Seedlings

JACARANDA CHILDREN’S CHOIR

SEEDLINGS

JACARANDA SEEDLINGS CHOIR FOR GRADE 1-3 CHILDREN (± 6 – 9 years old)

“HEAR US GROW”

The University of Pretoria Jacaranda Children’s Choir is “branching” out.   The “Seedlings”, a choir for children from Grade 1 – Grade 3, has been established in January 2015 under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Michael Barrett.

Seedlings classes are based on the Kodály method, which is used worldwide and develops overall musical skills, singing technique, sight reading, perception of tonality and harmony, spontaneity and much more. These skills are invaluable in both singing and the playing of an instrument, for casual fun music-making as well as for serious classical musicians. And above all we teach them that music is fun so that they’ll always love and enjoy music-making!

Although being part of Seedlings classes doesn’t guarantee admittance to the Jacaranda Children’s Choir, this esteemed choir accepts all singers from the Seedlings programme who successfully passed an audition when going to Grade 4.

CONDUCTORS

Elrika van der Merwe completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Pretoria in 2000, followed by her Honours in Music Technology and her Master’s degree in Music Education in 2003. She did a course in choral conducting with Professor Petro Grabe, who was the conductor of the Tuks Camarata choir at the time. After giving piano and singing lessons at Cornwall Hill College for
3 years, she started her own Kindermusik business, which she managed for the past 16 years. Elrika believes that all children can learn to sing on pitch, if taught correctly from a young age. She enjoys working with younger children especially and is excited about the future of the Seedling choir.

Liesl Swanepoel completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Pretoria in 2015, majoring in aural training, solfa and choral conducting. She has a passion for giving people musical skills which will enable to them to enjoy music-making all their lives, and for creating a safe, encouraging, loving environment in which individuals can not only learn music but also grow in confidence and in character. Besides her work to develop and expand the Seedlings programme, Liesl currently does private tutoring in aural training for children and music students at the University of Pretoria, as well as piano lessons for children.

WHO MAY PARTAKE

Unlike most choirs, any child may join our classes whether they can sing on pitch or not, because we strive to develop their ear and overall musical skills.

LESSON TIMES FOR 2018

Beginner’s Group (New Seedlings Gr. 1-3):

Tuesdays 15:45 – 16:30

Advanced Group (Old Seedlings & new Seedlings who already have a significant musical background):

Wednesdays 15:45 – 16:30

VENUE

University of Pretoria Groenkloof Campus, Music Department, Choir Room.

PERFORMANCES

The Seedlings perform at a number of concerts every year, including the JCC Winter Concert Series and the JCC Gala Concert.

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Fees for 2018 are:

Old Members:                 R 2 800

New Members:               R 3 000 (Which includes their Golf Shirt)

 

Payment scheme:

DUE DATE
NEW MEMBERS
OLD MEMBERS

By 31 January 2018
R 500.00
R 500.00

By 28 February 2018
R 1 000.00
 
R 1 000.00

By 31 March 2018
R 500.00
 
R 500.00

By 30 April 2018
R 1 000.00
 
R 1 000.00

 

ENROL FOR 2018

2018 vorm…

FURTHER QUERIES

Kindly contact our Manager – Trudie Crouse on 082 979 4348 / manager@jacarandachoir.co.za.