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Our series resumes for this year and we would like to start by introducing the Chair Person of Musicum, Eljé van der Walt:

Curriculum & Year:
BMus, 2nd year

Piano, flute & voice

Professional ideals:
To be a music teacher

Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Vivaldi — Four Seasons
2. JS Bach — Well-Tempered Clavier
3. Hans Zimmer soundtracks (each one!)
4. John Powell — How to train your dragon soundtrack
5. The Beatles

Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
Singing “God die digter”, words by TT Cloete and music by Awie van Wyk, with the NWU PUK-Choir at the Afrikaanse Taalmonument

Top 5 must-read books:
1. Kringe in die Bos by Dalene Matthee
2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Favourite quote(s):
“Live today as if it’s your last day, but plan today as if you’ll live forever.”
“Ek span my in om by die wenstreep te kom, sodat ek die hemelse prys kan behaal waartoe God my geroep het in Christus Jesus.” – Fil. 3:14

Top 5 must-see movies:
1. Life is beautiful
2. The Sound of Music
3. How to train your dragon
4. A Beautiful Mind
5. Inception

Which movie(s) did you walk out of before the end?
Jack the Giant Slayer

Which television shows can you watch over and over again?
Chuck & Downton Abbey

Favourite food:
Chicken salad

Favourite drink(s):
Rooibos tea, coffee, dry red and white wine

How do you relax?
I go sailing or just sit by the water and enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine.

Which places would you still like to visit?
Italy, Ireland, China & Malawi

What is the ringtone on your cell phone?
Beatles — Love me do

What is your favourite moment of the day/week/year at the Conservatory?
There are so many to choose from, but my most favourite moment is when I can see progress in all the children to whom I, and other students, teach marimba in the Musikane project.