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VIEWS: Read the following articles by Avril Kinsey:

My Love affair with the Guitar
How to overcome Performance Nerves
Why Music?

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NEWSLETTER January 2010
1st Term 18 January – 26 March

Dear Parents and Students,

At 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.
friends of ctam
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 Africa’s 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.

Special Mention:
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 of music. Ms Olga Leonard who teaches piano and voice for us on a part-time basis was promoted to Head of Music at Wynberg Girls School. 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.

Other news:
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.

This newsletter and past ones are available on here as are our banking details, but f or details on fee options please see the CTAM page or click here
and our very important reminders regarding CTAM policy. We wish you all continued motivation and musical enjoyment. Remember the more you put in the more you get out.

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

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