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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?

NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES Nov 2004; Nov2005; Sept2005; Jan2007; Feb2007; March2007; June2007; Sept2007; Nov2007; Apr2008; July2008


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NEWSLETTER November 2008

Dear Parents and Students,  

As the year comes to a close I would like to thank the students for their hard work and commitment. Thank you to the parents for supporting music education and to all the teachers for their dedication and care.

My research project and thesis for my Masters is well under way. It has, however, been a challenge to find enough time in the day to deal with everything on the level that I would like to, so apologies if I have been delayed in responding to you in any way.  I still have one more year to go so thank you in advance for your patience.

Maritza Herselman for being one of the top 150 vocalists in the country in the Supersterre Singing Competition. We wish her all the best for the next round in January when the top 10 South African  stars will be chosen.

The following students passed their Trinity College London International Exams:
Sarah Lane
(keyboard, grade 4)
Kayleigh Rutherford
(merit in keyboard, grade 5) and
Chelsea Thomson
(distinction in classical guitar, grade 6).

Ben Alheit (classical guitar) was selected to perform in the annual Sweet Valley Music Competition.


  • In 2010 we will be celebrating CTAM’s 10 Year Birthday with a variety of exciting events such as: workshops, concerts and master classes.  A possible trip to attend a music festival in Europe is being looked at as is offering international guitarist and teacher Gregory Newton an opportunity to perform and give some Master Classes for CTAM. Dr Newton is President of the American Guitar Society and Director of the International Concert Series. He is also on the board of the Guitar Foundation of America. Last year he was awarded a Doctorate in Music performing some of my ‘African-inspired’ compositions. He is a wonderful personality, teacher and performer.
  • We welcome your ideas too, so please email any thoughts you may have, especially with regard to an event or class you would want to participate in. We also value any contacts, venues, fund raising ideas or practical suggestions you may have.  Email your ideas to akinsey@mweb.co.za


Next year we will have executive accountants V Swemmer & Mc Innes Assoc. to oversee policy and financial matters. The fee structure and methods of payments, however, will largely remain unchanged for 2009. The annual fee increase which comes into effect next year has been kept to a minimum of close to 7%. For details on fee options please see the CTAM page or click here.

I wish you all the very best over the festive season and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.
Avril Kinsey
(Director) TLDMus, PDM, MMus (current)

FEES and CTAM PAYMENT INFORMATION: Please see the CTAM page for details.


  • Please call the teacher concerned, preferably 24 hrs in advance, if you cannot make a lesson for any reason.
  • Due to our full timetable missed lessons cannot just be changed or necessarily made up.
    (We might only have an alternative lesson, if a student has cancelled well enough in advance to make one available).
  • If a lesson is cancelled from our side an alternate lesson will always be offered.
  • Any payment received 1 week after the registration date will incur a late admin fee of R30.
  • In the best interests of all, we reserve the right to re-assign a student with a different teacher if need be.
  • One terms notice is required to discontinue lessons.
  • ATCL or LTCL exam students need to commit to studies for 1 to 2 years.

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