Music

Every Kingswood College pupil has the opportunity to do music from Pre-primary to Grade 12.

CLASS MUSIC IN THE JUNIOR SCHOOL
Class Music is taught from Grade 1 to Grade 7.  Regular Class Music provides the opportunity for the learners to experience lively, hands-on music making, which fosters an appreciation for music. The Foundation Phase (Grade 1 to 3) has a special emphasis on rhythmic movement to music. A special singing program to assist spelling is also included. Grades 4 to 7 adopt a themes-based approach; themes are changed term by term. Songs and musical material are selected according to themes, which allow learners to explore certain genres in greater depth.
Activities used throughout junior grades include :

• Regular singing in unison and rounds
• Arranging songs, tunes and dances on xylophones and percussion. These arrangements give an opportunity for children learning individual instruments to play along with their class, on recorder,
saxophone and flute for example:
     • Learning simple dances
     • Introduction to basic elements of music notation

CLASS MUSIC IN THE SENIOR SCHOOL
GRADE 8 AND 9
The focus is on the elements of music (rhythm and melody) and a background to the history of music. Pupils learn to identify instruments of the orchestra, understand how they produce sound, and listen critically to various styles of music.
INSTRUMENTAL TUITION
There are six full time members on the music teaching staff. Instrumental tuition is offered in Piano, Organ, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Euphonium, Horn, Trombone and Tuba.
MUSIC AS A SENIOR SCHOOL SUBJECT
Music is offered as a subject choice in the Senior School from Grade 8 to Matric.
GRADE 8 and 9
Basic music notation and composition; a practical component chosen from the list above.
GRADE 10, 11 and 12
• Music may begin in Grade 10.
• Follows the four learning outcomes of the National Senior Certificate viz.
     1. Music Performance and Presentation
     2. Improvisation, Arrangement and Composition
     3. Music Literacies
     4. Critical Reflection
• The required practical standard for Matric is Grade V (UNISA, ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall)
• Matric requirement are:
     1. A final Performance Examination
     2. Written Examination
     3. Portfolio Tasks
ENSEMBLE PLAYING
Ensemble participation requires that one play and sing in time and in tune, both of which are techniques fundamental to musicianship. Playing and singing at sight is developed simply as a matter of course in making music together with others.  Every music student who receives music tuition must participate in ensembles. There are numerous ensembles: the Beginner, Intermediate, Concert and Jazz Bands, the Senior or Junior Choir, the Piano Ensemble, the Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone Ensembles. There are also Recorder and Marimba Groups. There is an ensemble which leads the worship in the College Chapel.  Co-operation, mutual encouragement, individual technical growth and musicianly interaction in general are all valuable aspects of ensemble. Doing music together is stimulating, confirming and challenging to all involved.
Music students are involved in concerts. Musical items are often presented to the Junior School before the Friday morning Chapel Service. Sundowner Concerts are held on Thursdays. Music students have the opportunity of attending Grahamstown Music Society Concerts which feature national and international musicians. The Junior School presents a musical every second year. The Concert and Jazz Bands give concerts several times a year. Their concert programmes are linked to the College’s Integrated Community Development Programme. They also tour once a year.
RESOURCES
There are practice rooms in the Music School with pianos. These facilities are available daily and during Prep times and on weekends. The College Chapel organ is available for lessons and for practising. The Music School has a 25-station computer lab with SIbelius music software. Pupils are encouraged to make use of the equipment to develop their creative talents and technical skills. Instruments are available for hire from the Music School.
MUSIC EXAMINATIONS
Music pupils are encouraged to participate in the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity Guildhall or UNISA Examinations. These examinations are very worthwhile. Not only do they provide attainable goals appropriate to each musician; they also give pupils a sense of standard and achievement.
FEES
Tuition fees are charged as an extra per term. Junior and Senior normally receive either one half or two half hour lessons per week if the timetable allows. Lesson times can be extended if appropriate. Fees are charged on a proportionate basis and allow for a 10-week cycle. If there are more than 10 weeks in the term, the lessons gained allow for the many activities in which children are involved at school when they sometimes miss a lesson. There is a 5, 10 and 15% reduction for second, third and fourth siblings. There is also a reduction of 10 and 20% for second and third instruments. Group tuition fees are lower with the same percentage reductions as above. All lessons are charged proportionately.
USE OF COLLEGE INSTRUMENTS
Owing to the high cost of maintaining the school instruments a hiring fee is charged over and above the music fees. Parents must accept responsibility for an instrument loaned to a pupil. Should such an instrument become lost, stolen or unserviceable through misuse or negligence, the respective parents will be liable for replacement or cost of repairs. We encourage parents to buy their children their own instruments. Top quality new instruments  are available for purchase through the school at wholesale prices. An instrument is an appreciating asset and an investment if maintained in good condition.

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