Music is an international language that speaks to one and all, transcending age, race and cultures throughout the world.   Studies have shown that music has a positive influence on childhood development, providing great benefits on an academic, emotional, physical and spiritual level.

Music helps young people identify socially and is a source of enjoyment, motivation and a great form of inspiration.

Penryn College firmly believes in the importance of music in education. We integrate music into our daily school activities and extend the programme even further with the Penryn Music Academy. Our scholars perform from an early age, which not only enhances their love for music but also their interest in The Arts. This music programme is supported by a number of accomplished musicians.




Music is offered as a formal subject from Grade 8 to Grade 12 while our Arts & Culture programme for Grades 8 and 9 focuses on performing and creativity. College scholars can participate in the marimba and djembe band, as well as the College choir, with various opportunities to compete as well as the option to compete at the International Marimba Festival.



Music can be taken as an additional extra-mural activity. The Penryn Music Academy offers individual lessons to Prep and College scholars as well as home schoolers in cello, djembe drum, double bass, drum kit, bass guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboard, marimba, piano, recorder, sound/music production, theory, ukulele, violin and vocals. Many of our scholars participate in the local as well as National Eisteddfods. Our scholars also compete in the South African and World Championships of Performing Arts.


Scholars can enter for Unisa, ABRSM and Rockschool graded external practical and theory music exams.

Among the multiple events taking place during the year, our students have the opportunity to perform in Chapel and Head’s Assembly, at Prize Giving, Valediction, the Grade 8 Welcoming Ceremony, various expos, Founders Day, school plays, the Christmas Carol Service, as well as our annual Penryn Music Academy Concert.

In addition, The Music Academy collaborates with various schools in the Penreach Artreach project. This includes choir, marimba and djembe training projects.

Penryn  Music Scholar Achievements

During July 2018 two Penryn scholars; Amy-Lee Card and Thando Mathebula were chosen for the South African team during the South African Championships of Performing Arts and proved to be a force to be reckoned with at World Championship of Performaing Arts 2018.

Thando was awarded 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals in her age category. Her vocal solos achieved bronze for Stupid Cupid in the Open category, bronze for Halo in Contemporary category and silver for Joy in the World category. In the dancing event, Thando also rose to the occasion and came home with a silver medal for her Musical Theatre solo, Read all about it. Her ballet solo, River flows in you, received second place at the World Championship with the silver medal.

Amy-Lee was awarded 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal for vocals in her age category. Amy-Lee achieved a silver medal for Say you won’t let go in the Open category, and first place with gold in both the Contemporary category (for Riptide) and the Variety category (for Can’t help falling in love).

Amy-Lee literally swept the floor with her self-accompaniment on the Ukelele and was chosen as the 2018 Champion of the World Division winner for receiving the best score in the age group of 16-24 year olds in the Variety Arts Category. For this, she received the Plaque Champion of the World Trophy.