Arts and Culture

MUSIC
At Somerset College Preparatory School, we would like to align our vision and policies to the Cambridge syllabus as described below:

“When studying the Music syllabus, children listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, children enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances lifelong musical enjoyment.”

Music has the power to enrich student engagement in the classroom if the children learn the art of active listening, as well as how to connect what they hear with a broader conceptual network. In the Preparatory School, children are exposed to music from the age of four. Children are involved in various music activities in Grade 000, Grade 00 and Grade 0 where they get the opportunity to play Orff instruments and do music through movement and dance. General music education is offered to Grade 1-7 children and encompasses a broad range of disciplines, genres and cultural influences, reflecting the immense diversity of our community.

Performing opportunities
Music events take place throughout the year and offer students opportunities for public performances. These include assembly performances, performing at events and functions, busking, lunchtime concerts and festivals, and eisteddfods. Students also have the opportunity to join the Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Junior or Senior Choir and the Marimba Band.

Instrumental Tuition
Instruments offered at Somerset College Preparatory School are the following:

  • Individual
    • Piano
    • Keyboard
    • Harp
    • Recorder
    • Flute
    • Clarinet
    • Saxophone
    • Trumpet
    • Euphonium
    • French Horn
    • Trombone
    • Violin
    • Viola (from Grade 4)
    • Cello
    • Drum kit
    • Guitar (acoustic & electric)
    • Bass Guitar
    • Ukulele
    • Voice (Singing)
  • Group
    • Guitar
    • Recorder
    • Drum kit
    • Voice
If a student would like to receive instrumental tuition at the school: Complete 2019 Application for Music Lessons

For more information, please contact the Director of Music, Dr Diederick Basson at d.basson@somcol.co.za or 021 842 8000.

ART
In the Somerset College Preparatory School Art Department, our focus does not only lie on the talented and creative student. Art is there to help each student to improve his or her social development; to get in touch with their emotions and express themselves through art. Art is an emotional outlet, giving the students a place to share themselves, to show what is on their mind and illustrate it in their ideas.

We improve a student’s academic performance through art. Art helps to stimulate and develop the right side of the brain, thus developing the visual aptitude on which students rely to learn effectively.

One of the most important skills covered in our art classes is to help the students with “out-of-the-box” thinking. The children learn to think for themselves, to consider multiple viewpoints and to explore a range of possibilities. In the end, each child feels that he or she has the ability to enjoy art.

DRAMA
Drama is offered in the Preparatory School from Grade 1 through to Grade 7.  The children have half hour lessons once a week.  In the Junior Phase, Drama is used as a platform to build confidence, improve projection and articulation, and to explore expression through use of creativity and imagination. In the Senior Phase, we learn about all the basic aspects of Drama which include characterisation, improvisation, mime, puppetry and much more.

We have a main production every year which works on a three year cycle; with the first year being the Junior Phase play, the second being the Senior Phase play. In the third year, we aim to do something a little different such as “Somerset College has got Talent.” There are also opportunities for the children to enter and perform in Drama eisteddfods, as well as take part in short skits performed in assemblies or other important functions.

Drama in the Preparatory School is a subject that is enjoyed by many children as it allows them to express themselves whilst learning how to act and roleplay.