Gisela Lange Music Centre

Gisela Lange - the person
As long-standing representative of the German government in the Cape for press and culture, Gisela Lange devoted herself, even after her retirement in 1998, to classical music. She received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Honour) for her years of service in 1998. Gisela Lange, in retrospect, was for us the grande dame of the Cape. Bubbling with life and ideas, selfless to the point of asceticism, inspiring and visionary, she infected many with her intense enthusiasm for classical music with her. This elegant well-bred lady was always the focus of interest wherever she went: preferably in the concert halls – apart from the city hall, especially in the Konrad Taeuber Hall of the DSK which she helped to plan and substantially finance. The adjoining smaller hall bears her name too. It was especially here with her organisation Musica Mundi, that she organised many concerts which became famous in the German-speaking, musically aware community. We will, in compliance with her wishes, continue this tradition of organising further concerts that touch the soul, reaching out further than the German community alone.
But Gisela Lange did not only attend and organise concerts, she was also a sought after patron of the arts. With her Gisela Lange Music Fund she encouraged young musicians. She subsidised the German School, positively influencing the architecture for many students and teachers and – last but not least – brought the Gisela Lange Music Centre into being. Here the aim is to discover and foster talents way beyond the scholastic use. Here the German community should be able to demonstrate what talents are lying dormant in the local and immigrant children; here contact between the different cultures should take place.
Gisela's life, to those who had the privilege to know this wonderful personality, should inspire us in our efforts to realize her vision: that in the mother city of Cape Town the love of music and the understanding of the splendid sounds of classical music should remain alive and that our young talents have a future here.

Guidelines and General Information

Enrolment forms can be submitted to the Gisela Lange Musikzentrum (GLMZ) Office or to the school Reception. The allocation of lessons will be on a "first come, first served" basis. Families will be given consideration to stay with one teacher, if requested. Though preference for a certain lecturer may be stated, if her/his teaching schedule is full, the pupil will be allocated to another lecturer.
In the event where a DSK pupil’s request for lessons cannot be accommodated for whatever reason, such a request and application form must be returned to the Office for their intervention.
Parents are advised to enroll pupils at the beginning of an academic year; otherwise it might be difficult to accommodate them. Parents are also welcome to enroll for instrumental tuitions. Professional Diploma Exams are offered on request.

Fee structure
The fee per lesson will be negotiated between each teacher and parent individually. The Gisela Lange Musikzentrum (GLMZ) recommends a fee from R150 ‐ for a 30 minutes lesson; however, fees might differ from case to case. Pupils are encouraged to take advantage of the option of 2 half hour sessions a week. Books & material
Music books and scores have to be ordered by the parents – the lecturers must provide the list of the required material well in time to the parents. The GLMZ does not order books for individual pupils.
We recommend “Vivo Music”, Tel: 021 7125335 / 0829245573. Contact with parents/Progress monitoring:
The lecturer should inform the parents by phone or in person about the progress of the pupil at least once a term. 
The orange GLMZ notebooks (R10 each) should be used by all pupils and lecturers to document the lessons. Half-year short report will be written into the orange book. End of year report will be issued on a pre-printed GLMZ form.

As some children change their extra‐murals from year to year, they might request to change their lesson time-slots. Unfortunately that same time-slot cannot be guaranteed. The GLMZ will try to accommodate as many pupils as possible. The attendance of lessons is the pupil’s and parent’s responsibility. GLMZ is not liable for any outstanding teaching lessons on behalf of the teacher or any outstanding payments on behalf of the parent/pupil.

Missed lessons:
Should missed lessons have to be made up, the lecturer might make use of the Lesson Recovery Dates specified by the Office. Unless a notice of absence is given to the lecturer 24 hours before the lesson, the pupil will forfeit the lesson. Lessons
Lessons are 30 minutes long, unless otherwise arranged.
Group classes are to accommodate no more than 4 students.
Opening hours of the GLMZ:
For tuitions: Mon – Thu 07:00 – 16:30h, Fri 07:00 – 15:00h
Office: Please check home page for current opening hours Visitors / disturbances during lessons
It goes without saying that only the child whose parents have paid for the lesson can be taught and can be present in the lesson. Audience – children or adults – are only allowed with a special permission in writing by the parent who pays for the lesson. 
Parents will be politely discouraged from disturbing lessons of other children with enquiries etc. We encourage you to use the lecturer’s consulting hour (if available) or contact the lecturer by telephone. Please contact the Office, should you not be able to get hold of the lecturer. Termination of lessons
One term’s written notice is required. By not complying, the parent is liable for the fees for the term, as the lecturer has assigned that time to the child.

Music theory and aural training
Theory and aural training classes are not compulsory, but highly recommended, especially in the case of pupils who have only one lesson a week. By the time a child is at an instrumental Grade II level, he will be advised to attend a separate theory class at the discretion of the instrumental lecturer.

External examinations
The examinations are done on a voluntary basis. Please discuss the need and wish of participation in an examination with the lecturer before submitting the pupil for an examination. In some cases skipping grades is an option. Please ask your lecturer for all related information of all the costs (entrance fee, accompanying musician, materials etc.) related to the examinations well beforehand.
Children can be entered for appropriate external examinations of Trinity‐Guildhall – London, or the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music – London at the lecturer’s discretion. Instrumental accompaniments for exams and performances will be on the parent’s own account.

DSK School Orchestra
Instrumental pupils are required to take part in the school orchestra when they have reached the appropriate level. Instruments
Children must have access to a suitable instrument. For piano, a keyboard may be used initially to assess the child's aptitude. If Music is going to be a serious study, a piano is essential after 18 months. We have instruments which can be hired at reasonable rates – please enquire at the Centre’s management.

Suggestions are welcome.  Please put these in writing to facilitate a follow-up.


Function & Aims

While some students might be interested in a serious musical education, others want to keep their musical activites as a hobby. The Music Centre can cater for both groups. During the morning the children are all given a firm grounding in School Music.
In the afternoon the GLMZ is used for private tuition, where talent is nurtured, developed and guided. We offer preparation for Internationally accepted exams in the chosen instrument and/or theory; this could lead to professional training to become a Music Teacher or Performer or in Music as a subject in the NSC exams;  alternatively some just want a pleasant hobby - both are accommodated and all receive the same input and encouragement.

Our teachers
They are highly qualified and respected in their field - most of them are well known academics or performing artists in both the Classical and Jazz fields in Cape Town.  All are experienced in their field to teach our children.

Our pupils
These range from the earliest beginner (including parents!) to adults working for professional qualifications. Amateur or professional, we cater for their need.

At present we offer your child:
Piano, organ, recorder, flute, saxophone, clarinet, drums and percussion, guitar, violin, cello, trumpet, double bass, base guitar, band, and vocal training; on the academic side we prepare pupils for theory, harmony, history, form and aural training. (In addition, the students can take part in the school orchestra and choir.)

As the demand grows more instruments will be introduced - where possible, the GLMZ will help with the purchase or supply these instruments for rental in the early stages of a pupil’s career.

Venue and rooms
The GLMZ has breathtaking views, overlooking Table Mountain, the Cape Town harbour and as far as the West Coast. It consists of 3 lecture rooms and 5 individual studios. There are  many modern features such as a computerized keyboard facility as well as excellent musical instruments. This allows for a sterling education in both individual teaching and group work.

Concerts and events
Concerts, both large and small take place within and outside the centre. Students are encouraged to participate to perform on a regular basis in front of an audience. Master classes by prominent musicians are occasionally presented at GLMZ. Outings to important musical events are arranged as part of their training.


The GLMZ presently comprises 8 rooms – 3 large and 5 smaller.

The large rooms are also utilized during for morning sessions. At present they are being equipped with the most up-to-date technical devices for multi-media teaching support.

The smaller rooms are mainly for afternoon classes. Musical instruments and literature are continuously being acquired according to need (and within financial means).

Isabel Müller (1973 -   )
The paintings gracing the centre were commissioned by Gisela Lange with the specific aim to express in colour the music and emotions of those composers after whom the individual rooms of the Gisela Lange Music Centre are named.

This, the young painter of German origin at present living in Cape Town, managed to capture in exemplary fashion.


Most of the lecturers in the private teaching section of the GLMZ are highly qualified and/or practising musicians. Some of the most well-known names in Cape Town's world of classical music belong  to this group.


Juanita Yasbek

Junior Band

Senior Band

Harlene Veotte

Nick Turner




Harlene Veotte


Double bass



Gabrielle von Dürckheim



Nick Turner

Maxim Starcke
Michal George

Modern dance


Dance Mouse


Bell, Terryl


Olivier, Cherry

Balintulo, Gillian



Theresa Dwyer
Sigrid Chicken




Maxim Starcke
Harlene Veotte



Sound production Martin Weilguni


Michael Magner


Radomir Cermak


Ivanka Ivanova
Maria Filippi



Stefanie Seiwert

Contact & Forms

For more information and enrollment please contact:

Gisela Lange Music Centre
Stefanie Seiwert

Office Hours
Mon: 13:30h – 16:30h
Tue:   13h – 15:30h
Wed:  13:30h – 17h
Thu:  13h – 16h
Fri:  ---------------

Tel. +27-021 4803866

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