German International School Cape Town

Music Centre

Gisela Lange Music Centre

Head of GLMZ Hans Huyssen:
phone: +27 (21) 480 3866 or

Consultation Hours
Room 12.04 – Tuesdays from 11:00h – 12:30h

GLMZ hours for tuition
Monday to Friday from end of school day 

GLMZ History

The music centre of the DSK carries the name of its founder Gisela Lange (1926 – 2006). In her function as the Federal Government Commissioner for Press and Culture, as well as in her private capacity, she was particularly committed to the cultivation of classical music in the Cape. In 1998, she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon for her work.
Her energy and vision inspired many people for classical music. She could be seen in the concert halls of Cape Town but above all in the Konrad Taeuber Hall of the DSK. Gisela Lange played a key role in the design and the financing of this hall, which was one of her major contributions to the school. The adjoining smaller choir hall is therefore also named after her.
As a patron of the arts, she initiated the Musica Mundi concert series. She founded the GLMZ and the Gisela Lange Music Fund to ensure the continued funding of the centre and thereby sustainably support the musical work at the DSK. According to her will, the resources of the GLMZ should be at the disposal of the school for its general educational work as well as for the individual support of particularly musically interested and gifted students. In 2018, composer, cellist and conductor Hans Huyssen took over the management of the GLMZ.

Purpose & Goals
In the mornings, the GLMZ is used for regular school music lessons. In the afternoons, music and dance extramural classes are held here as well as individual instrumental lessons.
About 20 teachers offer lessons for the following instruments: piano, guitar, flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, trompet, trombone, horn, the drums, violine, viola, cello and contrabass; also singing, musical theory, modern dance and ballet. If necessary, this offer can also be extended or appropriate lessons can be arranged elsewhere. Please talk to us if you have special requests or concerns.

Rooms & Facilities
The GLMZ offers three large and five small rooms on level 12. All rooms are airconditioned and house a piano. Two large classrooms each have an additional whiteboard, computer, projector and sound system. For group lessons, a we have a collection of various Orff instruments as well as string instruments available. A small library with various songbook collections, instrumental schools, various notes, reference books and CDs is also available.

The GLMZ is grateful for generous donations in the form of instruments and sheet music. Most recently, Lisa Schwarzenbek (former DSK teacher) gave her spinet and a large selection of valuable sheet music to the Center. Dalene Hösch donated a guitar and at the beginning of 2020 the Stinnes family donated a violin, a flute, a trumpet and a bassoon to the GLMZ. Many thanks for this!

Should you have unused instruments, sheet music, CDs or other teaching materials at home that could be put to a new use, please contact the GLMZ office.

More information

Enrolment forms can be submitted to the Gisela Lange Musikzentrum (GLMZ) office or at the school’s 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 teacher 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 contact the GLMZ office.

Parents are advised to enrol learners at the beginning of an academic year. Parents are also welcome to enrol their child 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 GLMZ recommends a fee of R 180 for a 30-minute lesson (cost is subject to change annually). 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 will provide the list of the required material timeously. The GLMZ does not order books for individual learners.
We recommend the company “Vivo Music”.
Tel +27 (0) 21 712 5335
Cell: +27 (0) 82 924 5573.

Contact with parents/progress monitoring
The teacher will 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 learners 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 extramurals from year to year, they might request to change their lesson time-slots to match. Unfortunately, the matching time-slots cannot be guaranteed. The GLMZ will try to accommodate as many learners as possible.
The attendance of lessons is the learner 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 there be a missed lesson/s, it will 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 arranged otherwise. Group classes cannot be more than 4 learners at a time. Lessons take place Monday to Friday from 12:30h
Music theory and aural training
Theory and aural training classes are not compulsory however, they are highly recommended, especially for learners who have only one lesson per week. By the time a learner is at an instrumental Grade II level, s/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 to 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, bass guitar, band, and vocal training; on the academic side, we prepare pupils for theory, harmony, history, form and aural training. (In addition, the learners can take part in the school orchestra and choir.) There is the possibility to rent an instrument from the GLMZ. Download the form below to find more information about the rental of instruments

Piano/ Keyboard
Cherry Olivier, Sigrid Chicken, Theresa Dwyer, Pieter van Zyl

Guitar / Bass guitar
Nick Turner, Maxim Starcke, Michal George

Singing / Voice training
Anthea Haupt, Antoinette Huyssen

Gabriele von Dürckheim

Clarinet & Recorder
Tina Bucek

Harlene Veotte, Maxim Starcke

Trumpet / Trombone
Brendan Kierman

Terryl Bell

Petrus Coetzee, Dorle Overbeck, Ivanka Ivanova

Petrus Coetzee

Hans Huyssen

Double Bass
Henrike Kovats

Hans Huyssen, Cherry Olivier

Instruments provided by school

Double bass


Modern dance
Dance Mouse

Sound production
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