Cape Town Academy of Music (CTAM)

       CTAM was founded by Avril Kinsey in January 2000 with studios in Tokai and Online

We offer: one on one lessons in voice, piano, guitar, electronic keyboard, composition, music education, and classes in theory of music, songwriting, general music knowledge, music business, marketing and entrepreneurship.

We also offer: tertiary levels for 1-2 years of study for an internationally accredited diploma course, such as the Associate Trinity College London (ATCL) and Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL) in music teaching. 

Further we provide: a means to audition for university level studies or fill in your education gaps, i.e. if you didn’t complete any music grades or diplomas and still desire to do so, it is possible with us, even if you are working part time.  

School Levels
After a consultation your child may embark on music studies for the duration of their school years. Trinity College London accredited grade exam options include classical and rock and pop genres in voice, piano and/or guitar. We also offer opportunities for performance practice, where students build confidence and grow in the art of performing.

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

Teaching staff

Dr Avril Kinsey (ATCL & LTCL Teaching Diplomas, Theory of Music & Composition, MA Diplomas)

Janette Cilliers (Vocal studies, Piano and Recorder)

Ian Anderson (guitar acoustic and electric)

Governing Body – Key Positions

Policy & Financial Director: Mr S Felmore 

Curriculum Development: Dr A Kinsey


Classes and lectures which are held under the auspices of the Non Profit Organisation (FCTAM) and take place at the Teaching Studios, Tokai Community Church, in Tokai, and some are ONLINE.

Request our application form for either part-time lessons or the full-time diploma courses by emailing

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

  • It helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning
  • Students learn to think creatively and to solve problems
  • Achieve higher grades in high school (and tertiary education)
  • Get a glimpse of other cultures and experience empathy and understanding of others
  • Craftsmanship is learnt, and what constitutes good is internalised
  • Students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard workIt enhances team work skills and discipline
  • Music provides a means of self-expression
  • It 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 percussion (The above was accessed from a CPO newsletter)