Dr. Avril Kinsey is an award winning musician and screenwriter, a published composer and author. In 2020 she formed Wild Coast Productions, a company responsible for making feminine-led, uplifting films and videos. She is the first female classical guitar/composer to be awarded a creative Doctor of Music degree in South Africa. The Cape Town Academy of Music (CTAM), which Avril founded in 2000, is a boutique academy specialising in music tuition, and in training students to teach the musical arts. International accreditation is through Trinity College London exam work. CTAM offers several instrument choices as well as voice, in a variety of genres, including rock and pop. 2021 sees the addition of digital media studies, theory of music, business and entrepreneurship, songwriting, scriptwriting, composition and music production classes, as well as a Professional Development Diploma. Here’s an opportunity to hear Avril’s interview with Edewede Oriwoh. Dr. AVRIL KINSEY
NEW: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIPLOMAS in 2023
AUDITIONS & CONSULTATIONS OPEN NOW
“My 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 the joy of creativity, technique, understanding all come together in the moment of performing to the best of one’s ability, because quality breeds success.” A Kinsey.
MUSIC ARTIST DIPLOMA (MA Dip.) which includes practical instrumental or voice training with theory of music, general music knowledge/history of music, business of music marketing and music entrepreneurship.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DIPLOMA (PD Dip.) is for those already embarking on a career as a performer or teacher and who wish to round off their music education with more theory of music, business and marketing skills to employ themselves more successfully, as well as fine tuning their performing and recording skills.
ASSOCIATE & LICENTIATE Trinity College London (ATCL) and (LTCL) Teacher Training Diplomas available STUDY PART TIME & ONLINE FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Full Time and part time studies are available in MA Dip, PD Dip. ATCL and LTCL teaching diplomas and practical performance diplomas, as well as theory and composition studies for school leavers and young adults.
Part time studies are available in a variety of instruments and genres. To apply you need to go through a consultation/audition, but first please kindly send an email to the Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, from year to year we have a limited number of bursaries for talented deserving students in the second 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 and attendance is at least 80% of all classes. 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. Fees are subject to the length of the class 45 or 60 minutes and whether they are one on one lessons or group classes. Advanced studies are all one hour per subject.
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 admin fee of R550. or $30.
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Students can study: MUSIC PERFORMANCE and/or COMPOSITION, MUSIC EDUCATION (theory and practical teaching), DIGITAL MEDIA ARTIST, ENTREPRENEURSHIP and the BUSINESS of MUSIC.
WHAT THE STUDENTS SAY
Dr. Kinsey is an outstanding teacher with a passion for music, which has inspired me, and which has greatly increased my knowledge and love of music. My favourite part of the MA Diploma was business and entrepreneurship, as it has taught me so much about what is possible in terms of business and music, and has made me very excited for my future in music. Daniel Grant
I highly recommend classical guitar lessons with Avril Kinsey. Her depth of knowledge and ability to inspire emotion, passion and artistry, even in the relatively untalented, is profound. She is also adept at providing a framework for important fundamentals of technique. An amazing person and teacher to have in your life.
Andreas Van Wyk.
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.
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 becoming professional in 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
Avril coached me on every aspect of performing. To have a teacher of Avril’s expertise is a rare and valuable opportunity. Steven Kukard
I’ve 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
Consult with Avril regarding one on one lessons, group classes, online lessons, or to find out if you qualify for acceptance into any of the Music Artist Diploma courses. Send an e-mail with QUERY CTAM in the subject line to: email@example.com or book your consultation here.
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)
Our highly acclaimed Vocal and Piano teacher JANETTE CILLIERS continues teaching with CTAM in 2023. She has a Masters degree in music with vocal technique as the study of her thesis. She also holds a Fellowship from the Trinity College of London in Singing Performance. As a former solo opera singer with CAPAB and winner of the Crescendo light music competition she has experience in various genres of singing. She loves to discover talent and loves developing vocal techniques of young, as well as adult singers who wish to explore their own abilities as performers or just for fun. With her vast experience in the recording studio, having been a radio broadcast artist and a vocal trainer for young recording artists we are very excited to welcome this highly accomplished and passionate teacher to be part of our team.
New to our team is guitar teacher IAN ANDERSON who specialised in a variety of styles of acoustic and electric guitar music.