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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.

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 tuition in percussion instruments as well as:

String instruments like the  -  

  • Violin
  • Vola
  • Cello
  • Double bass

Wind instruments like the -

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet 
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone

Brass instruments like the - 

  • French horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Euphonium  

The school has a range of string orchestras and wind bands. The school established the Music for Africa Development Trust to run outreach 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

Music EducationThe Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre

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

  • strings,
  • woodwind,
  • brass,
  • percussion,
  • piano,
  • guitar
  • and voice.

Hugo Lambrechts is also the only music centre that provides tuition in harp.

Pupils have the opportunity to perform in public at regular concerts and events presented in the world-class Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium. They experience solo performance, chamber music and orchestral music making in several ensembles, a development orchestra, two wind bands, four string orchestras and a symphony orchestra.

Anyone can join the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

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


For more information

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

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Government Body: (Western Cape Education Department, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 27 February 2020