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Welcome to our home page! The Academy was founded by Avril Kinsey in Jan 2000 to cater to the needs of music education and literacy in Cape Town. We are aligned to the international exam syllabus of Trinity College London, and so offer the best in world trends and syllabi for all ages and levels. Based on Ms Kinsey’s philosophy the Academy’s mission is to cater to the needs of the individual, offering discipline, with creativity and care for the person as a whole. Lessons are one on one. They occur once a week and are custom designed to meet the individuals aims, needs and abilities.

There are eight grades to music, which under normal circumstances take between 8 - 9 years to complete. A student must have completed up to a Grade 7 level to be fully prepared for music at a tertiary University level.

Our 5 international level Certificate Courses are designed tp provide a practical, highly relevant and professional series of courses that not only offer skills for employment in the industry, and for self employment, but are musically and personally rewarding, because we care about the individual, their talent and their development of professional level skills.

Avril Kinsey, Director TLDM, PDM, MMus (distinction).

The Certificate Courses on offer are:

  1. Foundation (F)
  2. Music Artist 2 (MA2)
  3. Music Artist 3 (MA3)
  4. Music Artist Professional 4 (MAP4)
  5. Music Artist Professional 5 (MAP5)

    Download the PDF files for more information by clicking here or send an email by clicking here.

SUBJECTS: Voice (Musical Theatre, Rock/Pop Idols); Guitar (Classical, Electric, & Bass); Piano & Keyboards; Drums; Violin; Cello; Flute; Songwriting/Composition & Arranging; Computer Music Notation/Software; Professional - Page to the Stage & Studio.

QUARTERLY TERMS: Four based on the Western Cape Government School Terms. (An average of 3 months per term). Lessons are once a week for the durations outlined in the table. Fees are payable quarterly in advance - for payment options, scroll further down or click here.

Individual Lessons per term:10 weeks is an average term

30 minutes
45 minutes 60 minutes
All instruments (per term) R1600 R2300 R3000
Voice (per term) R1600 R2300 R3000
Certificate Courses are per year

Fees range from R11000 to R19900 for the year - Fees are worked out individually depending on the number of subjects taken - these are made available after a consultation meeting with the Director.

Please Note:
Fees should reflect in the CTAM account on or before Monday 18th January.


  • One terms notice is required to discontinue lessons.Please call the director 24 hrs in advance, if you cannot make a lesson, if not the student forfeits the lessonAs a student of CTAM your contract is with CTAM and not with any individual teacher, so please address
    any correspondence, communication or concerns of any kind to the DirectorDue to our full timetable missed lessons can only be made up if prior arrangements are madeIf a lesson is cancelled from our side an alternate lesson will always be offered
  • Payment received later than stipulated above incurs a late admin fee of R50

We offer three methods of payments as outlined below. The Academy prefers payment by EFT directly into CTAM bank account (see point 1 below). To request an invoice, please send an email.

1. TERMLY INTERNET/ EFT payments: including direct transfers or cheque
deposits should be made two days before the start of term i.e. Friday 15th in order to reflect by the first day of term.
2. PAYMENT IN PERSON you may do so by appointment on the first morning or evening of a term: 1st term 18th January. You may also wish to meet for a discussion. Please call 0834114889 to arrange.
3. PAYMENTS AT LESSONS for the term will only be accepted if prior arrangement has been made with the Bursar or Director. If an arrangement has been made, please make sure fees by cheque are made out to the “Cape Town Academy of Music” or fees by cash are placed in a sealed envelope, marked CTAM, and left with your teacher at your first lesson.
4. LATE PAYMENTS Any late payments incur a R50 late administration fee.

BANKING details: Please email The Cape Town Academy of Music for banking details.


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