The Music Department at Girls College is a warm, friendly, nurturing place that encourages girls to develop their music talents in all genres. The aim of the Music Department is to instill a love of music in students that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Class music lessons allow them to experiment, step out of their comfort zone and learn new things every week.
Girls’ College has a talented and growing orchestra, it is the only school orchestra in Matabeleland and many of the players have performed with the Harare Youth Orchestra. The School’s Music Department has a close association with the Zimbabwe Academy of Music whose instructors teach various instruments including violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute, recorders, marimbas and clarinet. This is carried out on site at the College for the convenience of the girls, teachers and parents. Our ties to the Academy also enables the girls to participate in workshops with visiting international musicians. The School supports and facilitates travel to Botswana and South Africa for students wishing to take ABRSM (London) exams every year.
Our annual Inter House singing competitions get even the quietest of girls singing their hearts out in this lively and colourful competition, while our school choir is very popular in the community and is often invited to participate in community projects. We’ve helped raise funds for organisations such as the Library for the Blind, Island Hospice, The Music Academy, Save the Rhinos, World Peace Day and many others. The choir has, year after year, participated in the International Sing-Up Day based in the UK and is often featured in their annual videos. Locally we participate in the Allied Arts Festival, Music Camp, Bulawayo Music Festival and with local musicians such as Oliver Mtukudzi and Blessing Chimanga. Several of our highly talented girls have been chosen by Zicopa to represent Zimbabwe in America and we have produced instrumentalists and singers that have gone on to study music in China, perform in Spain, participate in the Choir Olympics and more. Many of our musicians are performing in bands and music groups all over the world, both professionally and just for the love of music.