Music forms an integral part of the daily life at Roedean and students are strongly 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 students are given 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, and Rock 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 these form part of the practical component for the curriculum Subject Music.
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 backs of closets, hats are dusted off, and the Music Department prepares for a celebration of sound. Both the Junior School and Senior School music groups perform, providing enjoyment for the whole Roedean community.
We are honoured to have hosted the Roedean Music Competition in collaboration with Yamaha and Lovemore Music for the last eighteen 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:
Roedean offers tuition in a wide variety of instruments:
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.