The School of the Arts: Music offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, covering classical, jazz and African music. We are the only university on the African continent that offers Music Therapy as an under and post graduate option. Our 200 students come from over a dozen countries and have the most diverse cultural, social and linguistic backgrounds While many have their homes in South Africa or the surrounding African states, others come from as far afield as England, America and the Far East in order to study here. Our staff body, comprising twelve full-time and some fifty part-time members, is similarly cosmopolitan, including graduates from the Juilliard School of Music (New York), the Conservatories of Paris, Munich, Carlsruhe and Vienna, and the Universities of Harvard, Vienna, Belfast, Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield and Pennsylvania.
Our performing students achieve more successes in local, national and international competitions than those of any other university in South Africa. Our composers enjoy many performances at home and abroad; our research output are among the highest in country (around 100 Honours, Magister and Doctoral students) and we are placing increasing emphasis on the study and performance of popular, jazz and African indigenous music. We enjoy regular visits from leading overseas artists and teachers.
The University Orchestra gives over half a dozen concerts each year, and offers all performance students an opportunity to play a concerto during their four years of study. Each year, our finest student performances are recorded and CDs are released .
We are also aware that our future depends upon helping to alleviate the social educational imbalances that are a Legacy of South Africa's past. The Music Programmes are therefore involved in numerous outreach projects and in-service training courses, all designed to bring music, music education, music technology and music therapy to the wider South African population, especially to those communities who have hitherto been particularly disadvantaged. Our goal is identical to that of the University as a whole: to be internationally competitive, yet locally relevant.