Music can aid in the holistic development of children as it promotes language, develops musical concepts, listening skills, social development through group participation, physical development through the playing of instruments and movement activities, relaxation and cultural enrichment. It is an alternative form of communication and develops creativity and self-expression, promoting the child’s confidence and self esteem.
The Music Department is comprised of several music teachers, some of whom work on a peripatetic basis. Private music lessons take place once a week for half an hour and are done either during the school day or after school. Music lessons that take place during the school day are scheduled during non-examinable subjects. These lessons are done on a rotation system to ensure that pupils do not miss the same school lesson every week.
Pupils receiving tuition are given the opportunity to perform in the end-of-term Informal Music Concerts. They are also encouraged to compete in the annually held St Dunstan’s Music Eisteddfod and other eisteddfods. Our outstanding music students compete in various National Music competitions. Music students are also entered in internationally graded music examinations, both practical and theoretical, with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College London, or with the locally graded board UNISA.
Music theory classes are offered to music students and take place after school on a Friday.