Music

Music

‘Music is the soul of society’
Itzhak Perman – Israeli-American violin virtuoso, conductor and master-instructor.

Music at The Grove

Welcome to The Grove’s Music Department.

The Grove has a dedicated team of highly qualified music teachers working together to create an awareness of music in our school community at large.  Music enriches our lives by promoting a higher order of thinking skills and teamwork. Music also fosters creativity and cohesiveness while generating discipline and commitment.

To enable budding musicians to grow to their full potential, we offer a large variety of instruments. We are also closely associated with the Beau Soleil Music Centre. Once a certain level of competency is attained on their chosen instrument, the children are able to sign up for bands and orchestral ensembles.

The Grove enters children for Royal Schools, Trinity College and UNISA exams provided that the child shows an aptitude and is motivated to enter. Both practical and theoretical examinations are recommended provided that the children are ready.

Music at The Grove

Welcome to The Grove’s Music Department.

The Grove has a dedicated team of highly qualified music teachers working together to create an awareness of music in our school community at large.  Music enriches our lives by promoting a higher order of thinking skills and teamwork. Music also fosters creativity and cohesiveness while generating discipline and commitment.

To enable budding musicians to grow to their full potential, we offer a large variety of instruments. We are also closely associated with the Beau Soleil Music Centre. Once a certain level of competency is attained on their chosen instrument, the children are able to sign up for bands and orchestral ensembles.

The Grove enters children for Royal Schools, Trinity College and UNISA exams provided that the child shows an aptitude and is motivated to enter. Both practical and theoretical examinations are recommended provided that the children are ready.

If a child hears music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. The child gets a beautiful heart.” Einstein
Requirements for Practicing
Space:
Music stand and space at home to ‘blow your trumpet’.
Time:
Time to be scheduled each day for practising.
Discipline:
Self-discipline and concentration is essential.
Enthusiasm:
Must be motivated to learn music.
“Music feeds the soul of our nation”
Recorder
The recorder is an ideal first instrument as it is both manageable in size and technical scope whilst the actual instrument (Yamaha/Aulos) is inexpensive. Learning to play the recorder enables the student to form the best possible background and preparation for learning an orchestral instrument. Students may be tutored individually or in small groups, from Grade 2 onwards.
Piano
Once students are able to read they may start piano lessons provided that they show an aptitude for music. For practice purposes it is imperative to have either an acoustic piano or a weighted keyboard in the home.
String Instruments
VIOLIN, CELLO, DOUBLE BASS

An excellent musical ear is essential to learn a string instrument as this section requires plenty of discipline, dedication and musical ability.

An ideal grade to start the various instruments is:
Violin: Grade 2 – 3
Cello: Grade 3 – 4
Double Bass: Grade 5 – 6

Wind Instruments
FLUTE, CLARINET, SAXOPHONE, CORNET, TRUMPET

These instruments are a natural transition from learning the recorder.
The ideal age group is Grade 4 – 8 with lessons taking place individually or in very small groups.

Students usually progress fairly quickly once they have made the transition.

Guitar
Classical or contemporary
The guitar is a versatile instrument that provides a solid musical foundation although it is initially a challenging instrument to master.
Drum Kit
Learning the drum kit provides the students with the opportunity to learn the various styles and techniques of ‘drumming’. It also develops co-ordination and a strong sense of rhythm. The ideal age group to start is in Grade 4.
At The Grove we offer a wide variety of instruments for individual tuition:
Recorder
Flute
Fife
Oboe
Piano
Trumpet
Saxophone
Violin
Drum kit
Cello
Guitar
Ukulele
Voice
Cornet
French horn
We also offer a variety of ensemble and orchestral groups:
Recorder consort
Orchestral ensemble
Senior choir
Junior choir
Chamber choir
Guitar ensemble
Violin club
Marimba bands