Instrument(s) / Discipline(s):
Music Education, Piano Performance
Period of study at the NWU School of Music / PU for CHE Department of Music:
2003-2007 & 2009-2011
Qualifications completed at the NWU / PU for CHE:
BMus, MMus, PGCE, PGDM, ETQA (ETDP-SETA) Accredited assessor
Qualifications completed elsewhere:
NLP Master Practitioner, TPT™ Practitioner, Evolved NLP Life Coach, Evolved Master Hypnotist
Notable professional achievements:
• Founded Kleuterklanke & Toddlertunes (Kodaly inspired pre-instrumental music education programmes).
• Presented a paper at the 30th International ISME conference, Greece 2012.
• Selected to study Music Education at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland in 2011.
• Conceived the Feniks Project for the North-West Youth Orchestra where engineering students built usable orchestra instruments out of rubbish material in order to supply instruments for a community outreach project.
Current professional position / occupation:
Independent music professional; business owner; life & performance coach.
Top 5 must-hear music:
1. Miguel Llobet — El testament d’Amèlia
2. Frédéric Chopin — Berceuse, Op. 57
3. Girolamo Kapsperger — Toccata arpeggiata
4. Arno Babadjanian — Piano Trio
5. Claude Debussy — Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Which personal music experiences are most memorable to you?
• Working with the NWU New Music Ensemble, specifically recording El Diván de Chloe by Argentine composer, Au Arias. It was a wonderful experience, creating magical music with wonderful people.
• Performing with Human Coetzee and Erica Eloff in the premiére of Sing saam met my, a beautiful set of children’s songs composed by Hannes Taljaard.
• Performing at a series of concerts with Fiamma Nova, an early music specialisation group in Koakkala and Jyväskylä, Finland.
• I have many similar stories, but this experience is particularly memorable to me: I was working with a very shy five year old girl. The first time I met her, she was so afraid she started crying. Needless to say, there was absolutely no way of getting her to sing. In fact she wasn’t even talking much. I persisted, week by week, building rapport in every possible way and gaining her trust by singing, looking for (and talking to) spiders and flying like eagles. Until one day, after about five months, out of nowhere she started singing. She sang every song that she has ever heard me sing. It was as if she finally found her own voice. That was pure magic.
• Every performance with George Fazakas was memorable, even though I can’t remember most of them!
Top 5 must-read books:
1. Zero Limits by Joe Vitale
2. The Structure of Magic by Richard Bandler & John Grinder
3. Sleight of Mouth by Robert Dilts
4. Beliefs by Robert Dilts
5. A Soprano on her Head by Eloise Ristad
• “Learn how to listen as things speak for themselves.” — Basho Matsuo
• “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” — Marianne Williamson
• “Paradise is not a place; it’s a state of consciousness.” — Sri Chinmoy
• “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall
Top 5 must-see movies:
2. The Illusionist
3. The Shawshank Redemption
4. Finding Neverland
5. The Life of Pi
Which television show(s) can you watch over and over again?
Malibu and Appletiser, more often herbal tea.
How do you relax?
Meditation and trance.
Which places would you still like to visit?
Tibet, India, Prague.
What are your funniest / fondest memories of your time at the Conservatory?
Having tea in the sun with my good friend, Elize Bonthuys.