Gisela Lange Music Centre
For more information and to enrol please contact Hans Huyssen: +27 (21) 480 3866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday: 13:30h – 16:30h
Tuesday: 13:00h – 15:30h
Wednesday: 13:30h – 17:00h
Thursday: 13:00h – 16:00h
In the past, Gisela Langa along with the Musica Mundi organisation organised many concerts which became popular within the German-speaking community in Cape Town. 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 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 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.
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 (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 “Vivo Music”.
Tel +27 (21) 712 5335 / 082 924 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 – Thursday between 07:00h – 16:30h and
Fridays between 07:00h – 15:00h.
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.
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.