Training our future generations of musicians in order to expand the arts in South Africa.

Who we are

Through the generous sponsorship of Francois Marais we have created an ideal environment in which students can learn to develop life skills through music instruction.

Our teachers are motivated by a love for music and to share this with people of all ages. We consist of a highly qualified pool of instructors with diverse qualifications up to Masters level.

The Lynnwood NG Church Church has provided us with teachings rooms as well as space for our grand piano in the church hall.

Without the unwavering support of the parents who attend concerts, transporting students to lessons and providing encouragement to the children, none of this would have been possible.


We are blessed to have an group of dedicated and talented young musicians that will leave their footprint on the history of music that is yet to be written.

Our community has provided a warm, safe and inviting environment for us to operate our music center in. In exchange we aim to culturally enrich the lives of all that we interact with.

What we do

We provide music tuition that well exceeds accepted standards while augmenting our students holistically.

Where we are

Lynnwood NG Church
439 Sussex Avenue

When we operate

We generally provide tuition during afternoons to early evenings on weekdays, but individual arrangements can be made between teachers and students.

How we teach

We mainly provide one on one tuition for practical and theory.

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Be sure to download our latest Fee Schedule as well as the Application Form if you are interested in enrolling with us.

Upcoming Events

Supporting Local Musicians

Join us for a magical evening of music on the 13th July 2019, performed by some of the greatest musicians I’ve had the privilege to play with. The evening will consist of pieces from popular video games arranged for a small orchestra by Pieter Smal and MC’d by Samantha Wright.

Master of Ceremonies Samantha Wright
Piano Pieter Smal
Flute Renée Hartzenberg
Violin Friederike Scholtz
Violin Joy Meyer
Cello Marita Lübbe
Soprano Louise Kriek
Guitar Cornelis Blonk

This show is being put together to help raise money for flautist Renée Hartzenberg who got accepted to pursue her M.M degree in Flute performance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst starting in September. While her scholarship does include tuition she still has to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and daily living by herself.

So come join us at the Barbara Pretorius Konsertsaal for the once in a lifetime opportunity to not only hear Renée Hartzenberg on the flute but also support one of South Africa’s finest get further along in her career. Tickets are available on quicket.

For those not sure video game music is something they’d enjoy, please have a listen to the previous performance of this concert performed for charity. This will be the last chance to come listen to it in person.

Cornelis Blonk,

Guitar Teacher


Live Performances

Prizewinners Concert 23 August 2018

Jacques Richardson performing Schubert Adagio from Der Wanderer Fantacie.

Mehnaz Ahmed performing Waltz Mystique by R Moore




  • Experienced teaching professional, with proven skills instructing groups as well as in one-on-one situations.
  • Able to unlock the wonder of music to young minds and adults alike.
  • Specializing in teaching novice and junior students, but able and qualified to teach up to diploma level.
  • Work in a goal-orientated fashion, ensuring a pleasant atmosphere so that learners associate music with positive experiences.
  • Superior work ethic. Achieved results independently and with teams. Successful in both commercial and academic settings.
  • Specialized in music history, harmony and counterpoint in my honours studies in music science at UNISA. As lecturer, involved with research for study material, lecturing adults and touring countrywide for examination purposes.


Piano Teacher: Arts@Sussex (from August 2007 – present)

  • Piano: All grades.
  • Theory: all grades.
  • Acting as head of Arts@Sussex.

Piano Teacher: Magnet School PAAP (2004 – July 2007)

  • Piano: All grades.
  • Theory (groups and individuals): grades 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Piano Teacher: Pro Arte Alphen Park: Arts Academy Governing Body (2000 – 2004)

  • Piano: All grades.
  • Theory (groups and individuals): grades 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6.

Representative: Trinity College London examinations in Music, Speech & Drama

(1999 – 2017)

  • Administration, marketing and organizing examinations.
  • Invigilating practical and written examinations.

Librarian: Dutch Reformed Church, Lynnwood (1988 – 2010)

  • Developed a database to organize approximately 7000 books, using Access.
  • General admin.

Piano Teacher: Private studio (1981 -2003)

  • Piano and theory all grades.
  • Preparation of students for examinations.

Piano Teacher: Pro Arte Alphen Park: Arts Academy

(for 6 weeks in 2000 standing in for Dr L. de Villiers)

  • Piano all grades.

Committee: South African Society for Music Teachers (1998 – 2000)

  • Organizing house concerts for senior students.
  • Formation of ensemble-groups and a music listener’s group.

Financial Manager: Psychological Association of SA (1977 – 1980)

  • Preparation of financial statements for auditing.

Lecturer: UNISA: Department of Music Science (1969 – 1976)

  • History of Music 1, Harmony & Counterpoint 1.
  • Writing new study guides.
  • Examinations in all major centers of South Africa.

Piano Teacher (1968)

  • Private Studio
  • Bloemfontein Technical College (Part time)
  • Waterbron High School (6 months)

Piano Accompanist and Ensemble Player: SABC and Public Concerts (1964 – 1968)

  • Piano, flute and harpsichord.

Flute Player: Bloemfontein City Orchestra (1965 – 1968)

  • Accompany operettas and music festivals.

Student Teacher: University of the Free State (1964 – 1967)

  • Private piano teaching while studying.


Hons BMus (Music Science): UNISA (1978)

  • History of Music (Distinction)
  • Form in Music (Distinction)
  • Harmony (Distinction)
  • Counterpoint (Distinction)
  • Music Bibliography (Distinction)

UOFS Education Diploma in Music:  UNISA (1967)

Major Subjects:

  • History of Music (Distinction)
  • Harmony
  • Piano (Distinction)
  • Flute

Unisa Teaching Licenciate in Music (Piano) (1966)

Matriculation: Hoërskool Jim Fouché (1963)

  • Afrikaans, HG – B
  • English, SG – B
  • Mathematics, HG – A
  • Biology, HG – C
  • History, HG – C
  • Latin, HG – B


  • Received the R. Muller scholarship for best student in three consecutive years at UOFS.
  • Participated in concerts, music competitions and art festivals where my performance on the piano was highly acclaimed.
  • Made recordings for the SABC as an accompanist and soloist.
  • Have appeared in concert with lecturers, music teachers and students.
  • As pianist, flute and harpsichord player I have been on stage in solo, ensemble and orchestra performances.
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Liesl was born on 17 January 1979. She started with piano lessons age 5 and received various awards from an early age. She was part of the Jacaranda children’s choir for two years. Age 14, she started with church organ as a second instrument and continue with piano as first instrument and organ as second instrument, till she matriculated in 1997 at Pro arte Alphenpark High School. She completed grade 8 in both piano and organ with distinctions in both Unisa and Royal Schools.

She completed her B.Mus studies at the University of Pretoria in 2001 during which she was part of the Tuks Camerata for 2 years. In 2002 she started her Post-graduate studies in Music Therapy also at the University of Pretoria and completed her Masters (Music Therapy) in 2003. Later she continued additional studies in another Music Therapy field called Guided Imagery and Music and completed that in 2010. She was part of the Akustika Chamber choir who won numerous awards over the years and is still number 2 on world rankings for choirs in the world.

Liesl was involved with various Music Therapy projects over the years which include work at a private psychiatric hospital for 10 years, school for autistic learners, individual therapy work with learning disabilities and emotional problems, cooperative drumming groups, juvenile delinquents and recently patients with Alzheimers in frail care. She was also part of a team who wrote a book on local Music Therapy work, called Music Therapy in South Africa.

As n freelance musician, LIesl is part of various projects and aspect of performance. She is a accompanist for various classical and commercial artists, Musical Director of various shows, Musical Director at NG Lynnwood Ridge church and an arranger for shows. As educator, she teaches piano from 2004 and enjoys it very much to be part of the music education of young people and children.

Liesl is the founding member and Managing Director of The Vox Collective, which is a database of contract vocalists with a strong choral background. We provide client with talented, experienced and efficient vocalists for studio work, stage productions, special occasions, corporate events and other concerts. We have done a lot of work recently which include Classics is Groot 2016 – 2018,Afrikaans is Groot 2017, Amira’s Album, International recording work, flash mobs and movies including Modder en Bloed and Eintlik nogal baie.

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DANIEL VERSTER (baritone) started his singing career at the age of 16 with tuition by world- renowned singers Dawie Couzyn and later Joyce Barker.  He made his professional debut at the Natal Playhouse(Durban) in 1986 when he performed the role of Germont in La Traviata.

In 1989 Danie departed for Germany where he worked as a soloist at the Freiburg Stadt Theatre and studied at the Musik Hochschule, Freiburg under Prof  Xander Haagen.

Danie was recently heard as Mefistofeles in Faust and Danillo in The Merry Widow at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria.

In 2014 he sang Germont In La Traviata for the Lowveld Chamber music Org. in Nelspruit,

performed the role of Fiorillo in The Barber of Seville(Rossini) at The Brooklyn Theatre in July Danie recently produced a Christmas childrens opera, Amahl and the night visitors (Menotti) for Sempre Opera. This production is repeated annually.

He produced La Traviata(Verdi) December 2017 , and Carmen(Bizet) May 2018 for Sempre Opera

When not on stage, Danie teaches singing at the Music Centres of Menlopark High School,  Wonderboom High School and Cornwall Hill College in Irene and does coaching for soloist singers from his private studio with Arts @ Sussex.

As a member of the Sempre Opera management team Danie further contributes to create singing opportunities for younger, up and coming singers.

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Pierré Tolsma

Pierré Tolsma  plays on a handmade Muramatsu Silver Flute.

In 2005 Mr. Tolsma obtained his BMus from the University of Pretoria and his Teacher’s Licentiate (Flute) from the University of South Africa.

In 2010 he obtained his MMus (Performing Art: Flute) cum laude from the University of Pretoria.

In 2012 he obtained his Performance Licentiate (Flute) cum laude from the University of South Africa.

Mr. Tolsma has attended several master classes (flute) presented by James Galway (Ireland), Trevor Wye (England), Raffaele Trevisani (Italy), Hansgeorg Schmeiser (Austria), Fernando Fracasssi (Italy), Susan Milan (England), Francesca Canali (Italy) & Juliana Nickel (America).

During his career Mr. Tolsma has been a flutist with the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Orchestra, UNISA Music Foundation Orchestra, the South African National Youth Orchestra and the University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra.  As soloist, he has appeared with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra and the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Tolsma performed with conductors and artists, amongst others, Rik Ghesquire, David Jalbert, Karl Jenkins, Emmanuel Bach, Gabriel Arnold, Filippo Adami, Zanta Hofmeyer, Gerhard Korsten, Wim Viljoen, Alex Fokkens, Ilze Coetzee, Magdalene Minnaar, Barend van der Westhuizen, Gerben Grooten, Sergio Zampolli, Janie Moolman, Nianell, Cut Glass, Dozi, Coenie de Villiers, Izak Davel, Nataniël, Richard Cock & Graham Scott.

Mr. Tolsma is engaged in flute pedagogy at UNISA, Afrikaans Hoër Meisies Pretoria, St Mary’s (DSG), Arts@Sussex Music Centre & Waterkloof House Preparatory School in the Pretoria region.  He is also a flutist for the ensembles Salon Music (Brooklyn Theatre), Magic Flutes, Serenata, FlautoConcorda and Grace Note Music.  As an adjudicator Mr. Tolsma adjudicated, amongst other, for the National Eisteddfod Academy, Afikaanse Taal & Kultuurvereniging, the Krugersdorp Eisteddfod, Waterkloof House Preparatory School Festival & Tyger Valley College Eisteddfod.

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Larissa Babenko

Personal Profile

Larissa Babenko was born in Kiev (Ukraine) and started learning to play violin at the age of 8. After
graduating from secondary and primary music school with excellent results she entered the Music College and was taught by Levia Hofstein (student of K.Mostrass, Moscow Conservatory).

After 4 years of studies she graduated from the Music College with distinction and in 1972 entered the Kiev State Conservatory (presently known as the Ukrainian National Academy of Music) where she studied in the class of B.Kotorovich (student of Yu. Jankelevich, Moscow state Conservatory). During her studies at the conservatory she played at the concerts of M.Rostropovich (cello) and A.Khachaturian (composer).

Larissa graduated from the Kiev State Conservatory with distinction and obtained an honours degree and subsequently worked at “Ukrconcert” (a concert organizing company) as a soloist of an instrumental ensemble.

For 14 years she worked in the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra in the first violin section. During this time she performed alongside well known conductors of the 20th century such as: I.Markevich, N.Rakhlin, K.Kondrashin, D.Kitaenko, A.Musin, M Jansons, S.Turchak, F. Mansurov, V. Sinaisky and many others.

During those years she took part as an orchestra member on tours to Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Poland and Germany. As a member of the chamber orchestra she participated in benefit performances of world renowned composers such as Arvo Pyart, Alfred Schnittke, Valentin Silvestrov with soloists: Oleg Kagan, Natalia Gutman, Gidon Kremer and many others.

From 1990 to 1992 she worked in Yugoslavia in the National Theatre of Serbia in Novi Sad as the subleader of the second violin.

From 1992 till 2000 worked in the first violin section of the Transvaal Philarmonic Orchestra (NAPOP) in
Pretoria. She also performs in string quartets as a first violinist.

Teaching Experience

Larissa’s teaching experience spans more than 30 years. She taught students of the Music School and
Music College in Kiev (Ukraine) between 1977 and 1990.

As a violin teacher in South Africa she has led over a hundred students from grade 0 to the level of a violin concert performer.

2002-2007: Violin Teacher at The National School of Arts in Johannesburg
2005-2007: Violin Teacher at Kingsmead College Johannesburg
2007-present: Violin Lecturer and Violin Teaching Method Lecturer at the University of Pretoria.
2008-present: Violin Teacher at Arts on Sussex music centre


Honours Degree with distinction as orchestra soloist, chamber performer and violin teacher. Kiev State Conservatory, USSR (presently Ukrainian National Academy of Music)

Diploma with distinction from the Higher Music College in Kiev.

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Hendi Krog studied at UFS and was offered an assistantship at the University of Florida South, in the USA. 

Her teachers where Enkie Ahlers, Lorette van Zyl, John Wille, Derek Ochse, Alan Solomon, Denise Sutton, whom all shaped and encouraged her as musician and teacher.

She played violin in the Pact orchestra, Cosa, Pacofs and Black Tie, and Gauteng Philharmonic and was principle violist in Pro Musica orchestra.

She is a highly qualified violin teacher and also did teachers training in Suzuki- and Colour Strings methods, and regularly attends and give workshops.

She Taught violin/viola, Chamber Music and Orchestra at Pro Arte School for the Arts for many years. She was involved in the Mangaung project as lecturer through the UFS.

She also taught at WHPS, Pretoria Boys High. 

Currently she has a private violin and viola studio in Pretoria and teaches at Southdowns College and Hazeldean Curro.

She conducts several String Orchestra’s. She is the director of the Musikwoche in Swakopmund, Namibia. And is a founder member of UP4Strings, school for Orchestral studies at The University of Pretoria with Denise Sutton and patron Gérard Korsten. 

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Music theory, Classic and Electric Guitar

Cornelis Blonk started his journey in music 2005. Studying classic guitar and music theory privately at Jubal Music Industries under Mr. Mathew Nel, he progressed to an advanced student and started playing in small venues around South Africa in early 2009. By 2012 tired of the club and performance scene he started teaching part time as a Teaching Artist at Jubal Music Industries until the tragic passing of the schools owner in 2018.

He holds his Grade 8 in Music theory and is currently studying Piano privately through Julia van Leeuwen with the goal of gaining his diplomas in both Guitar and Piano education through The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in the coming years.

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Louis Raubenheimer het in 2010 begin les neem by Charl Lamprecht en het gekwalifiseer vir BaMus by die Universiteit van Pretoria in 2011. Tydens sy studies het hy Graad 8 verwerf en talle pryse by Eisteddfod’s en kompetisies gewen. Hy is ‘n UNISA geakkrediteerde kitaardosent wat spesialiseer in Klassieke Kitaar. Louis het in 2014 begin les gee en het sedertdien talle leerders suksesvol gehelp om hul eksamens te slaag.

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