Music is an art form that truly influences virtually every physical, intellectual and emotional process. Harmonious music makes plants grow faster: dissonant music stunts and kills them. Music can even change chromosomes. What power has this remarkable art and how lucky we are here at Dainfern College to be able to offer this life-changing art form to our children.
Music is taught in class from Grade 0 to Grade 3 by Miss Oosthuizen and Mrs van der Ploeg. We also offer the Junior Preparatory Choir, under the guidance of Miss Oosthuizen and Mrs van der Ploeg, and Orff with Miss Oosthuizen as extramurals in the JP. In addition, we offer private instruction in the following instruments: cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, harp, keyboard, piano, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, violin and voice. In fact, if you want to learn “it”, we will find a teacher for you! Click here to contact music staff to arrange private tuition.
Our Music Department continues to grow from strength to strength: we are recognised internationally by Trinity Guildhall and Rock School as an examination centre for these two international institutions and we also enter pupils in the National Eisteddfod.
Martin Luther once said: “I always loved music; who so has skill in this art is of a good temperament, fitted for all things. We must teach music in schools; a schoolmaster ought to have skill in music, or I would not regard him.”
Bearing the above quote in mind, Dainfern College is an institution that Martin Luther would have valued greatly, not only for the teachers, who he would have regarded highly, but also for the skills we teach in the Music Department, as they will “fit” all our learners “for all things”, for life.
Patti van der Ploeg
Director of Music