the following articles by Avril Kinsey:
Love affair with the Guitar
to overcome Performance Nerves
2004; Nov2005; Sept2005; Jan2007; Feb2007; March2007; June2007; Sept2007;
Nov2007; Apr2008; July2008; Nov2008
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Term 18 January – 26 March
Parents and Students,
the end of last year we had two students who received distinction
for their Trinity College of London international exams.
Congratulations to Corné Marais, Tanya Markowitsch and
their teachers Stephanie Marais and Olga
Leonard for this remarkable achievement.
I was also very pleased to be honoured with a distinction for my
Masters of Music Research dissertation of 309 pages.
The master’s degree has also helped my facilitation of a non-profit
organization called Friends of the Cape Town Academy of
Music (FCTAM) from which I am planning to launch South
first International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition in July
2011. We have five highly acclaimed international
guitarists interested in performing and offering masterclasses with
international coverage offered by Classical Guitar Alive,
a satellite radio station run by Tony Morris in
the USA. You will be hearing more from me about this exciting event
which will have benefits for many of the music students and
for those parents and colleagues with companies who wish to take
advantage of the marketing. In the meantime with the click of
a button you can become a Fan of Friends of CTAM on
Facebook and you will already be helping us to gain the strength
needed for sponsorship of this important event.
In each newsletter we wish to make special mention of those students
or teachers who reveal something special about their
attitude to music learning or teaching. I commend Graham
Strickland for continuing with his advanced
classical guitar lessons
during his matric exams and Christian Marais for
working on such a diverse and full guitar and voice repertoire. We
wish Graham much success as he continues to pursue his music studies
at the University of Cape Town this year and Christian as he
moves towards more and more commercial success in his performing
career. We also commend Stephanie Marais for
continuing to increase her teaching level after having successfully
achieved Grade 7 classical guitar through Trinity
College London. Ms Marais also teaches piano, cello and theory
Ms Olga Leonard who teaches piano and voice for
us on a part-time basis was promoted to Head of Music at Wynberg
Congratulations to all those mentioned.
Electric and jazz guitar:
Last year we welcomed Nicholas Turner onto our staff
to teach electric and jazz guitar, as well as songwriting. We welcome
him back and hope his teaching goes from strength to strength.
We have acquired an additional teaching facility through Stephanie
Marais at Bergvliet Primary School, which we
are very excited about. We are also close to finalising a large
teaching room at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Kirstenhof
(CHS) 2 minutes away from the Kirstenhof studio.
On a personal note I was
recently invited to talk about music education on radio 2000 and
about my return to performing, beginning with a shared concert at
the Biodiversity Expo Kirstenbosch Gardens on
Sunday 28th March at 12h00.
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all continued motivation and musical enjoyment. Remember the more
you put in the more you get out.
(Director) TLDM, PDM, MMus (distinction)