rhodes University and coordinates its Ethnomusicology Programme which offers undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ethnomusicology that include training in performance of African music.

ILAM Website


The Rhodes University sound library is a branch library of the Rhodes University Library (RUL) and is located in the Music Department. The newly refurbished library is accessible to all University staff and students, as well as visitors who are members of the RUL. It houses the following collections:

  • Sheet music for Western art music, jazz, African ensemble, for a wide variety of instruments;
  • Orchestral scores;
  • Reference books;
  • Journals, including various online subscriptions;
  • Wide variety of LPs, CDs and Cassette tapes;

The library has PCs for student use with the following:

  • Midi keyboard for aural and compositional use;
  • Sibelius software for composition;
  • Printing and scanning facilities.

The sound library offers a comfortable and friendly environment with various work spaces, and has a facility to play LPs, cassette tapes and CDs. Photocopying facilities are available to library members.


Music Library

Sound Library Opening Hours

Term Time:

Monday - Thursday 08h30 – 16h30

Friday 08h30 – 13h00

Saturday 14h00 – 17h00


Monday-Friday 08h30-13h00

Sound Library Staffing

The library is staffed by Ms Ilana Kretzmann in the mornings, and by six music library assistants in the afternoons.

Sound Library Contact Information

Ms Ilana Kretzmann, Assistant Librarian

Telephone +27 (0)46 603 8492

Email i.kretzmann@ru.ac.za

Fax +27 (0)46 622 7111

Beethoven Room is a small concert venue which seats approximately 140 people and is ideal for chamber music recitals. It is used for concerts held by staff and students (such as the Jazz in Beethoven series) and local and international visiting artists, and is used for lectures and master classes. It is also home to the Department's two grand pianos, a Bösendorfer and a brand new Kawai, as well as a vintage German harpsichord. The Beethoven Room is an intimate venue, aesthetically charming in character with fine acoustics.

Beethoven room

Useful Links

Research & Performance


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