Music and the Arts

Music Department

Music forms an integral part of the daily life at Roedean and girls are encouraged to take up a musical instrument. Our various musical groups are often seen performing for school engagements and other prestigious calendar events.

Roedean School offers both a Contemporary and Classical department, where the girls have the opportunity to receive tuition in instruments ranging from Drums and Bass Guitar to Piano and orchestral instruments.

The Contemporary Department accommodates rehearsal facilities for the Orchestra, Jazz Band, Rock and Pop bands with teaching facilities for the individual instruments. The Classical Department accommodates practice rooms and teaching facilities for Subject Music and individual tuition. Practical and Theory Examinations are offered with the Trinity School of London and The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Classical, Jazz, Rock and Pop, and forms part of the practical component for the curriculum Subject Music.

“The Music Department has also been involved in several successful overseas tours.”

The Music Picnic takes place each year in late August and is truly a highlight on the events calendar. Picnic baskets are hauled out from the back of closets, hats are dusted and the Music Department prepares for a celebration of sound. Both the Junior School and Senior School music groups perform, providing enjoyment for the Roedean community.

We are honoured to have hosted the Roedean Music Competition in collaboration with Yamaha and Lovemore Music for the last fifteen years. Generously sponsored by the aforementioned organisations, this competition welcomes the finest talent from schools throughout Gauteng. After several days of adjudication, finalists are chosen to perform at a prestigious Gala Evening where the winners of each category are decided.

Girls are offered the opportunity to participate in ensembles where talents are developed in a team effort. We offer the following ensembles:

  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Junior and Senior String Ensemble
  • Junior and Senior Flute Ensemble
  • Junior and Senior Marimba Groups
  • Junior and Senior Choirs
  • Junior Instrumental Ensemble
  • Junior and Senior Rock Band

Roedean offers tuition in a wide variety of instruments:

  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
  • Voice (Classical/Contemporary)
  • Violin
  • Drum-kit
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar/ Double Bass

The Music Department has also been involved in several successful overseas tours with our dynamic and well-known Choir and instrumentalists over the past years. These include tours to countries such as: America, Italy, England and Australia.

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