Junior Preparatory |
The study of Music combines left-brain (logical) and right-brain (creative) activity. This results in much stronger links being formed between the two sides of the brain which in turn benefits all aspects of academic work. It requires self-discipline and it builds self-confidence by developing creativity and allowing boys to find freedom of expression while succeeding at complex things. Mathematical skills like counting, fractions, and ratios are developed, as is the understanding and use of symbols. Music encourages creativity and team work – both important commodities in today’s job market.
GRADE 8 & 9: In Grade 8, all boys have two class music lessons per week and in Grade 9, they choose two of the three arts subjects (drama, music, visual art) and have two lessons per week in their chosen disciplines. The curriculum in Grade 8 and 9 focuses on listening, appreciating and describing music, composing and performing music and learning to read and write music at an elementary level. Both group and individual work are done and topics covered include Rock ‘n Roll, Film Music, Protest Music, Instruments of the Orchestra, Song Writing and Elements of Music.
GRADE 10, 11 and 12: In these Grades, the boys can choose to do Music as one of their seven subjects for Grade 12, following the IEB curriculum or they can do it as an additional subject, following the syllabus of one of the recognised external examination bodies: Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College London or UNISA.
In choosing to do Music as a subject, it is necessary that the boys learn a musical instrument and they need to reach a minimum of Grade 5/6 on that instrument. These lessons need to be taken with a private teacher after school hours and at an additional cost. All theoretical work, which includes history of music, listening skills, theory, harmony, composition, improvisation and aural is covered during class lessons.
Boys who choose to do the External option are required to pass the Grade 7 Practical Examination of the ABRSM, Trinity College or UNISA and the Grade 6 Theory examination if doing ABRSM or Trinity College and the Grade 5 Theory examination if doing UNISA. The practical component is taken with a private teacher and the school offers theory lessons in order to complete the theoretical component.
Although taking Music as a subject does not automatically mean that you have to make it your career (just as taking History does not mean that you have to become an historian), there are many careers in the Music Industry (which is the second largest in the world after computers) besides teaching and performing. Careers that can be followed include: music engineer, sound engineering, recording engineer, law (dealing in entertainment law), composing & arranging (pop songs, jingles, cell phone ring tones, film scores, music for computer games, TV shows), music therapy, Arts administration, music criticism, conducting, session work.
St Benedict's College Policy Library
· Elements of music
· Rhythmic & melodic notation
· Traditional African Music
· Keyboard Skills
· Instruments of the Orchestra
· Programme Music
· Film music
· Protest Music
· Keyboard Skills
· Grade 1, 2 and 3 Theory
· Elements of Music
· Instruments of the Orchestra
· Bands, Ensembles and the Orchestra: Score Reading
· Popular Music
· Baroque Music
· Classical Music
· South African Music Industry & Copyright Law
· Grade 4 & 5 Theory
· Romantic Music
· Music of the 20th Century
· Film Music
· Jazz: Blues, Ragtime, Dixieland
· Music in Cultural Contexts
· Four-Part Harmony
· Melody Writing
· Musical Theatre
· The Art Song
· South African Urban Music
· Jazz: Swing, Be-Bop & Cool
CHOIR: The College Choir meets on a Monday from 17h00 - 18h00. All boys are welcome to join. The choir sings a variety of music from Rock to Pop, Jazz, Classical and Sacred.
MARIMBA BAND: The Marimba Band meets on a Tuesday afternoon from 15h15 – 16h15. All boys are welcome and no previous musical experience is required.
ROCK BAND: The Rock Band meets during senior integrated day on a Thursday and is open to boys in Grade 10, 11 and 12 who play a rock band instrument, and who have reached at least a Grade 3 level of playing.
PIPE BAND: The Pipe Band meets during Integrated Day. Tuition in bagpipes, side, tenor and bass drum is given during these lessons and the competition band plays at the Scottish Gatherings held between April and July.
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE: The Instrumental Ensemble meets on a Thursday from 15h15 to 16h15. It is open to boys who are learning an instrument and who have some music reading ability.
Three Informal Concerts are held each year to give boys who are learning an instrument the chance to perform. There is no audition process and the individual instrumental teachers will encourage the boys, who have a piece ready for performance, to participate. If there are boys who learn with a teacher from outside of St Benedict’s, they are most welcome to perform as well.
Formal concerts, held during the year, showcase the ensembles and solo performers.
Grade 8 & 9: No textbooks are prescribed for these Grades at this stage.
Textbooks for Grade 10 – 12: textbooks are sourced by the Music Department and charged to parents’ accounts.
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