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Short Course
Music Technology
A need was identified in the market for a short course in music technology that can provide participants with the basic skills and knowledge to effectively use music software for sound mixing, sound balancing and sound amplification.

Purpose of the course:

After successful completion of this Short Course participants will have the necessary skills to use music software for sound mixing, sound balancing and sound amplification as required at various sized events.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Basic computer skills.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

For outcome 1:

  • The ability to show an informed understanding of the key concepts, principles, rules and theories of music technology.
  • The ability to select and apply the appropriate standard methods, procedures and/or techniques as the situation requires by choosing appropriate tools for the task and using it with well-informed and trained skills.
  • The ability to identify, evaluate and solve routine problems as well as new problems in the context of music technology.
  • The ability to gather and screen information based on its relevance and importance to the given task, and to apply basic processes of analysis, synthesis and evaluation to the information gained.

Participants must be able to define key concepts of music technology; discuss and apply standard principles and rules relating to music technology practices; distinguish and critically explain different theories relating to music technology practices.

For outcome 2:

Participants must be able to discuss, distinguish and implement appropriate standard methods, procedures and techniques in different contexts with a view to effectively use all the available tools to effectively balance and amplify sound.

For outcome 3:

Participants must be able to use the knowledge they have mastered in order to solve different contextual problems as will be experienced within the given audio environment.

For outcome 4:

Participants must be able to prioritise options to successfully implement relevant techniques and methods when confronted with real-time audio challenges.


It should be noted that participants are obliged to attend at least 70% of the contact classes to successfully pass the course. Furthermore, a participant must attain an average mark of 50% for all the relevant assessments in order to pass the course. Assessment will be supervised and conducted by the course presenter (see method of assessment for breakdown of assessment). Any statement (“transcript”, letter of attendance, receipt, or any other document bearing a NWU emblem) must be treated in the same manner as a certificate – i.e. issued ONLY via the approved NWU system/route/protocol. The final assessments of this short course are to be moderated.
Method of assessment: 
Assessment will be carried out in the form of three practical assignments.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Working adults living in Potchefstroom or surrounding areas, local businesses and full-time students at NWU Potchefstroom campus.
Contact us
Me Lindi Cameron
Telephone number: 
(018) 299 4094