Music and Musicology

Chairperson : Dr P Matiure (Dphil, MA,Bed,GCE)
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Social Sciences

About the Department


To provide training in the academic discipline of Ethnomusicology, enabling students to gain a theoretical underpinning to face the diverse practices of African Music, and to develop a community consciousness.

To give an insight into the sociological, psychological and ethnomusicological aspects of Music, and the interaction with the other elements of culture.

To provide an in-depth understanding of the musical traditions of Zimbabwe, Africa and other cultures of the world, including Jazz and popular Music, as well as the different challenges pertaining to the Music Industry and any other Music related fields.




Candidates should have satisfied the general entry requirements for undergraduate degrees of the Midlands State University.

Candidates must meet the normal entry requirements of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For Special and Mature entry, candidates should have satisfied the general academic regulations for Special as well as Mature entry for undergraduate degrees of the Midlands State University.

The candidate should have passed at least 5 subjects at O’ Level, or equivalents, with at least 3 among the following :

Literature in English, Religious studies, History, Geography, Sociology, Law, Economics, Shona, Ndebele, Art, Music, Computer Studies, Principles of Accounts, Management of Business, or any African Languages and Culture subjects.


The candidate should have A’ Level passes in any 2 of the following :

Art, Music, English Literature, Divinity, History, Geography, Sociology, Law, Economics, Management of Business, Computer Studies, Shona, Ndebele, any African Language, any Media Studies subjects.


Department of Music & Musicology

Midlands State University 

P.Bag 9055



Tel +263 54 260409 / +263 54 260450/ +263 54 260667

Career Prospects

  • Entrepreneur
  • Publicist ( advertising )
  • Music Promoter
  • Music Manager
  • Recording company executive
  • Repertoire agent for recording companies
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Producer
  • Station manager
  • Broadcaster
  • DJ / Radio announcer
  • Media consultant / officer
  • Liaison officer
  • Audio producer
  • Audio / sound designer
  • Audio programmer
  • Sound editor
  • Music or arts administrator
  • Music publisher
  • Audio archivist
  • Music critic
  • Music librarian
  • Researcher
  • Teacher / educator



1.1 These regulations shall be read in conjunction with the General Academic Regulations for undergraduate degrees hereinafter referred to as the General Regulations.

1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed an approved programme and passed examinations in accordance with the General Regulations.


The degree provides students with top class tuition and thorough training in music making, performance, marketing and management in an effort to develop a viable music industry. The department interacts and collaborates with various stake holders who include institutions of learning, prominent music performing artists, music companies, industries, recording studios and arts groups. These stake holders afford students practical work experiences in the various areas of students’ specialisation during work related learning.


Applicants should meet the normal University and Faculty of Social Sciences entry requirements

3.1 Normal Entry requirements

For normal entry requirements into Bachelor of Science in Music and Musicology Honours Degree, applicants should have at least two

“A” level passes. A certificate or Diploma in Music will be an added advantage.

3.2 Special Entry

Candidates who have successfully completed a diploma in music or have obtained equivalent qualifications may apply for entry into BMM Honours degree Programme subject to availability of places. Such candidates may be exempted from certain modules at the discretion of the department

3.3 Mature Entry

Candidates may apply for mature entry after attending interviews and or a special test at the University exclusively designed to assess both his/her general suitability for admission into University and suitability to undertake a Bachelor of Music Degree


BMM Honours graduate may become a musician, entrepreneur, publicist/ advertiser, music promoter/marketing agent, music manager, music producer, music critic, repertoire agent, sound engineer, music publisher, archivist, music librarian, music /arts administrator, researcher, educator, audio producer, sound designer, audio programmer. The graduates may also work in various cultural organisations, music companies, radio stations, television stations and media houses.


Students participate in various music ensembles which include the electric band, mbira, marimba, and dance (African traditional and contemporary). Exposure from these ensembles enables students to form their own bands/ groups and come up with their own recordings

Activities/ Events

Students participate in music performances such as concerts, recitals, road shows, talent shows, fund raising shows, graduation ceremonies entertainment, public lectures, clean-up campaigns, awareness campaigns, and other social gatherings


5.1 The number of modules taken by any student from outside the department may restricted.

5.2 Optional modules are offered subject to availability of staff in the department.


6.1 The method of assessment includes continuous assessment, examination, Work Related Learning and dissertation.

6.2 Overall assessment shall be computerized as follows;

Continuous assessment 40%

Examination 60%

6.3 The highest mark can be awarded for a late dissertation bound according to departmental specifications.


Refer to Section 9 of the General Regulations


Refer to Section 8 of the General Regulations


Refer to Section 6 of the Faculty Regulations


Refer to Section 10 of the Faculty Regulations


Refer to Section 11 of the Faculty regulations.


Level 1 Semester 1

BMM 114 Musical Sound 4
BMM 115 Mbira and Voice 4
BMM 118 Ethnomusicology 4
BMM 121 History of Western Music 1 4
BMM 122 Theory of Music 1 4
CS 101 Communication Skills 4

Level 1 Semester 2

BMM 113 Musicology 4
BMM 119 African Ethnography 4
BMM 120 Recorder and Marimba 4
BMM 123 History of Western Music 2 4
BMM 124 Theory of Music 2 4
HCS 115 Introduction to Information Technology 4

Level 2 Semester 1

BMM 201 Zimbabwean Traditional Genres, Styles and Dances 4
BMM 202 Organology 4
BMM 203 Popular Music 4
BMM 204 Keyboard and Guitar 4
GS 201 Gender Studies 4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 2 Semester2

BMM 205 Transcription and Analysis 4
BMM 206 Music and Other Media 4
BMM 207 Research Methods in Music 4
BMM 208 Fundamental Performance Practice Specialization 4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 3 Semesters 1 and 2

BMM 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
BMM 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
BMM 303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10

Level 4 Semester1

BMM 402 World Music Cultures 4
BMM 403 Compositional Techniques 4
BMM 404 Intermediate Performance Practice 4
BMM 405 Music Technology (optional) 4
BMM 406 Instrument Construction (optional) 4
BMM 412 History of Jazz 4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 4 Semester.2

BMM 407 Music Critique, Law and Ethics 4
BMM 408 Dissertation 4
BMM 409 Advanced Performance Practice Specialization 4
BMM 410 Music Management and Marketing (optional) 4
BMM 411 Music Methods (optional) 4

Plus one elective from another department


BMM 113 Musicology

The modules seeks to trace the emergence, emphasis and development of the discipline as a field of study at university level to the present day, as well as forecasting its future.

BMM 114 Music Sound

The module examines the nature and character of musical sound with particular reference to its qualities and transmission.

BMM115 Mbira and Voice

The module intends to furnish the students with the background knowledge to and manipulative skills in mbira and voice.

BMM 118 Ethnomusicology

The module examines the emergence and development of the discipline of Ethnomusicology over time and space.

BMM 119 African Ethnography

The module aims to help students appreciate the role of music in African societies and also standards by which music can be judged African.

BMM 120 Recorder and Marimba

This module develops some sound fundamental knowledge of and manipulative skills in Recorder and Marimba.

BMM 121 History of Western Music Part 1

This module focuses on the History of Western Music from medieval to baroque period, and also showing the development of notation.

BMM 122 Theory of Music 1

The module is intended to further develop the students’ fundamental knowledge and skills in interpreting music in relation to time notes, pitch notes, scales and keys up to 7 sharp and 7 flats.

BMM 123 History of Western Music Part 2

This module focuses on the history of Western Music from Classical to 20th Century Period.

BMM 124 Theory of Music Part 2

This module exposes students to concepts related to musical space including intervals, triads, chords and cadences as well as modulation and transposition. It further stretches theory of music through the study of minor scales, chromatic scales, the entire rhythmic range including and music performance.

GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies

Refer to the department of Gender Studies

BMM 201 Zimbabwean Traditional Music Genres, Styles and Dances

The module focuses on the ethnic music genres, styles and dances of the indigenous people of Zimbabwean in their geographical locations

BMM 202 Organology

The module encompasses the study of musical instruments with particular emphasis on origin; make,and sound producing device, compass register and classification.

BMM 203 Popular Music

The module aims to trace the birth ,history and development of Popular Music and how this influenced the history and development of popular music in Zimbabwe.

BMM 204 Guitar and Keyboard

The module develops in students some basic knowledge and skills in guitar and keyboard instruments.

BMM 205 Transcription Analysis

The module examines the merits and demerits of transcribing and analyzing music in an attempt to establish appropriate ways of interpreting and preserving music from different cultures.

BMM206 Music and Other Media

The module exposes students to and helps them operate and manage electronic equipment such as audio recorders / players, video cameras, recording studio equipment as well as composing and editing equipment.

BMM207 Research Methods in Music

This module is a grounding course on both scientific and social research methods as applicable to music in gathering, analyzing, interpreting and presenting data.

BMM 208 Fundamental Performance Practice Specialization

The module focuses on the fundamental knowledge, concepts and skills related to the selected major and minor instruments.

BMM 402 World Music Cultures

The module aims to develop in students an appreciation of the fact that music is a universal phenomenon but its meaning varies with each culture, however issues, such as cross culturalism and acculturation play a central role in the assimilating of differences.

BMM 403 Compositional Techniques

The module presents the students with a variety of techniques employed by different composers in composing music so as to lay a foundation upon which the can create music of their own.

BMM 404 Intermediate Performance Practice Specialization

The module focuses on intermediate knowledge, concepts and skills related to the selected major and minor instruments.

BMM 405 Music Technology (Optional)

This practical module looks at the computer, control of sound and sound manipulation; drum programming with MIDI, sampling, digital recording and basics of sound engineering.

BMM 406 Instrument Construction (optional

This module enables students to gather knowledge about, maintain and produce musical instruments with the help of tuning devices.

BMM 407 Music Critique, Law and Ethics

The module affords the students the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained and skills acquired in carrying out informed critical analysis of musical works. The module also sensitizes students on ethical issues and laws pertaining musical performance, preservation and ownership.

BMM 408 Dissertation

This module derives support from BMM 207 Research Methods as well as seminars and one to one supervision sessions.

BMM 409 Advanced Performance Practice Specialization

The module focuses on advanced knowledge, concepts and skills related to the selected major and minor instruments.

BMM 410 Music Management and Marketing (optional)

The module relates to management and marketing of business in the entertainment and music industry.

BMM 412 History of Jazz

This module seeks to trace the history, development, spread and globalization of jazz and how it influences the development of Zimbabwe Township Music and its current status in Zimbabwe.