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“Holding the Hand that Holds the Future.”

 

Music Life of the School

Our vision at Rhenish Primary School is to instil an enduring love for music in our children.


In addition to the above, music fosters personal growth in the following ways:

  • Positive self concept of achievement and recognition
  • Self expression
  • Self discipline – responsibility and perseverance
  • Social skills – mutual respect, co-operative behaviour and friendship
  • Aesthetic taste – appreciation of beauty and complexity
  • Psychomotor skills – co-ordination
  • Increased powers of concentration
  • Proven increased verbal memory

 

Our Music Department offers the following:

Instrumental Tuition:

Individual tuition is offered in the following instruments:

  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Flute
  • Fife
  • Piccolo
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • French Horn
  • Violin
  • Guitar (acoustic, electrical and bass)
  • Electronic Keyboard
  • Djembe and Drum kit

 

The time-table is arranged in consultation with the relevant class and learning area teachers, in order to ensure the least disruption to the academic programme and other scheduled activities.

Music theory lessons in groups are also offered to learners.

The Music Department stages a number of music concerts to give each music learner the opportunity to perform in front of their parents, teachers and friends.

Learners are encouraged to participate in the Trinity Guildhall, Royal School of Music, UNISA and Rock School examinations, as well as the Stellenbosch and Helderberg Eisteddfods.

 

Extra-mural Activities:

Membership of these activities run from January to December, with the exception of new learners to the school during the academic year. Monday and Friday afternoons are reserved for school Cultural Activities thereby receiving preference.

 

Senior Choir:

Senior Choir members are drawn from Grades 4 to 7. Auditions are held at the beginning of every year, and as many singers as possible are accepted into the choir. The Senior Choir performs on invitation and at the following annual events: the Rhenish Schools'  Concert in May in the Endler Hall, the Prestige Concert in September, Senior Prize-Giving in November, and the Community Tea, also in November. During the latter concert, the Grade 7 members help to prepare the hall, decorate the tables, prepare the eats for the guests, act as waitresses and lastly hand out gifts and posies to the guests.

Rehearsals are on Monday afternoons from 15:00 until 16:15 and on Thursday mornings from 7:10 until 7:45 from February until May.


Senior Choir Camp:

The Senior Choir Camp is an annual rehearsal camp at the beginning of every year. Emphasis is given to the learning of repertoire and team building.

A reflection from three 2013 members:
The Senior Choir Camp was a very exciting experience. Not only does one learn awesome songs, but one plays games and make new friends. At the camp we trained our voices and started preparing for special occasions. I know I had a wonderful time at the Senior Choir Camp, but none of it would have happened without the help of Mrs O’Reilly, Miss Pienaar, Miss Witbooi and of course the rest of the choir!
Kayla Scott

The Senior Choir Camp was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed every minute of it. The food was great! We enjoyed playing games like “Zig Zag Zop” and sang our hearts out. It was a great opportunity to make new friends on the beat of “Jamaica”, “Sing” and “Rocking in Rhythm”. Each year we look forward to the choir camp. You should join the choir because it is a great experience. It is a great way to make friends and be part of an exciting cultural community, giving back to the greater community of Stellenbosch!
Jean Hauptfleisch

The Senior Choir Camp was filled with good food, lots of singing…and who could ever forget fun? As a Senior Choir member I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies of the dynamic music department. Thanks to them, the Senior Choir now has an amazing repertoire. To list a few: the jazzy “Rocking in Rhythm” and Money, Money, Money” from the well-known movie “Mamma Mia”. A great thanks to my fellow choir members and the hard work they did. We could not have done it without them! An extra special thanks to Miss Witbooi (the alto trainer) for attending, even when she lost her voice! So, you all better watch out for all our events to hear all our beautiful voices representing Rhenish Primary School!
Masimange Sesanti

 

Junior Choir:

Junior Choir members are drawn from Grades 1 to 3.  Auditions for the Junior Choir takes place during the first two weeks of the school year. With regular practice, these young voices improve in range, strength and quality. The Junior Choir performs at various school events.

Rehearsals are on Monday afternoons from 14:15 until 15:00.


Orff:

Orff is the playing of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. The group is open to a selection of Grade 2 to 4 learners. They benefit from and participate in musical activities. This group is mainly for beginners and acts as a training ground for the percussion group of the School Orchestra. The learners develop a strong rhythmic sense and note reading ability. Once they are proficient in playing all the different instruments, they are invited to join the School Orchestra percussion group. 

Orff takes place on Wednesday afternoons from 14:15 until 14:45.

 

 

Orchestra:

The orchestra is open to any learner who can play an orchestral instrument, irrespective of whether the learner takes music lessons at school. The orchestra performs at all major school functions. The instruments most commonly found in our orchestra are:

Violin Clarinet Trombone
Cello Saxophone French Horn
Flute Oboe Percussion 
Piccolo Trumpet  

Rehearsals are on Friday afternoons from 14:30 until 15:30. 

 

Percussion:

The Percussion Ensemble is an extension of the orchestra percussion section. Learners rehearse orchestral repertoire and a variety of additional music.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday afternoons from 14:30 until 15:30.

 

Marimba Band:

The Marimba Band plays soulful, lively and energetic music from a variety of cultures. Auditions are open to Grade 5 to 7 learners, irrespective of their previous music experience.

There are two marimba bands, one of which is the performing band. The performing band performs at various school functions. One band rehearsals on Thursdays from 14:30 until 15:30 and the other on Fridays from 14:10 until 14:45.