St John's College

Music forms part of College life either as part of the general Arts and Culture curriculum, as a formal academic subject in its own right or simply as an extra-mural activity with individual lessons and participation possible in a host of ensembles.

All pupils are encouraged to consider taking music as an academic subject in the College. Each Music (music as subject) pupil has one practical lesson per week on his chosen instrument. 

The requirements for the IEB practical standard in Music as a subject is two pieces on a Grade 5 standard, and one piece on a Grade 6 standard.  Of course, we encourage all our pupils to play at least at Grade 7 standard, as most of them are able to do so. Practical lessons are taught by nine full-time members of staff and 38 visiting teachers.

In addition to the practical component, which counts 50% of the total mark for matric, pupils will be entered for a Grade 6 ABRSM music theory course in their Grade 11 year.  Composition, history form of music all create part of the syllabus, as well as ensemble playing.

Several opportunities exist for pupils to continue participating in ensembles, such as the jazz bands, wind band, string ensemble, choir and orchestra.

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from. Everyone loves music." - Billy Joel