Music

Music

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).

Senior Music

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.

TEACHERS :

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

Part-time staff : 

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

Contact us: music@wbjs.org.za