Academy of Pop Music

Singer-songwriter / Instrumentalist-songwriter

As an aspiring professional Singer-songwriter / Instrumentalist-songwriter, you must learn to make use of as many available opportunities as possible to distinguish yourself. Singer-songwriters will learn to perform their own work on stage or in a studio.

As a songwriter, we expect that you learn to distinguish yourself through the use of the following stylistic devices (or combinations thereof):

  • melody
  • harmony
  • rhythm/grooves
  • instrumentation
  • production
  • text

Based on your personal programme plan (POP), the sequence in which you will use stylistic devices will be determined. You will be coached by lecturers from the major, which include leading songwriters as well as session and stage musicians. There will also be regular guest lecturers. As a songwriter, you will be able to both devise original material as well as create music on assignment, incorporating existing ideas or limitations. The ‘singer’ programme portion will be taken in the Singing major. Your vocal and performance technique will be coached there.

Admission criteria Singer-songwriter / Instrumentalist-songwriter

To complete the study in four years, we require a decent level of skill at the start of the course. Your level and development capacity will be tested during admission.

Prior to the audition you get a writing assignment, for which you have half an hour.

During admission, you will submit a CD with at least three representative pieces:

  • Perform two of your own songs.
  • A fragment will be played which you will have to sing back or play back by ear as quickly as possible.
  • Reading musical notation or singing a simple melody from sheet music.

The admission committee will listen to the CD you submit and will assess your instrument control, songwriting skills, diversity and the production quality, among other things.