PHS Music Department

IMG_8271Pinelands High has a proud musical tradition that began in 1962 with the introduction of piano lessons to pupils. Music was introduced as a subject in 1973. Today, we have about 200 pupils involved in some form of music training, from highly skilled musicians taking music as a matric subject, to those who simply love singing and who belong to our choir.

The Pinelands High Music Department offers tuition in a wide variety of disciplines - ranging from piano, most of the orchestra, brass and reed instruments, right through to the ever-popular marimbas. Our pupils can choose to join a Wind Band, Jazz Band, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, String Ensemble, Marimba Band, Clarinet Choir, Choir or Vocal Persuasion.

The different bands and groups have regular performances, both at school and in public. The highlight of the year is our annual Gala Music Concert, which takes place at a prestigious local venue in the third term each year. We also have an annual Cabaret, and every second year, the school produces a musical, involving many of our music pupils. We perform regularly for the general public, and compete in Eisteddfods each year.

Music as a subject

Music can be taken as a subject from Grade 8 to Matric. Pupils who have taken Music at primary school and have some theory background are accommodated first. However, all pupils applying to take Music as a subject for Grade 8 will be required to write a short music aptitude test before being accepted. They will also be tested on various instruments.

The following instruments are taught: piano, violin, cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, guitar, percussion, voice, recorder and marimbas.

Extra-curricular music

Pupils can apply to have lessons on any of the instruments taught at the school, as an extra-mural activity. However, all pupils taking Music as a subject will be accommodated first. Extra-mural lessons take place during the school day, and will be negotiated between the teacher and pupil involved.