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FLEXI-LEARNING BAMUS (article first published : 2003-01-23)

The Department of Music at the University of Pretoria has come up with a great opportunity for those who wish to study music in their own homes while still keeping family or work commitments.

The BAMus course will now be presented as a flexi-learning programme. Material and assignments can be sent direct to students, to work through in their own time. The only entrance requirements for this degree are a good musical ear and full matriculation exemption.

This is a BA course combined with Music. The curriculum is structured over three or four years. While gaining music appreciation of various styles and certain teaching skills, the knowledge gained will include theory of music; knowledge of musical instruments; the history of various musical traditions; playing of instruments; correct singing techniques; African music choral; conducting, and musical entrepreneurship.

Modules should be selected from the subject fields of Biblical and Religious Studies; History; African Languages; Information Sciences (computer courses); and Sociology.

One of these courses continues to the second and the third year level, so that the BA graduate not only qualifies as a musician, but also in the chosen non-music subject.

The BAMus course will set students on the path of becoming an Arts and Culture facilitator; music entrepreneur or community service organiser. They will have the skills to conduct choral music, arrange music for various instruments used in schools; choreograph revues and cabarets and perform on steel drums, marimbas and African drums.

Because of the practical nature of the music subjects, students will be required to attend lectures of a week during school holidays, three times a year. This offers the opportunity of meeting fellow students, interacting with the lecturers, taking part in discussions and using the music library with all its facilities.

The course will also be offered full-time for residential students, with lectures taking place during mornings and afternoons.

The University of Pretoria is a dual-language university. Lectures for this course will be presented in English. Students are welcome to write tests, exams and assignments in either English or Afrikaans.

Contact Dr Sanet Schoeman on 012 420 2316/3651, fax 012 420 2248 or e-mail: sanet@postino.up.ac.za or visit www.up.ac.za/academic/music/music.html




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