Subject Music in the GET band (Grades 8 & 9) is offered as one of the specialised learning pathway courses in Arts & Culture, so that the transition to subject music in the FET Band (Grades 10-12) is more easily accommodated.
Five full-time staff members and a further five part-time teachers teach the following variety of instruments:
We continue to have what must be the largest entry (and largest pass rate) in the country, from one school or institution, for the ABRSM Theory examination – with approximately 130 learners writing each year. We encourage our learners to participate in the Cape Town and Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfods, and to enrol for the external Music Practical examinations offered by ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall.
A new and exciting component of the Music FET phase is composing and arranging, which uses the Sibelius and Cubase computer software programs. In Grade 10 Music FET the focus is on Sibelius (arranging) and Cubase in Grades 11 and 12 (composing tracks for a poem or powerpoint presentation).
Extra-Mural Music Activities
The Music Department at Rustenburg High School for Girls flourishes in an environment that is supportive of the Arts. Music has a long and rich heritage at the school, with The School Song dating from 1910, written by Dr Thomas Barrow-Dowling, a music master at the school, who was also the organist and master of the choristers at St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town from 1888-1926.
We offer a wide range of extra-mural groups, including two Choirs (Chamber and General), an Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Band. Various small ensembles include Berocca G (Baroque ensemble), Flute, Saxophone, Guitar, Keyboard, Clarinet, Brass, Percussion, Recorder, and String ensembles, a Piano Trio, a Jazz Combo, Vocal Quartet and the Savuyisa Senior & Junior Marimba Bands. We also have a very active Music Society run by a small committee of learners and co-ordinated by a music teacher.
Our activities include an annual outing to a CPO rehearsal at the City Hall, a Recorder Symposium, a Music Workshop and various concerts, including the Junior and Senior Music Spotlight Concerts and an Annual Music Concert. The Jazz Band and Vocal Quartet perform in the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival at the Baxter Theatre and some members attend the Grahamstown National Youth Jazz Festival. We have an annual Choral event in which the Choirs, Concert Band and Orchestra collaborate with Rondebosch Boys’ and SACS High Schools and the Beau Soleil Music Centre, with a guest conductor. The Annual Awards’ Dinner recognises senior learners’ achievements and their commitment and dedication to Music.
Our annual Carol Service and concert at St Paul’s Church, Rondebosch continue to raise funds for, amongst others, the African Scholars’ Fund, the Peninsula School Feeding Association and Little Angels.
For more information about Music Tuition at Rustenburg, please download the 2015 Music Tuition Leaflet (PDF Document – 242Kb)
To see a provisional list of the Music events planned for 2014, please download our 2015 Music Calendar (PDF Document – 332Kb)
For information about Music Scholarships offered by RGHS, please see our Scholarships page.