Junior Preparatory |
Grade 8 and 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. At present, we have 26 boys taking the Subject Music option and 2 boys taking the external option.
In choosing to do Music as a subject, it is necessary that the boys learn a musical instrument and that they 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, 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.
The College choir was founded last year and it meets on a Friday afternoon from 14h30 to 15h30. The choir sings a variety of music from Rock to Pop, Jazz, Classical and Sacred. Last year, they made their debut performance at the CSO choir festival in collaboration with the Assumption Convent Choir. This year, they plan to expand their repertoire and their performance opportunities.
The Marimba Band has about 10 members and meets on a Tuesday afternoon from 15h00 – 16h00. It was founded in May 2011 and this year, they plan to enter the International Steel Pan and Marimba Festival, which will be held at St Benedict’s in August.
The Rock Band meets on a Friday from 14h30 – 15h30 and any boys who play a rock band instrument are welcome to audition for the group. They play popular music and also compose their own songs.