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FAQ and Info

What makes teaching piano in a digital lab different from individual lessons?

  • It is cheaper!
  • It is more fun!
  • There is less pressure!
  • You can play with back tracks!

What type of pupil benefits by this method?

  • The inquisitive learner;
  • The learner who loves a challenge;
  • Pupils who already take lessons on another instrument, but who need the theoretical background the piano provides;
  • Gifted pupils from poorer backgrounds who can apply for scholarships, as D-Piano lab is a NPO.

At what age should pupils attend this course?

  • The ideal age would be grade 3 (9 year olds), but any age group - even adults - will benefit

Why the motto “empowering kids through music”?

  • Although piano is taught in the course, the benefit of the sense of achievement, the increase in concentration and self-confidence exceeds the mere obvious outcomes.

The team

[Image: Alet de Vos]

Alet(ta) de Vos
Co-ordinator

Aletta de Vos retired as master teacher after more than 20 years of working in Arts and Culture for the WCED. She was head of the Music Department at Stellenbosch High and also facilitated Stellenbosch University's ACE and B Ed programmes. Presently, she acts as adjudicator for competitions and eisteddfods, and as consultant for music departments in schools.

[Image: Steve Coetzer]

Steve Coetzer
Teacher

Steve is a full-time teacher at one of the local schools. He is qualified in music technology and finds teaching in the piano laboratory stimulating and inspiring. For his M Mus-degree he completed a thesis on the social impact of group piano teaching.

[Image: Kevin Topkin]

Kevin Topkin
Intern

Kevin is a final year B Mus-student at Stellenbosch University. He has worked in various community music programmes and also performed as piano soloist in several concerts.


Office bearers: Ms A de Vos, mr Nolan Pool, ms Cecile Windvogel, ms Virginia Boraine, ms Patricia Rhode and mr Joseph Kastoor.

  • Paul Bothner Music
  • ABRSM
  • NAC SA
  • Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
  • Rupert Musiekstigting
  • Stellenbosch High School