Cape Town Academy of Music

The Cape Town Academy of Music was founded by Avril Kinsey in January 2000.

A boutique academy with studios in Tokai and Glencairn. Providing quality music education for students of all ages and levels. CTAM offers one on one private practical music lessons on weekdays in voice, piano, guitar, electronic keyboard, theory of music, songwriting and composition, and music teacher training. It also offers tertiary level students an opportunity to study a one or two year internationally accredited diploma course, which trains students for a career in music (see details below).

Here are some of the reasons why learning music is so important.

Musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning
There is also a causal link between music and spatial intelligence
Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems
Recent studies show that students who study the arts achieve higher grades in high school (and tertiary education)
A study of the arts provides (us) with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures
Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work
Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work
Music study enhances team work skills and discipline
Music provides a means of self-expression
Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace
Music performance teaches (us to) conquer fear and to take risks
Carolyn Phillips (Director Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, USA) is the author of the Twelve Benefits of Music Education. Her information above also refers to an article by Dave Gerhart on (The above was accessed from a CPO newsletter).

School Levels
After a consultation with Avril your child may embark on music studies for the duration of their school years. CTAM offers Trinity College London accredited exam options in classical and rock and pop genres. Performances take place for students twice a year, where they can build confidence and grow in the art of playing in front of an audience. An essential skill for any musician.

Tertiary Levels
Our Academy also specialises in offering a unique certified Music Artist Diploma Course, which includes a practical instrument or instruments with several theoretical subjects. The courses are for one year and the student can commence in January or July. Suitable for those wanting to focus on PERFORMING and/or COMPOSING, TEACHING MUSIC or MUSIC RESEARCH.

 DOWNLOAD the Pdf. file for more information CTAM PROSPECTUS  Request our application form for either part-time lessons or the full-time certificate courses by completing the form below.

Classes and lectures which are held under the auspices of the Non Profit Organisation (FCTAM) take place specifically at Tokai Library hall on alternate Wednesdays and are open to the public upon completion of the FCTAM Tokai Hall attendance form .