10 top music schools in Cape Town

Music and vocal training for beginners to professionals

These  music schools in Cape Town offer relaxed tuition, plenty of rehearsal space and the opportunity to perform and network with like-minded musicians. Getting started could be as simple as buying a set of drum-sticks. Your tutor will take care of the rest.

School of Rock
This internationally recognised music school, which officially launched in Cape Town in May 2015, offers kids the chance to live out their biggest rock star dreams by offering a comprehensive range of music lessons to suit all ability levels. The institution differs from traditional music academies by focusing on a performance-based approach to instruction as it believes that “the stage is the greatest teacher”, and learners even get to rehearse as part of a band and take part in live shows. Students can learn how to play instruments like the guitar, drums, saxophone and keyboard and can also hone their vocal skills. The Claremont-based school offers various age-specific programmes that focus on building certain skills that are appropriate for that level. While the main courses are suitable for ages 6 to 18, even older folk can get their jam on with the Adult Performance Programme. Visit the school’s website or Facebook page for more information.
Suite 202 | Standard Bank Galleria | 120 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 671 9580

The Jazz Workshop
Established in 1965, this music school provides a wide variety of music lessons, as well as vocal training. Not only will your specific music needs be catered for, think everything from blues to ethnic beats, but you’ll also be taught by actively performing musicians. Top tip: the workshop is home to an in-house music store.
53 Buitengracht Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 4956

Cape Town Academy of Music
Founded by Avril Kinsey, the academy teaches the same syllabi as the Trinity College of Music in London. Ever wanted to get into musical theatre? Well here’s your chance, this is but one of the diverse subjects on offer at this institution—think cello playing to songwriting. And the best part? Musicians from both beginners to professionals are catered for.
49 Valentino Drive | Kirstenhof | +27 (0)21 782 8857

Dizzy Red Music
Dezi Ray’s versatile performances have taken her around the world. She’s sung at Cape Town’s ubiquitous jazz restaurant, The Green Dolphin, and dazzled audiences as far flung as  the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. She teaches privately and her range of subjects include: singing, microphone technique, styling and percussion. Notably, she counts Zolani Mohala from Freshlyground among her past students.
Cape Town | +27 (0)21 423 4637

Legacy School of Music and Vocal Tuition
Not just a learning institution, but also a space to mingle with prolific musos. On offer are part time lessons in piano, drums, vocals, guitar and bass. The Legacy School of Music not only follows a syllabus, but also helps to develop personal musicianship and band skills. There’s plenty of rehearsal space and, as an added bonus, students are given the opportunity to perform at a number of events.
3 Viola Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 556 5052

Strepitoso Music School
Composer Cornelis Jordaan oversees the Cape Town branch of Strepitoso Music School. He encourages students to experiment with their respective instruments, as he believes that real knowledge comes through experience. In this same line,  he arranges regular live performances for his students. The school offers violin and piano lessons, as well as music theory and orchestral musicianship training.
41 Panorama Drive | Stellenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 919 1421

Jamrock Music School
Rock and roll baby. This school has a special focus on rock-related genres, and some of the instruments you could learn to play include; guitar, drums, keyboard and bass—all taught by accomplished, local musicians. Expect an environment that is relaxed and creative.
Shop 57 | Brackenfell Shopping Centre | Brackenfell | +27 (0)21 981 1313

Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre
Expect high level tuition for wind and string orchestra students. Subjects can include, symphonic instruments, solo playing and chamber music. This advanced syllabus prepares young South Africans for the international stage.
Picton Street | Parow | +27 (0)21 939 9105

Urban Beat
The one-stop shop for tuition in drumming, bass and guitar. Fluent in various drumming styles, proprietor, Ian Black, offers affordable and practical drumming lessons. Beginners and more advanced musicians can develop new skills and techniques.
Bothasig | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 558 6258

Kindermusik with Leigh
Nurturing a mini virtuoso? Or just want to have some fun with the little ones? Kindermusik’s curriculum has a focus on songs and dance movements that  could help your child develop physically and emotionally, as well as to enhance their cognitive, language and social skills. This program involves children in singing, dancing, chanting and playing musical instruments.
Stella Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 615 5116

Guitar Lessons Cape Town
Martin Hunter is a professional musician, offering one-on-one lessons in acoustic and electric guitar at his studio. ‘Martin’s experience and relaxed concepts for teaching guitar make the learning experience fun, enjoyable but, most importantly, easy,’ commented one student.
Table View | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 556 8197

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