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Music Education


Music EducationMusic education plays an important role in a child’s development. It helps improve their cognitive skills, which are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Improving these skills will help your child later in life, whether at university or at work.

Music education is also known to help in the following ways:

  • It stimulates brain development in children.
  • It gives your child a chance to connect and socialise with other people and work in a team.
  • It integrates many different subjects, such as reading, writing and numeracy.
  • It will help teach your child discipline and time management.
  • It is a great way to relieve stress.

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The Western Cape Education Department provides specialised music training at the following music education centres:

The Beau Soleil Music Centre

This centre has about 400 learners and specialises in the tuition of all orchestral instruments (strings, woodwind, brass and percussion) as well as piano, guitar and choir. The Centre also offers theory and the full FET curriculum for Grade 10 – Grade 12.

String instruments include:  

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass

Wind instruments include:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet 
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone

Brass instruments include: 

  • French horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium  

Percussion instruments include:

  • Orchestral percussion
  • Mallets
  • Drumkit      

The Centre has a range of string orchestras and wind bands. The Centre established the Beau Soleil Music for Africa Trust (BSMAT) to run development programmes for learners from disadvantaged communities.

Learners need to audition to be accepted into the school, and selection is based on merit.

For more information, contact:

The Beau Soleil Music Centre
12 Salisbury Road, Kenilworth, 7700
Tel: 021 761 1894

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre offers learners from the northernMusic Education suburbs of Cape Town basic music education, music theory and practical tuition in piano, guitar, voice, and orchestral instruments such as:

  • Strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp)
  • Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)
  • Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba)
  • Percussion (orchestral percussion and drum kit)

Individual tuition is complemented by the ensemble and orchestral music-making in several ensembles, five- string orchestras, two wind bands, a jazz band, an advanced chamber music group and a symphony orchestra. Pupils gain performance experience at regular concerts and events presented in the world-class Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium.

Anyone can join the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, no matter how young or old.

For more information, contact:

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre
20 Picton Street, Parow, 7500

The Frank Pietersen Music Centre

This centre offers instrumental tuition and an ensemble programme. An African music programme, which includes playing in a marimba band, is offered semi-privately. Solo singing and choral work are also offered in a youth choir as well as an adult choir.

For more information, contact:

The Frank Pietersen Music Centre
Sanddrift Street, Noorder Paarl, 7646
Tel: 021 872 2123/4
Fax: 021 872 7651
Facebook: Frank Pietersen Music Centre

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For more information regarding fees, bursaries and instrument hire feel free to contact the music schools directly.

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 30 March 2022