Initially, the plan was to introduce Music as an extra-curricular subject at DHS and then, over time, introduce music as a curriculum subject. However, the Chris Seabrooke Music Centre provides the required space and instruments for a wide variety of musical instrument choices for the boys, and this, coupled with demand, has led to the introduction of Music as a curriculum subject earlier than anticipated.
Currently, boys in Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10 and Grade 11 do Music as a curriculum exam subject. In addition, boys do Music as an extra-curricular cultural activity. Boys can choose between the instrument choices associated with the teacher as highlighted under Music Staff. They can either choose the jazz or classical stream, giving them a balanced exposure to different styles of music. An audition is held during the first week of each year to determine acceptance into the programme.
The boys accepted into the programme have two music periods every week, with an individual practical lesson. Theory, Aural, History and Ensemble are split between these teaching periods. It is mandatory that boys start with music in Grade 8 or 9 should they wish to take Music as a subject in Grade 10. It is our aim that by the end of Grade 12 the learner would have obtained Grade 7 in Theory and Practical levels, making entry into any tertiary music programme effortless.