Gisela Lange Music Centre

For more information and to enroll tel +27 (21) 480 3866 or email Hans Huyssen,

Office Hours
Mon: 13:30h – 16:30h
Tue: 13:00h – 15:30h
Wed: 13:30h – 17:00h
Thu: 13:00h – 16:00h

GLMZ History

In the past, Gisela Langa and her organisation, Musica Mundi, organised many concerts which became famous in Cape Town within the German-speaking community. Many of  these concerts took place in the DSK’s Konrad Taeuber Hall, which she helped to plan and substantially finance. Hence, the adjoining smaller hall bears her name. With her fund, The Gisela Lange Music Fund, she encouraged young musicians. She positively influenced the architecture of the school and she brought the Gisela Lange Music Centre into being. The aim was to discover and foster talents way beyond only learners at the school. Here, she wanted the the German community to be able to make music and also to establish contact between the different cultures.


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 learner will be allocated to another teacher. In the event where a DSK learner’s request for lessons cannot be accommodated please contcat the GLMZ office. Parents are advised to enroll learners at the beginning of an academic year. Parents are also welcome to enroll for instrumental tuitions. Professional Diploma Exams are offered on request. Enrolment form to download.

Fee structure
The fee per lesson will be negotiated between each teacher and parent individually. The GLMZ recommends a fee from R165 for a 30 minute lesson. 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 teachers must provide the list of the required material timeously. The GLMZ does not order books for individual learners. We recommend “Vivo Music”. Tel +27 (21) 712 5335 / 082 924 5573.

Contact with parents/progress monitoring
The teacher should inform the parents by phone or in person about the progress of the learner at least once a term. The orange GLMZ notebooks (R10 each) should be used by all lerners and teachers to document the lessons. A half-year short report will be written into the orange book. The end of year report will be issued on a pre-printed GLMZ form.

As some learners change their extra‐murals from year to year, they might request to change their lesson time- slots. Unfortunately, same time-slots cannot be guaranteed. The GLMZ will try to accommodate as many learners as possible. The attendance of lessons is the learners’ 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/learner. Should missed lessons have to be made up, the teacher might make use of the Lesson Recovery Dates specified by the office. Unless a notice of absence is given to the teacher 24 hours before the lesson, the learner will forfeit the lesson. One term’s written notice is required. By not complying, the parent is liable for the fees for the term, as the teacher has assigned that time to the child.

Lessons are 30 minutes long, unless otherwise arranged.  Group classes are to accommodate no more than 4 students. Lessons take place Mon – Thu 07:00h – 16:30h, Fri 07:00h – 15:00h

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

External examinations
The examinations are done on a voluntary basis. Please discuss the need and wish of participation in an examination with the teacher before submitting the learner for an examination. In some cases skipping grades is an option. Please ask your teacher for all related information regarding costs (entrance fee, accompanying musician, materials etc.) related to the examinations well beforehand. Learners 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 for the parent’s own account.

DSK school orchestra
Learners taking lessons in an instrument are required form part of the school orchestra when they have reached the appropriate level.

Learners 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 office. We offer lessons in 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.) There is the possibility to rent an instrument from the GLMZ. You will find more information about the rental of instruments here.

Double bass
Modern dance
Dance Mouse
Sound production

Important downloads:

Information for parents and learners

Enrolment form

Rental of instruments