Music at Dainfern College

Music at Dainfern College

Music at Dainfern College

The Music department at Dainfern College is a well-established and energetic space that allows students to explore their creativity and musical expression both in the classroom and through an extensive extramural programme.

 

Music as part of the academic curriculum

 

Our Junior Preparatory students attend two music lessons a week. Here they are exposed to all the basic elements of music through play, singing and movement. Important musical elements like pulse, rhythm and pitch are taught in a way that makes the student ‘feel’ the music.

 

Our Senior Preparatory students also have two lessons a week in which they are exposed to a more conscious understanding of what music is. Here students get to build on the basic elements of music and are exposed to musical notation as well as to musicianship at a higher level.

 

Grade 8 and 9 students may select Music as part of the Creative Arts offer. These students get to create, listen to and dissect music as well as learn musical notation. In Grade 10, students may take Music as an IEB option either as an elective subject as part of their curriculum or as an eighth subject.  High School students can also have their external music achievements recognised as an IEB eighth subject –  students selecting this programme play a Grade 7 external practical exam in their Grade 12 year and write a Grade 6 external theory exam in their Grade 11 year.

Music as an extramural

Music extramurals are an incredibly popular choice across the College. From singing, music ensembles, bands, marimbas groups , choirs and a cappella groups across the College, there are countless opportunities to enjoy ensemble playing and performance.

Individual music lessons

Our specialised Music Centre, experienced peripatetic teachers and superb facilities ensure the continued growth of individual music at the College and we are an official examination centre for the National Eisteddfod Academy, Trinity College London, Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music London, UNISA and Rockschool London.

Our Music Offer

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  • Music at Dainfern College 1
    A CAPPELLA
    A CAPPELLA
    We have two A Cappella groups – one in the Senior Prep and one in the High School. Both groups continue to expand their repertoires and are popular performers at our assemblies, soirées and special events.
  • Music at Dainfern College 2
    Band
    Band
    We have a variety of bands throughout the school which get the opportunity to perform at various events. In addition to the Senior Prep band, there are two rock bands and a newly introduced Jazz band in the High School. The High School also hosts the annual College Rock ‘battle-of-the-bands’ competition featuring top bands from schools across Johannesburg.
  • Music at Dainfern College 3
    Band
    Band
    We have a variety of bands throughout the school which get the opportunity to perform at various events. In addition to the Senior Prep band, there are two rock bands and a newly introduced Jazz band in the High School. The High School also hosts the annual College Rock ‘battle-of-the-bands’ competition featuring top bands from schools across Johannesburg.
  • Music at Dainfern College 4
    Cappella
    Cappella
    We have two A Cappella groups – one in the Senior Prep and one in the High School. Both groups continue to expand their repertoires and are popular performers at our assemblies, soirées and special events.
  • Music at Dainfern College 5
    Choir
    Choir
    We are extremely proud of our Junior Prep and Senior Prep choirs, both of which have in excess of 50 choristers. Their commitment to weekly practices and to honing their craft has seen our choirs enjoy tremendous success on a variety of stages including ‘The Magic of Music’ evening at the Linder Auditorium, the National Eisteddfod and numerous choir friendship evenings and festivals.
  • Music at Dainfern College 6
    Choir
    Choir
    We are extremely proud of our Junior Prep and Senior Prep choirs, both of which have in excess of 50 choristers. Their commitment to weekly practices and to honing their craft has seen our choirs enjoy tremendous success on a variety of stages including ‘The Magic of Music’ evening at the Linder Auditorium, the National Eisteddfod and numerous choir friendship evenings and festivals.
  • Music at Dainfern College 7
    Ensembles
    Ensembles
    We are extremely proud of the number of ensembles in our Music Department. Our impressive violin and string ensembles draw musicians from both the Junior Prep and the Senior Prep. Our annual ensemble evening celebrates a variety of different ensemble groups including flute, keyboard and drums and is a true celebration of musical teamwork from students across the College.
  • Music at Dainfern College 8
    Individual Music Lessons
    Individual Music Lessons
    Our Music Centre offers a full complement of passionate and dedicated peripatetic music staff who give private individual tuition in Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Drums. By offering these lessons at the College, our pupils have many opportunities to perform and compete and to showcase their talent and ability.
  • Music at Dainfern College 9
    Individual Music Lessons
    Individual Music Lessons
    Our Music Centre offers a full complement of passionate and dedicated peripatetic music staff who give private individual tuition in Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Drums. By offering these lessons at the College, our pupils have many opportunities to perform and compete and to showcase their talent and ability. READ MORE
  • Music at Dainfern College 10
    Individual Music Lessons
    Individual Music Lessons
    Our Music Centre offers a full complement of passionate and dedicated peripatetic music staff who give private individual tuition in Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Cello, Guitar, Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Drums. By offering these lessons at the College, our pupils have many opportunities to perform and compete and to showcase their talent and ability.
  • Music at Dainfern College 11
    Marimbas
    Marimbas
    Marimbas is an extremely popular part of our musical offer with bands in each of our Senior Prep grades and three bands in our High School. Each year students take part in a range of band activities including assemblies, school functions, outside events, and competitions. Our award-winning Senior High School band has represented the College with distinction at both the National Eisteddfod Young Performers’ Competition and the International Marimba Festival.
  • Music at Dainfern College 12
    Marimbas
    Marimbas
    Marimbas is an extremely popular part of our musical offer with bands in each of our Senior Prep grades and three bands in our High School. Each year students take part in a range of band activities including assemblies, school functions, outside events, and competitions. Our award-winning Senior High School band has represented the College with distinction at both the National Eisteddfod Young Performers’ Competition and the International Marimba Festival.
  • Music at Dainfern College 13
    Music Theory
    Music Theory
    In support of the whole school music curriculum as well our individual musicians, weekly group music theory lessons are on offer. These lessons enhance the musical journey of our students and assist those students who are taking music theory as part of their individual music tuition. Group music theory lessons are offered free of charge; individual music theory tuition is also available for parents’ account.
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    Orff
    Orff
    Orff is offered in Grade 1 and 2 as part of our innovative and highly successful Integrated Day. Orff is integral in building music skills by experiencing music through movement, and singing and playing both pitched and unpitched instruments. In Grade 3, Orff becomes part of our extramural offering and lays the foundation for the children’s musical journey into the Senior Prep.
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