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Music Department
Music is offered in the Preparatory school on two levels: as an extra-mural activity, with individual lessons and participation possible in a wide variety of ensembles, or as a formal subject. Concerts are held for each year group every term where boys perform for their peers and parents. Options include learning to play an instrument, playing in one of several active ensembles, the jazz band and the marimba band, singing in the Jolly Choir, the Senior Choir or specialising in the smaller Schola Cantorum.

Boys may opt for the Music as Subject course, which is offered during class music in Lower 3 and Upper 3. The curriculum covers Music Theory Grade 1 for Lower 3 and Grade 2 for Upper 3. Boys may either be entered for an external examination, or they may be evaluated internally. Ear training is an integrated aspect of the music course. Computer-based theory programmes are also used to enhance theoretical skills. Practical work is assessed on a formal basis during termly concerts. Boys in instrumental ensembles are assessed by teachers in charge of those ensembles; boys in the Senior Choir and Schola Cantorum are assessed during the term by the choirmaster.

Lower 3 and Upper 3 boys are eligible for Music Colours awards, set out in clear criteria.

For more information about Music at the Prep, please contact Dr Ben Oosthuizen, Director of Music.

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