Certificate Programmes in Music Literacy

Introductory Certificate in Music Literacy, NQF level 3 

Intermediate Certificate in Music Literacy, NQF level 4 

Advanced Certificate in Music Literacy, NQF level 4 

About the course

These music bridging courses include an introductory Music Certificate which is specifically aimed at adults and young people who have not previously been able to take music lessons and so have no formal background. An initial certificate can be followed by intermediate and advanced certificates in Music Literacy. 

The courses are aimed at anyone who would like to be able to read music or to play a musical instrument. It’s never too late to learn! 

Many people are already involved in music-making in the community (especially in churches: accompanying, choir singing and conducting) or they want to be, and so wish to become musically literate. Some want to fulfil a lifelong desire to play an instrument, while others want in due course to study music further to use it in their work and studies (including in the advertising industry). An additional great motivation for teachers is their need for this type of training. This is especially required by those who work with learners in the preschool and foundation phases (where music is very important) or by teachers who are involved in Arts and Culture teaching in schools. Additional purposes of the programmes are also to reach out, to plough back expertise in communities, and to promote cultural activities. 

When can I start?

First programmes commence in February 2021. 

For how long will I study?

Each of the learning programmes takes one year to complete if you are studying part-time. 

Weekly time commitment: 

1,5 - 2 hours per week for Music Skills (Certificates 1 and 2) 

2 - 3 hours per week for Advanced Certificate Music Skills 

30 minutes instrument practical lesson per week (1st year), 45 minutes (2nd year), 60 minutes (3rd year). 

Important note: This qualification will be offered through a hybrid mode – a combination of online and face to face sessions.

Exit levels

Introductory Certificate in Music Literacy, Theory Grade 3, Practical Grade 4 

Intermediate Certificate in Music Literacy, Theory Grade 4/5, Practical Grade 6 

Advanced Certificate in Music Literacy, Theory Grade 5, Practical Grade 7. 

What you will learn

Within this carefully designed curriculum, you will be introduced to 

• Music Skills (theory, aural and keyboard skills) 

• Practical Music Study 

• General Music Studies. 

What can I do with my qualifications?(job opportunities)

The Introductory Certificate is first and foremost a personal exploration and enrichment programme for yourself and your music-makingactivities–singing, playing, teaching, etc.

It is not necessary to continue with formal studies after this Certificate–it gives you a basic, free-standing qualification, should you not want to proceed further. However, we target the following groups:

• Teachers – those for the Early Childhood Education and Foundation Phase and those who are involved with the Arts and Culture component of the curriculum 

• Musicians for churches, jazz clubs and bands as well as choir singers and leaders/conductors – for all these people learning to read notation and acquiring other musical skills is important 

• Dancers who want to know more about music 

• Parents and caregivers such as grandparents/child minders/au pairs who want to support young children’s early musical development or older children taking formal music lessons 

• People with a high interest in music who want to learn more about music so that they can further enjoy doing it as a hobby.

What instruments will be possible for me to learn?

We recommend wind  instruments (woodwinds like flute, clarinet, saxophone; brassinstruments such as trumpet, trombone, euphonium)because they are more accessible for adult beginners than keyboardinstruments (piano,organ)or strings(violin and cello). However, keyboards and strings are also an option for those who demonstrate an aptitude for them.

Basic keyboard understanding and skills are anautomatic part of the course, as this helps understanding of music and its notation (written music).

How will I get an instrument of my choice?

We will help you to source an instrument, as cheaply as possible. We are constantly on the look out forsecond-hand instruments. There are also companies that allow you to rent an instrument for a monthly fee and, once you are sure that you want to continue playing, you can use the money you have already paid for rental as a deposit. If you look after a musical instrument it can prove a very good investment. And remember, too, that the Voice is also regarded as an instrument!

Payment structure

The course registration fee is R550 and the course fee is R30 000 in 2021. 

On acceptance, you will be required to pay your registration fee and 10% of your course fee, thus R 3 550 to secure your placement. This amount is due within 30 days of invoice. 

The remaining R27 000 is payable over 9 months at R3 000 per month. 

Admission requirements

FET Band Learners or Matriculation certificate. In both cases an audition is also required 

Admission Process

On submission of your application through our online system, you will receive an email from HVT to invite you to participate in our admissions process. The process will consist of an interview, academic literacy assessment, and an audition. HVT will notify you via email of your provisional acceptance by 15 December 2020. We will also outline further requirements to make your final offer.

NB.Your confirmation letter of acceptance is subject to

· Final matriculation results as per course criteria.

· Payment of registration fee and first fee instalment.

Application for financial assistance is a separate process. Please contact us in this regard.

What you will need

To complete the programme, it is recommended that you have access to the following items: 

• Laptop/PC 

• Stable Internet connection 

• Your musical instrument (this can be Voice) 

• Time: ± 2 -3 hrs. per week tuition plus preferably 30-60 minutes per day music practice and work on assignments each week. Please note, should you not have access to a computer or internet, you can access these resources at the HVT Hub. 

Qualification accreditation

This is an accredited pre-undergraduate academic programme, presented in conjunction with Stellenbosch University and leading to diploma courses,and even the prospect of degree level study in music.

Career Path

Music literacy and performance skills are highly valuable in many fields and aspects of life,listed alphabetically:











Skills gained during this programme will make you a valuable member of society in many ways.

Full-time study experiencing our blended learning environment

This programme can be presented partially online. However, we believe that face to face interaction is important, and especially for the practical aspects of music. So, in addition to engaging with online content, you will be required to attend tutorials twice a week during the programme duration. You will also be able to participate in activities together with the Handevat Music Project including the Overberg Orchestra. Access will be offered to Stellenbosch University’s teaching materials, to Certificate Programme partners such as the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CTPYO) and Youth Wind Ensemble (CTPYWE) and to designated performances at the Music Department of Stellenbosch University, where complimentary tickets are made available. With this ongoing support and motivation, we ensure that you meet your goals and objectives. 

Your future starts here 

HVT brings academic excellence to the Overstrand region through carefully crafted curricula that aim to equip students with 21st century workplace skills and qualifications.

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Enrolments close 30 November 2020 

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