Bachelor  of Science Music Business, Musicology and Technology Honours Degree



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


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


graduates 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, cleanup campaigns, awareness campaigns, and other social gatherings

Entry Requirements


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

4.1 Normal Entry

For normal entry applicants should have at 5 ‘O’ levels including English Language and 2 ‘A’  level passes in any of the following: Music,Art, African Languages, Divinity, Management of Business, Sociology, Geography. A certificate or Diploma in Music will be an added advantage.

 4.2 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

4.3 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

Visiting School

4.4.1 The aim of the visiting school programme is to provide academic support to
those Music practitioners who are already in the feld but need to upgrade
their skills in the area. Ordinarily, these individuals hold qualifcations
lower than BSc in Music and Musicology
4.4.2 The degree programme will be completed in three years with academic
levels 2 and 3 running concurrently.
4.4.3 To qualify for normal entry, candidates should have at least fve ‘O’ level
passes including English. In addition, a candidate must have;
Any relevant Diploma from a recognised institution
Any other relevant tertiary qualifcation
• At least 2 years working experience in the relevant feld
• Proof of employment in a relevant field

Programme Structure


Level 1 Semester 1

BMM 114Musical Sound4
BMM 115Mbira and Voice4
BMM 118Ethnomusicology4
BMM 121History of Western Music 14
BMM 122Theory of Music 14
CS 101Communication Skills4

Level 1 Semester 2

BMM 113Musicology4
BMM 119African Ethnography4
BMM 120Recorder and Marimba4
BMM 123History of Western Music 24
BMM 124Theory of Music 24
HCS 115Introduction to Information Technology4

Level 2 Semester 1

BMM 201Zimbabwean Traditional Genres, Styles and Dances4
BMM 202Organology4
BMM 203Popular Music4
BMM 204Keyboard and Guitar4
GS 201Gender Studies4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 2 Semester2

BMM 205Transcription and Analysis4
BMM 206Music and Other Media4
BMM 207Research Methods in Music4
BMM 208Fundamental Performance Practice Specialization4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 3 Semesters 1 and 2

BMM 301Work Related Learning Report15
BMM 302Academic Supervisor’s Report15
BMM 303Employer’s Assessment Report10

Level 4 Semester1

BMM 402World Music Cultures4
BMM 403Compositional Techniques4
BMM 404Intermediate Performance Practice4
BMM 405Music Technology (optional)4
BMM 406Instrument Construction (optional)4
BMM 412History of Jazz4

Plus one elective from another department

Level 4 Semester.2

BMM 407Music Critique, Law and Ethics4
BMM 408Dissertation4
BMM 409Advanced Performance Practice Specialization4
BMM 410Music Management and Marketing (optional)4
BMM 411Music 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.