In Grades 8 and 9 Music is offered as part of Creative Arts. Three components, namely Music Literacy, Music Listening and Music Performing and Creating, make up the course. The ensemble programme, that forms part of Music Performing and Creating, enables every student, whether he/she can play an instrument or not, to perform and explore music in a relaxed and enthusiastic environment.
In Grades 10, 11 and 12, students can choose Music as one of their electives. The course consists of practical work, as well as music theory and composition, and music history. Students have the opportunity to engage with music technology using state of the art iMac computers and software.
It is recommended that a student should have reached a minimum Grade 2 standard in both practical and music theory, should he/she wish to continue with Music in Grade 10.
Music AS and A levels are also offered as part of the International Cambridge programme at Somerset College.
Somerset College is privileged to have established and renowned musicians as teachers. Any student may receive lessons in one or more of the following instruments:
- Voice (singing)
- French horn
- Church Organ
- Guitar (acoustic & electric)
- Bass guitar
- Drum kit
If a student would like to receive instrumental tuition at the school, please contact the Director of Music, Dr Diederick Basson, at email@example.com.
The school has a String Ensemble, two Jazz Bands, a Choir, Marimba Band and a Drum line to support this programme. Rehearsal times for 2019 are as follows:
- Jazz band – every Monday from 17h30 to 19h00
- Jazzelites – every Tuesday during lunch break (12h20 to 13h05)
- String Ensemble – every Tuesday from 17h30 to 19h00
- Choir – every Monday during lunch break (12h20 to 13h05) and 14h30 to 15h45
- Drumline – every Thursday from 14h30-15h15
- Marimba band – to be confirmed
An outstanding feature of the school is how it embraces music performances with encouragement and enthusiasm. We provide many opportunities for our students and ensembles to perform. They include the following:
- Quarterly concerts
- Lunch hour concerts
- Community concerts
- Pops Concerts
- Grade 8 Concert
- Annual Music Tour
- Major school functions, Chapel services and assemblies
- Music Maestro Competition (open to schools in the Boland/Helderberg area)
- Opus Campus Composition Competition
Students are encouraged to take part in local eisteddfods, music competitions and examinations. We have a large number of students sitting external examinations each year. Our students write the theory examinations by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and play the practical examinations from either the ABRSM or the Trinity College of London. These two bodies give UCAS credits that can be used when a student applies to an overseas University or College.