Cape Town Academy of Music and Film

The Cape Town Academy of Music was founded by Avril Kinsey in January 2000 and in 2018 the Film department was added.

A boutique academy practical and creative arts academy with studios in Tokai and Glencairn. Music, creative arts for film and television education for students of all ages and levels begin with one on one private lessons on weekdays in voice, piano, guitar, violin, electronic keyboard, theory of music, songwriting and composition as well as screenwriting, production and composing for film and the visual medium. Tertiary levels for one or two years of study of internationally accredited diploma courses such as ATCL and LTCL. Training students for a career in music or providing a means to university level studies. 

School Levels
After a consultation with Avril your child may embark on music studies for the duration of their school years. Trinity College London accredited exam options in classical and rock and pop genres. Performance practice where students build confidence and grow in the art of playing in front of an audience.

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 PRODUCTION.


Teaching Staff

Janette Cilliers (vocal studies, piano and recorder)

Ian Anderson (guitar acoustic and electric)

Steven Felmore (guitar and improvisation)

Other part time teachers in violin, cello, bass guitar are engaged from time to time, depending on the instrumental lessons required


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. Other lessons take place in our Glencairn Studios.

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 work
It 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 (The above was accessed from a CPO newsletter)