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COMPOSITION STUDIES

Major combinations:
NQF Level: 5: CST1501, CST1502, CST1511, CST1512
NQF Level: 6: CST2601, CST2602, CST2603
NQF Level: 7: CST3702, CST3703, CST3704, CST3705, CST3706, CST3714
It is advised that students have regular access to a computer for the above-mentioned modules. Students who have completed CST3701 will be exempted from the module CST3714.
Only students who have previously registered for CST1501, CST1502, CST3701 or CST3706 may re-register for these modules. Students who have completed ONE of either CST1501 OR CST1502 may register for the other module.

Music Technology - CST1512
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Qualifying students will acquire a foundational knowledge of digital audio technology. This module will be of particular use to aspiring composers, arrangers and performers who wish to understand and utilize music in a digital environment, as well as to students of multimedia who wish to incorporate recorded or synthesized sound elements into their work. Furthermore, qualifying students will be able to assemble and configure a digital audio hardware and software environment, and exploit these audio technologies, including soundcards, microphones, speakers and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, to record, edit, mix and master their own digital audio music projects.
Music Technology I: MIDI - CST2601
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To provide students with the skills required to work creatively with pitched and unpitched sound using the MIDI protocol. They will become familiar with the General MIDI standard and work with MIDI sequencers using tracks, channels, patches, and quantization. They will also gain knowledge of the repertoire of electronic and electro-acoustic music. This work will stimulate the students own compositional activities.
Composition Models III: Chromaticism - CST2602
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST1501 & CST1502
Purpose: To familiarize students with a selected repertoire of music that incorporates chromaticism. This repertoire will focus on, but not be limited To, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Learners will be able to apply this harmonic vocabulary in the composition of their own music and understand some implications of chromatic material on the structure of music. They will also gain some experience of studying music in orchestral score format.
Composition Models IV: Music Analysis - CST2603
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 6 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST1501 & CST1502
Purpose: To familiarize students with the structure and syntax of a selected repertoire of music from the 17th to 19th centuries through the application of a range of analytical techniques. They will be able to create original compositions in a variety of mediums using selected models.
African Composition Resources - CST3701
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST2602
Purpose: To enable students to explore and gain an understanding of compositional resources used in the music of various cultural groups within various African and Asian traditions. Students will create original compositions, based on models they have studied in this module.
Modernist Composition Resources - CST3702
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST2602
Purpose: To enable students to explore and gain understanding of resources available to composers of the first half of the twentieth century. They will become familiar with a selected repertoire of seminal works by major composers from America, Europe and South Africa. Students will create original compositions, based on the models that they have studied in this module.
Postmodern Composition Resources - CST3703
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST2602
Purpose: To enable students to explore and gain understanding of the resources available to composers since the late 1960s. They will become familiar with a selected repertoire of seminal works by major composers from America, Europe and South Africa. Students will create original compositions, based on the models that they have studied in this module.
Free Composition - CST3704
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Pre-requisite: CST2602
Purpose: To enable students to create a portfolio of original compositions in different musical mediums. They will draw on the wide range of models and resources they have studied in their composition modules. At least one of these will be publicly performed.
Performing Practice - CST3705
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to understand the basic principles of performing practice in Western music since the late 16th century and to explore the historical resources that underpin our knowledge of those principles in order to apply them convincingly in performing music today.
Music Technology II: Digital Audio - CST3706
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To introduce students to acoustics and the manipulation of sound waves for artistic/musical purposes using sampling techniques and a variety of waveform editing and sequencing programs. They will also study the history and current repertoire of electronic and electro-acoustic music in addition to the current thinking behind the manipulation/organisation of sound. This will enhance the student's ongoing compositional activities with both pitched and unpitched sound.
African Composition - CST3714
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 7 Credits: 12
Module presented in English Module presented online
Pre-requisite: CST2611 or ( CST2602 and CST2603) and [CST3711 or (CST3702 and CSTCST3703)] and CST3713
Purpose: Qualifying students will learn the mechanical and acoustic properties of Western orchestral and African instruments, and how to apply these in various ensemble combinations. Qualifying students will learn to write music for strings, percussion, woodwind, and brass instrument combinations, and apply these to contemporary musical idioms. Students will also learn to write for combinations of African instruments and how to address the acoustic challenges associated with combining instruments using non-standardized tuning systems.
Composition Models I: Tonal Music - CST1501
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to explore the structural, harmonic and contrapuntal aspects of tonal compositions with a clear texture and a predominantly diatonic harmonic vocabulary. They will gain skills in studying music for ensemble (e.g. four-part choir/ string quartet) using short score and open score formats.
Composition Models II: Modal and Tonal Counterpoint - CST1502
Under Graduate Degree Semester module NQF level: 5 Credits: 12
Module presented in English
Purpose: To enable students to explore the structural and contrapuntal processes in selected compositions from the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries. They will gain skills in studying both vocal and instrumental mediums, and will be able to create short original compositions using these models.
Music Theory and Composition I - CST1511
Under Graduate Degree Year module NQF level: 5 Credits: 24
Module presented in English Module presented online
Purpose: Qualifying students will gain foundational knowledge of tonal harmonic practice as it applies to historical common practice usage in the form of chorale settings, and also to contemporary contexts, including popular songwriting and jazz. Species counterpoint from the early common practice period will also be covered. Students will be able to apply the fundamental principles of tonality in a variety of stylistic contexts, and furthermore understand how these principles are repurposed stylistically as a function of context.