WBJS has a vibrant and busy music department with over a third of the boys taking lessons, playing in a band and/or singing in a choir. Three full-time and fifteen part-time teachers provide tuition on a range of instruments: Piano, Violin, Cello, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Guitar, Drums, Percussion and Voice. Every week scheduled rehearsals for Concert Band, Jazz Band, String Ensemble and three Choirs take place. Most of our boys continue their musical training in high school with great success!
Why should my child take music lessons?
- Music is a discipline, both mental and physical.
- Music is emotional and intellectual
- Intuitive and learned
- Innate and acquired
- Academic and primal
- Music is like a science, mathematical and quantifiable.
- Music is many things but it is most importantly uplifting and empowering.
- One of music’s most transformative qualities for our students is the immense infusion of confidence that students experience when they realise the extent of their talent through hard work.
During these uncertain times, the music department is continuing with online teaching of individual lessons as well as remote digital gatherings of our ensembles. We are enjoying great success in this regard.
Foundation Phase Music
Boys in the Foundation Phase (grades R, 1, 2 and 3) can begin the Piano, Recorder, Fife, Violin or Ukulele. Lessons in the Foundation Phase are given in groups of three to five (except for Piano lessons).
Once boys are in Grade 4 they are given a chance to try out orchestral instruments as well acoustic guitar, and after a few terms, the option of joining the String Ensemble, Concert Band and/or Jazz Band.
Permanent staff :
HOD Gene Kierman: Concert Band, Jazz Band, French horn, Drums, Guitar, Music software
Jessica van der Merwe: Concert Band, Jazz Band and Saxophone, Ukulele, Music software
Jill Scheepers: Choirs, Voice and Piano
Lisa Frangs: Piano
Judy Twycross: Piano
Kendall Williams: Piano
Theresa Mills: Cello
Lisa-mari van Rensburg : Violin
Derek Fennell: Flute
Damian Rykers: Drums
Arianna Carini: Guitar
Devon de Swardt: Guitar
Brendan Kierman: Trumpet
Jesse Williams: Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Trumpet, Clarinet
Dave Reynolds: Steel Band
Caroline Attwell: Recorder, Piano, Accompaniment
Miranda Bassett: Pop Vocals
Abraham van den Berg: Ukulele
To read more about our Choir Department click here.
To read more about our String Ensemble click here.
To read abour our Jazz Band click here.
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