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Important announcement for Musicology students 

 Following a recent decision by Unisa Senate:

1         THE LICENTIATE REQUIREMENT

The requirement of a licentiate in practical music for the BMus degree has been dropped with immediate effect. This means that you will NOT be expected to acquire a licentiate before the degree may be awarded. This ruling also applies to all BMus students who are currently enrolled for the degree.

2         PREREQUISITE FOR CST 2601, CST2602 AND CST2603 from 2013

Grade 4 in piano will become a prerequisite for the second-level Composition Studies modules CST2601, 2602 and 2603 as from 2013.

We are proud to announce that Professor Marc Duby will be joining the Musicology section of our staff at the beginning of June 2011.
Marc is an NRF-rated researcher and highly experienced jazz musician, having been awarded the first mastersí degree in jazz performance (cum laude) in the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 1987. A prize-winning composer of film music, he is active as a performer, composer/arranger, and music educator. In 2001 he was appointed as the first director of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band. Marcís PhD thesis was on Soundpainting, the sign language for live composition devised by the New York composer/saxophonist Walter Thompson.

As from 2010 our teaching model and Musicology curriculum at undergraduate level sees several important changes.

First, we shall offer all our modules in semesters only. This means that you will be able to choose between Semester 1 (written exams in May/June) and Semester 2 (written exams in October/November).

Second, our existing three major subjects will be consolidated into two majors: Composition Studies (which includes aspects such as harmony, counterpoint and analysis) and Music in History and Society). In addition, we offer the first-level module Music Bibliography for BMus students. You may select modules from Music in History and Society (or choose it as a major) even if you are not registered for the BMus degree (e.g. the BA or BVA degrees). Some Composition Studies modules are also available for BA students.