Music at Sacred Heart College

Sacred Heart College’s music department is forging new ground in 2016 with the appointment of the new Deputy Principal, Wayne Purchase, an accomplished pianist who has performed extensively locally and internationally and has Master’s degree in Music Education. His aim is to build on the excellent music foundations to build a thriving and dynamic department in which every pupil of the College is exposed to music in either a class context or as a co-curricular activity to experience the exceptional value of participating in music-making.

Co-curricular instrumental lessons are offered in: piano, guitar, vocals and drums. If other instruments are requested, teachers can be sourced. Music theory classes are also on offer and the syllabus of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools is followed. Pupils will have the opportunity to enter these examinations throughout 2016 and beyond.

Ensemble Programme

Sacred Heart College’s music ensemble programme aims to encourage pupils playing instruments as well as vocalists to play and sing in groups to develop their sight-reading and aural skills as well as ensemble techniques. Ensembles are given the opportunity to perform at various school events as well as external events. The following ensembles are on offer at the High School: a jazz quintet, string and woodwind ensemble, vocal group and marimba bands.

The One Heart Choir

2016 sees the re launch of the choir as the One Heart Choir. Under the directorship of Wayne Purchase and Nomvula the new look choir aims to provide a diverse repertoire that reflects the character of the school. The choir is given opportunities to perform at various school events as well as external events.


We learn how to position ourselves before the marimba, correctly hold mallets, where to hit the marimba keyboard to get good sound, the “rolling technique”, and more and more.

Range types we have at Sacred Heart College are: bass marimba, tenor marimba, soprano marimba and piccolo marimba.

When learners have attained a level of ability which allows them to perform the songs they have learned, they may be asked to showcase their skills and promote Sacred Heart College by entertaining at College functions and at other outside events too. Awards may be earned for dedication to marimbas.