I am a graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music where I earned a Bachelor’s degree with major concentrations in Early Music (Recorder) and Music History. I taught as the youngest faculty member at the Whitewater and Madison Early Music Festivals. I have also worked as a research/lab assistant for McGill’s Distributed Digital Music Archives and Libraries Lab. In addition to teaching and performing with North American early music ensembles, such as Ensemble Musica Humana, The Broken Consort, Ensemble Musical Offering, and New Comma Baroque, I work remotely as a script writer for the radio program Harmonia Early Music. I am honoured to share my knowledge and passion for music with players throughout the world, and to foster the developing talents of Keiskamma Music Academy students.
I have been head of the Music Department at Graeme College, a school for Boys Gr1 to 12, in Grahamstown since 1996. It is great to be involved with the Keiskamma Music Academy. The children are really focused, and work hard to achieve the high standard of playing that they do. They seem to be much more motivated than many of the children that I have taught over the years. I have also been impressed with their good manners and polite confidence.
I began teaching music in schools (primary and secondary) in 1980. Since 2003 I have been at the Music School, Kingswood College, Grahamstown, where I teach the flute, rehearse the Concert Wind Band and am responsible for several Subject Music classes from Grade 8 to Grade 12. Kingswood College has established a community engagement programme, the Integrated Community Development Project, in which the Music School is involved. We teach children from the Little Red Dragon School which is part of this Project. Most of our concerts are given with and in aid of community projects. Music can be a powerful force for upliftment in the community. By means of Music Education it is possible to make a positive difference in the lives of children and, eventually, to be a transforming influence in our community and nation.
I began playing the piano at a very young age and soon after, decided to learn to play the violin as well. After graduating from Rhodes University with a BMus Honours Degree in 2007, I took a gap year to the UK for 18 months where I played in chamber groups and taught at various schools around East Sussex. Upon my return to South Africa I accepted a position as music teacher at the Lady Grey Arts Academy in Lady Grey, Eastern Cape.
Three years later I find myself back in Grahamstown where I am currently teaching full time at Victoria Girls’ High School and studying a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education.
My hobbies include: baking, reading, laughing and fixing things that are broken (and some that aren’t).
I graduated from Goldsmiths (University of London) with a Bachelor’s Degree in music and from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a Masters Degree in musical performance majoring in clarinet. In between these two degrees I worked in telecommunications as a specialist engineer and also held several managerial positions. Following my Masters, I returned to my passion as a teacher for Redbridge Music Service and Havering Music School and a music lecturer at Havering College of Further and Higher Education. I have performed with a number of UK orchestras and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban as Acting Co-Principal clarinet. Teaching music is extremely important to me, especially in beautiful surroundings such as Hamburg. I’m passionate about music teaching and believe that music education is a powerful tool which can change the lives of many people developing a person’s social and cognitive skills as well as determination.
I started playing the recorder at age 6. I completed a Master’s Degree of music in 2004 under Amanda Low at the University of Witwatersrand. My studies have led me to have regular lessons all over Europe with recorder virtuosos, such as Walter van Hauwe, Paul Leenhoudts, Flanders Recorder Quartet, Pedro Memelsdorf , Carin van Heerden and many more. In1999 I won the wind category at ATKV and have also recorded many CD’s, the latest being African Baroque which won the SAMA award for best classical album in 2007. I have given many solo concerts in Southern Africa and Europeand taught extensily too. I currently hold a music position at Pro Arte Alphen Park. At the end of 2010, I had the privilege of being invited to teach the Keiskamma Music Academy students. It was a rich, rewarding and honouring experience and made me realise why I do what I do! Thank you!
I was born in Zimbabwe and qualified as a piano and classical guitar teacher. I received my BMus with distinction in 2003 and I have taught for 17 years. I currently play piano every night at Fish River Sun hotel and I have a passion for music and teaching. After hearing the children perform in Port Alfred in December 2010, I was so inspired that I just wanted to be involved. The children uplift and inspire me with their dedication and determination. I am so proud of their progress!
We also thank all the other teachers who have had an influence on our development: Linda de Villiers, Paul Richard, Gareth Walwyn, Jess Gordon, Karen Mostert, Jen Hoyer, Jenny Brand, Daniel Hutchinson, Eva Schäflein, Meike Engebrecht, Christine Geldenhuys, Leslie Stork, Mpumelelo Nyushman, Dean Flanegan, Senja Barthel, Fladia Buongiorno, Brenda Fishwick, Hilary Paterson, Caitlin Schulze, Lesley Stansell, Maria Witt, Nick Fidler and Hilarie Rall. We also thank many young German volunteers who have visited through the DED and Sagenet programmes, who helped our students to practice and progress.
For more information about the Keiskamma Music Academy, contact Anthony Drake at email@example.com or at 078 617 9915.