Music

The SACS Junior School music department is a vibrant and dynamic place where students can explore their musical talents and passions. We offer a wide range of instruments for students to learn, from recorder to piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, French horn, and drum kit.

Our students can also join various ensembles that cater to the different levels and styles of music. These include junior band, intermediate band, concert band, and jazz band, jembe and marimba ensembles, and three SACS choirs- age appropriate. Our music department aims to provide a rich and diverse musical education that fosters creativity, excellence and above all enjoyment.

Applicants remain on our database until placed and will roll over annually, i.e. you do not need to reapply each year. All music lessons are incorporated into the academic timetable during the school day. Therefore boys would need to be in a position to catch up on or complete the work done while he is at his music lesson. An applicant’s suitability is also therefore assessed in conjunction with his academic teachers.

Our music staff consists of highly qualified and experienced teachers who are passionate about music and education. They are dedicated to nurturing and inspiring our students to achieve their musical goals and aspirations.

Reon Jacobs (Head of music, Piano, Choir, Jazz band)
Karen Hess (Brass, Intermediate band, Choir)
Gemma Bellairs (Woodwinds, Choir, Concert band)
Lance Thuynsma (Clarinet, Class Music Gr. 4-7, Choir, Junior band)
Lyn Eastman (Development Programme/Recorder, FP Class Music Gr.1-3, Djembe & Marimba Ensembles, Choir)
Devin Jones (Drums)
Derek Fennell (Flute)

Fees

The music fees for 2024 are as follows:

Music Fees – 2024 Per Debit Order /EFT Per Annum 
Individual Music Fees R509.00 x 10 months R5 090
FP Group Recorder R215.00 x 10 months R2 150.00
Band Levy R101.00 x 10 months R1 010.00
Junior Band R101 x 7 months – May – November R707
Instrument Hire R265 x 10 months R2 650

Group Recorder

The Foundation Phase (FP) programme teaches the basics of reading notation and playing. At the end of their Grade Three year, we encourage pupils who have shown diligent application and progress to move on to another instrument in Grade Four. Participation in FP programme is not essential to acceptance for an instrument in Grade Four.

Please apply at the end of Grade Two.

 

Wind Instruments and Drums

In Grade Four, applicants are assessed at the beginning of each year to determine which instrument they are interested in and which suits them best. All these lessons are individual lessons.

All instruments: If your son wishes to apply for an instrument please apply at the end of grade three. Please apply here:

Piano

Individual piano lessons are offered to suitable applicants from Grade three onwards. A piano at home is a prerequisite. If your son wishes to apply for piano, please apply at the end of Grade Two. Please apply here:

Marimba and Djembe Ensembles

This is offered as an extra mural for all Grade Three to Seven boys. To apply please email Lyn Eastman. 

Bands

Band practices are from 07:25 to 08:00am as follows:

Band Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Junior
Intermediate
Concert
Jazz

After a term in Grade Four, the wind players who are ready, join the Junior Band. Thereafter they will be promoted to the Intermediate Band the following year. Placement in the Concert and Jazz Bands is on merit by audition and at the sole discretion of the Music Teachers.

Choirs

All boys in Grades Two and Three are auditioned for placement in the Junior Choir at the start of each year. Rehearsals are on a Monday and Wednesday from 07:25 to 07:55.

All Grade Fours as well as new or interested boys are auditioned at the start of each year for placement in the Senior or Chamber Choirs. Rehearsals are during the SURE period on a Monday and Wednesday from 08:00 to 08:30

Contact details

Physical Address
Dean Street, Newlands
Cape Town
7700

Postal Address
SACS Junior School Private Bag X3
Newlands
7725

Email Address:
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Secretary:
021 689 4001

Bursar:
021 686 6027

JE De Villiers House:
021 689 8779

SACS Pre-Primary:
021 685 3865