School of Arts

Chatradari Devroop


  • Details

  • Position Associate Professor; Research Leader: School of Arts;
  • Discipline Music;
  • CampusHoward College Campus
  • Office AddressFrancis Stock Building, 2nd Floor, Room 002

Degrees Held

  • DMus (UP)
  • MMus (UKZN)
  • Kuenstlerische Ausbildung (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • BMusEd (UKZN)
  • UPLM (Unisa)
  • Certificate in Recording Engineering and Music Production (Chillicothe, Ohio)

Research Interests

  • Diaspora Studies
  • Media and Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Aesthetics and Philosophy

Teaching Interests

  • Music Technology
  • Contemporary Popular Music
  • Musicology (Ethnomusicology)

Publications and Creative Output

  • Unsung: South African Jazz Musician under Apartheid (co-author Prof C Walton). Stellenbosch: Sun Press (2007).
  • “Sensing the Curriculum: The Role of Aesthetics in Higher Education” in Shifting Higher Education Curriculum: Undoing Cognitive Damage, edited by N. Amin, M. Samuels, R. Dhunpath, pp. 31 – 46 (Sense Publishing, 2016).
  • “Pirates of the Curriculum” in Africa and Beyond: Arts and Sustainable Development, edited by P. Ebewo, I. Stevens and M. Sirayi, pp. 95 – 108 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).
  • “Music Technology and the Teaching of Music through Distance Education”, edited by Om Prakash Chourasiya, pp. 72 – 75 (Kanishka Publishers, 2013).
  • “Music Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Considerations” in A Contemporary Study of Musical Arts (vol. 4), edited by Meki Nzewi (UNISA Press, 2007).
  • “Identitäten in Neuen Südafrika: Biographien Nach Ende der Apartheid”, edited by Andreas Hettiger (Tectum Verlag, 2009).
  • “The Shifting Sands of Music Leadership: Searching for Disciplinary Space in a Research-Led University” – Alternation (forthcoming in 2018).
  • “Improvisation and Search Space” – Proceedings of the International Seminar on Creating and Teaching Music Patterns (Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata)(2014): 389 – 394. Also available online:
  • “…chasing the canon…” – Journal of the Musicological Society of South Africa, vol. 33 (2013).
  • “Insiles: The Split Legacy of South African Jazz Musicians” – Musicus, vol. 41, no. 2 (2013).
  • “Music and Exile: Emotional Displacement Amongst South African Jazz Musicians Who Stayed Behind” in Published proceedings of the Music and Exile Symposium. Goethe Institute, Pretoria: UNISA, 2011.
  • “The Career Expectations of Students Majoring in Jazz in South Africa: Analysis of Performance Expectations, Income and Career Plans’ – Muziki, v 7, no. 1 (2010).
  • “Contemplations of my heart”, Devroop Music (2018).

Community Involvement

  • Msunduzi Hospice Association
  • Music Academy of Gauteng
  • Community Music Education (Pietermaritzburg)

Teaching Expertise

  • Instrumental Pedagogy (Woodwinds)
  • Music Education
  • Music Technology
  • Musicology

Student Supervision

  • Perumal Arumugam (PhD)
  • Jai Naidoo (PhD)
  • Wessel Jansen van Rensburg (MMus)
  • Naveena Moodley (MSocSc) (co-supervision)