Music 4 (MUS 4)
Full-year (120 credits at NQF level 8)
Entrance requirements: BMus 3
Course description: The Honours course is completed in the fourth year of study. Students must complete five papers or their equivalent in credit points (5). Subject to student preferences and the availability of staff, the topics for the papers are selected from the following:
Compulsory: At least one of the following
Paper 1: Extended essay (2)
The candidate is required to submit an appropriately researched extended essay of not more than 10 000 words on a subject approved by the Head of Department. Three copies of the extended essay must be presented, suitably bound.
Paper 2: Full Recital (2)
A public recital of not less than 70 minutes. Repertoire subject to the approval of the Head of Department after consultation with the full-time staff.
Paper 3: Full Composition portfolio (2)
The portfolio must consist of a minimum of 20 minutes of music, representing at least two of the following categories:
1. Solo Instrument.
2. Chamber Ensemble including Choir (up to 10 instruments or Double Choir of 8 voices).
3. Voice or solo instrument with accompaniment.
4. Orchestra (Chamber or Symphony) /Large Jazz Ensemble.
Paper 4: Analysis 4 (1)
Advanced analytical projects in Western art music and/or jazz and/or African music.
Paper 5: Musicology 4 (1)
Musicological theories and their application, which may be linked to the topic chosen in Paper 1.
Paper 6: Ethnomusicology 4 (1)
Semester 1 is a readings seminar with a focus on contemporary theory in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Studies. Students begin work on a chosen research project which culminates in preparation of an extended essay based on the research project in Semester 2.
Paper 7: Sound Technology (1)
Studio recording and mixing down using both analogue and digital protocols. A portfolio of 4 mixed down works must be submitted as 50 % of the course requirement.
Paper 8: Short Composition Portfolio (1)
Individual project(s) in composition leading to the submission of a short, varied portfolio of completed work. Minimum composition time of 10 minutes.
Paper 9: Short public performance (1)
A public recital of not less than 35 minutes with works approved by the Head of Department after consultation with the full-time staff.
Paper 10: Instrumental Music Studies 4 (1)
The study of a major instrument and ensemble training. No public recital is attached to this course. Repertoire subject to the approval of the Head of Department after consultation with the full-time staff.
Paper 11: Conducting (1)
The introduction to orchestral and choral conducting.
Paper 12: Chamber Music Recital (1)
A chamber music performance of not less than 30 minutes with works and ensembles approved by the Head of Department after consultation with the fulltime staff.
Paper 13: Concerto Performance (1)
Public performance of a concerto or movements thereof as approved by the Head of Department after consultation with the full-time staff.
Paper 14: Music Education (1)
Music education research topics as approved by the Head of Department.
Paper 15: Arts Management (1)
This course provides an overview of arts management using dialogue, research and practical illustration through informal and interactive sessions. The objectives are to equip the student with vital skills required in the arts environment, both nationally and internationally.
- Not all fourth year/honours papers are necessarily available every year.
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