what is dcma

The two-year  DIPLOMA IN MUSIC aims to nurture students to become well educated musician-performers having an above-basic understanding of the place of music that has been influenced by the traditions of the ‘dhow countries’ (Oriental-Arabic) and other music cultures from around the world, as well as a means of finding economic support for their current and future livelihood.

The specific objectives of this Program are that, upon finishing the Program students will be able to:
a) Perform in an above-basic level, on music instruments and/or vocally, the music traditions of especially Zanzibar, other areas of Tanzania, other areas of Africa and
other areas of the ‘dhow countries’;
b) describe and be conversant with above-basic aspects of the elements of music;
c) analyze music works, especially the works of Zanzibar, other areas of Tanzania, other areas of Africa and other areas of the ‘dhow countries’ region in an above- basic manner;
d) communicate music ideas well with other people;
e) employ ICT for broadening their knowledge in music and many other areas of study in an above-basic manner;
f) fill the significant gaps in the job market that require well-qualified musicians, for example students who can, in an above-basic way, communicators in the areas of music performance, Music Theory (music composition), and Music Education (especially in teaching Music and in working with music in community- development endeavors).; and
g) conduct field work to collect data and later analyze this data in an above-basic way
of research questions related to the music traditions of Tanzania and elsewhere.

The two-year DIPLOMA IN MUSIC will serve the following needs that are evident in Tanzania: The needs of
• Entertainment establishments throughout Tanzania that wish to employ performing musicians to entertain hotel, restaurant and other customs for their entertainment wishes;
• Community organizations that wish to improve the life of the people of the community with music-related activities such as choral singing, popular band rehearsals for the youth of the community, music for the elderly, etc.;
• Schools that require adjunct teachers with higher than basic level in areas of music-making to lead, for example, a choir or band or organize the playing of traditional music instruments, etc.;
• Police and military organizations that might require performers with higher than basic level of performance in one of the many military bands in Tanzania;
• Arts Council organizations of the Tanzania Mainland or Zanzibar that organize music activities;
• Music festival organizations with better than basic trained personnel in the selection of performing groups and organizing the logistics of sound-systems, music instruments, knowledge of available musicians, etc.;
• Academic book publishers that wish students and others to better know about music traditions of Tanzania from researched, published materials and provide publishable materials of research into the music of Tanzania;
• The tourism industry to have better than basic knowledgeable people in the field of music traditions of Tanzania for tourists specifically interested in such areas; and
• Students to further pursue Music study at University level and have a higher degree and perhaps teach in a school in Tanzania or abroad or at a university anywhere in the world.


Year One (Diploma 1)

• Ordinary Level Rudiments of Music (a Study of Music Theory)
• Ordinary Level Instrument/Vocal Skills (a Study of Music Instrument Skills)
• Quartet Ensemble Playing (a Study of Music Performance)
• Music of Arab Traditions (a Study of Oriental Music)
• The Arts in East Africa (a Study of East African Music)
• Ordinary Level Computer Skills
• Ordinary Level English Skills
• Harmony (a Study of Music Arrangements)
• Ordinary Level Instrument/Vocal Performance Skills
• Ordinary Level Ensemble Performance Skills
• Contemporary Music of Africa and the Black Diaspora (a Study of Music Appreciation)
• Introduction to Ethnomusicology (a Study of Music Traditions)
• Ordinary Level Studio Technology (a Study of Music Technology)
• Ordinary Level Communication Skills

Year Two (Diploma 2)

• Composing for Music Instruments
• Soloist Performance Skills on Music Instrument or Voice
• Ensemble Performance Skills on Music Instruments or Voice
• Music of Mainland Tanzania
• Preparing a Music Research Proposal
• Computers and Music Research
• Presenting a Music Lecture in English
• Composing for Voices
• Performance Skills for Finalists’ Concert
• Performance Skills for Ensemble Concert
• Music of Zanzibar
• Data Collection in Music Research
• Higher Level Studio Technology
• Higher Level Communication Skills


A candidate shall be deemed eligible for consideration for admission to the two-year ORDINARY DIPLOMA IN MUSIC EDUCATION if he/she has one of the following qualifications:

• Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E.) or equivalent, with passes in FOUR approved subjects, one being Music, or passes in FOUR approved subjects and having a strong (LEVEL 4) music performance/music theory background; or

• Equivalent academic qualification and background indicating LEVEL 4 music performance skills and knowledge.