Music at Dainfern College

Music pervades every aspect of Dainfern College life and the Dainfern College Music Centre is a vibrant and exciting place, each year growing in in terms of staff and pupil numbers and activities offered:

  • In the Junior Preparatory Music is taught in class from Grade 0 to Grade 3. We also offer the Junior Preparatory Choir and three Orff groups as extramurals.
  • Music is taught in class from Grade 4 to Grade 7 in the Senior Preparatory and we offer a range of music extramurals: the Senior Preparatory Choir, the College Orchestra and two Marimba Groups.
  • In the High School music is taught to Grade 8s and 9s as part of the curriculum and our students can join the A Capella singing group, College Orchestra and Marimba Band as music extramurals. We also offer the opportunity to get involved in rock bands.

Music for matric

Music is offered as an eighth matric subject through the Trinity College of Music, Rock School and Royal Schools of Music. Any pupils reaching Grade 7 practical and Grade 6 theory may offer music as an eighth matric subject: this will nned to then be ratified by ISASA and the IEB. A portfolio of results, performances, reports and all other relevant details needs to be kept as this is a requirement for ISASA.

Do you want to learn music?

At the Dainfern College Music Centre we have18 peripatetic music staff who offer private tuition in the following instruments: piano, keyboard, contemporary and classical voice, acoustic and electric guitar, violin,  'cello, harp, recorder, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet and drums; as well as music theory classes. In fact, if you want to learn 'it', we will find a teacher for you!

Music performance and examinations

All pupils are encouraged to take part in matinées, soirées, eisteddfodau, concerts, assemblies and examinations. Not all pupils are examination candidates, but music is a performing art and all pupils must be given the opportunity to share the joy of music. Pupils are entered for examinations from all the colleges of music: Trinity; the Royal Schools of Music; Rock School; London School of Music; Trinity: Pop Rock; UNISA and ALMSA (Association of Light Music of South Africa).

We are an examination centre for the Trinity and Rock School examinations and have been asked to be a centre for the Royal Schools of Music too. We are also a centre for the National Eisteddfod Academy (NEA).

All pupils are encouraged to take part in the Eisteddfod and in our in-house Music Festival at the end of Term 2. All pupils will perform at least once a term, either in the above or in the numerous performances we have during the course of the year.

Colours

Extramural and individual music achievements count towards Colours requirements in both the Senior Preparatory and High Schools. Full details of the Colours criteria may be found on our website under the Colours policies in the respective sections: click here for the Senior Prep Music Colours Policy and here for the High School Colours Policy.

Love music for life

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.”

Dainfern College is certainly an institution that Martin Luther would have valued greatly, not only for the teachers, whom 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.

Please contact the Music Centre for further information.

Dainfern College

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Dainfern College, Broadacres Drive, Dainfern

PO Box 3199, Dainfern, 2055

Tel: +27 (0)11 469 0635; Fax +27 (0)86 550 8930