Music

“I must despise the world which does not know that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” – Beethoven

Our main objective at the College is to encourage participation in music within a department which promotes excellence, and is open-minded to all genres of music. We provide students the opportunity to take music as a subject or as an extracurricular activity.

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INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

Any student may take lessons in one or more of the following instruments:

– Piano
– Church Organ
– Voice (singing)
– Recorder
– Flute
– Clarinet
– Saxophone
– Violin
– Cello
– Trumpet
– Trombone
– Euphonium
– French Horn
– Guitar (acoustic & electric)
– Bass Guitar
– Drums
– Keyboard

The school has an Orchestra, three Jazz Bands, a School Choir and a Drum line to support this programme.

If a student wants to receive instrumental lessons at the school, the Music Registration Form 2017 needs to be completed and emailed to the Director of Music, Dr Diederick Basson.

PERFORMING OPPORTUNITIES
An outstanding feature of the school is how it embraces music performances with encouragement and enthusiasm. We provide many opportunities for our students and ensembles to perform. They include the following:

 Termly Concerts

 Lunch Hour Concerts

 Outreach concerts

 Music Maestro Competition (open to schools in the Boland/Helderberg area)

 Opus Campus Composition Competition

 Pops Concert

 Grade 8 Concert

 Annual Music Tour

 Major school functions and assemblies

EISTEDDFODS, COMPETITIONS AND EXAMINATIONS
Students are encouraged to take part in local eisteddfods, music competitions and examinations. We have a large number of students sitting external examinations each year. Our students write the theory examinations by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and play the practical examinations from either the ABRSM or the Trinity College of London. These two bodies give UCAS credits which can be used when a student applies to an overseas University or College.

PRACTICE TIMES – 2017
Jazz band – every Monday from 17h30 to 19h00
Junior Jazz band – every Wednesday from 14h30 to 15h15
Jazzelites – every Tuesday during lunch break (12h15 to 13h00)
Orchestra – every Tuesday from 17h30 to 19h00
Choir – every Monday during lunch break (12h15 to 13h00) and 14h30-15h30

Should you require more information, please contact the Director of Music, Dr Diederick Basson at d.basson@somcol.co.za, or 021 842 8000. If a student wants to receive instrumental lessons at the school, the Music Registration Form 2017 needs to be completed and e-mailed to the Director of Music.

Staff
Dr Diederick Basson – Director of Music
Mr Simon Chapman – Head of the Jazz Bands
Mr Reinhardt Liebenberg – Head of the Choir
Dr Sjoerd Alkema – Orchestra
Mr Patrick Cordery – Choir, Jazz Bands and Subject Music Teacher
Mrs Charlo von Stein – Subject Music Teacher