TLDM, PDM, MMus (cum laude), DMus


Dr. Avril Kinsey is an award winning musician, published composer, author and lecturer. She is the Founding Director of CTAMusic & Film & Wild Coast Films. She was awarded the degree Doctor of Music from Nelson Mandela University. She is the first female classical guitar/composer to be awarded the creative DMus in Composition degree in South Africa.  The Cape Town Academy of Music (CTAM) and Film, which Avril founded in 2000, is a boutique academy specialising in music education and writing and composing skills. International accreditation is through Trinity College London exam work. CTAM & Film offers several instruments and voice, as well as theory of music, songwriting, scriptwriting and composition classes.

Music teaching is about showing students a glimpse of what it is to be an artist in the highest sense. To guide them towards experiencing that place inside where technique, compositional and musical understanding with sensitivity and the joy of musical expression all come together in an honest moment of playing or performing to the best of their ability at the time.” A Kinsey 

Wild Coast Films – director Dr Avril Kinsey

  • The Wild Coast screenplay by Dr. Kinsey receives a fab review from the Blue Cat Screenplay Competition: “Great mystery … the clues to finding it were fantastic … Indiana Jones style feel … extremely clever and creative … a rollercoaster of entertainment.”

  • In other NEWS Dr. Kinsey has been invited to lecture on South African composers for the classical guitar at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in Miami, USA in 2019.

  • Also in 2019 Dr. Kinsey has  been awarded a prestigious composer’s residency in Visby, Sweden.

  • To apply to study part time at CTAM you need to go through a consultation/audition, but first please kindly send an email to the Director at: akinsey@mweb.co.za  In this email please include your age, instrument of choice (piano, guitar, violin or voice) and the area you reside in, and whether you have had any experience or not. All students will be auditioned before acceptance. Parental support is essential for students, no matter, their age or level or talent.

Full Time studies are available in MA Dip, ATCL and LTCL teaching diplomas and practical performance diplomas, as well as theory and composition studies for school leavers and young adults.  To apply you need to go through a consultation/audition, but first please kindly send an email to the Director at: akinsey@mweb.co.za  In this email please include your age, instrument of choice, area you reside in, your matric or latest school percentage, as well as current level of music achievement. 

The Associate Trinity College London (ATCL),  and Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL) Teaching Diplomas can be done full-time, or part-time from ANYWHERE in the WORLD with Dr Kinsey’s long distance SKYPE course options, which includes course supervision, marking of written materials, assessments on observed and actual lesson teaching, as well as editing services. 

 Student Queries:

1. How do we apply? We set up a consultation/audition at which the student can ask all manner of questions.  We get to know your aspirations, goals, and levels of achievement and we advise accordingly.
2. Do you offer bursaries? Yes, we do have a limited number of bursaries for talented deserving students in the second year of study. We cover 50% of deserving student’s international Trinity exam fees in any year of study.
3. Is it possible to work while studying at CTAM? Yes, the courses do allow students to do part time work, as long as it does not interfere in the student’s overall progress and submission of work. We encourage work in the creative and performance arts.
4. Does the academy offer accommodation? We are not a large facility, so students generally find their own accommodation.
5. What are the costs? Fees are worked out based on the number of subjects the student takes, and start from as little as R7200. per year. Fees are subject to the length of the class, whether they are one on one lessons or group classes.
6. What is the registration fee? The registration/administration fee is also the consultation fee. So for an extensive consultation you have also covered your once off yearly fee of R350.

Find out more by clicking on the highlighted words MUSIC ARTIST DIPLOMA COURSE
Students can study: MUSIC PERFORMANCE and/or COMPOSITION, MUSIC EDUCATION (theory and practical teaching), MUSIC JOURNALISM, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and the BUSINESS of MUSIC. Read the CTAM PROSPECTUS  for details.


I have thoroughly enjoyed doing my LTCL instrumental teaching under the supervision of Avril Kinsey. She puts in the utmost effort with every individual. I am ever so grateful and highly recommend her to anyone wanting to achieve a diploma qualification. Talisa Symons

One can absolutely not go wrong under the guidance and tuition of Avril Kinsey. She has shown me what it is to be an inspirational teacher. I gained so much knowledge and experience in cialis professional such a short period of time. Thank you Cape Town Academy of Music for opening doors I never thought would even cross my path!  Karin Jonker 

I was very fortunate to have Avril Kinsey supervise and mentor me during my LTCL studies. Her extensive musical knowledge and attention to detail made for a comprehensive, individualised learning experience, which I highly recommend.  Judy du Plessis

Avril coached me on every aspect of performing. To have a teacher of Avril’s expertise is a rare and valuable opportunity. Steven Kukard

CTAMs Diploma course is essential for any musician who is serious about making music their full time career. The material is engaging and more importantly makes learning interesting and fun. I really enjoyed the songwriting sessions … while Avril’s knowledge and guidance for the ATCL course was eye opening. Tanya Markowitsch

I remember being so impressed with your guitar style and thinking how amazingly beautiful your playing was. You definitely were one of the first people to fuel my love of the guitar! Thank you for that! Kathy Ashwell of Music Matters

Consult with Avril regarding one on one lessons, group classes, Skype lessons, or to find out if you qualify for acceptance into any of the Music Artist Certificate courses. Send an e-mail with QUERY CTAM in the subject line to: info.akinsey@mweb.co.za  Please include your contact information and as much detail as possible, or download the  CTAM PART Time Application form or  CTAM FULL Time Application form and/or complete the form below and we will get back to you in 24 hours. 

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Avril plays and talks about her early days of composing for the classical guitar below ………

One of Avril’s most famous pieces for classical guitar is:  Mokoro (Song of the Water) 
‘This guitarist’s work is ingenious and evocative, the result of a fertile imagination … a master musician of unusual ability.’ Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar (UK). ‘William Walton’s Bagatelles…The complex detail was presented with clear precision…Elogia de la Danze by Brouwer, a tour de force.’ H Eckstein, Cape Times (SA). ‘Sharply focused eloquence and total brilliance … a sparkling finish to a recital which had delighted a full house.’ Dick Turpin, The Star Tonight (SA)