AT OUR STORES
Want to take music lessons? Our in-store music teachers offer lessons in a range of musical instruments at several of our stores.
Click on the branch name below to see their resident teachers and give one of them a call today!
Giuseppe Contaldi - Guitar Teacher
Giuseppe is the latest edition to the Gryphon Music Academy team, and teaches at the Plumstead store from Monday to Friday.
Giuseppe was inspired to begin playing electric guitar after attending the Music Festival "Sonisphere" in June, 2011 and seeing some of his favorite bands perform live. Acts such as Metallica, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, Motorhead and Slipknot.
After a 6-year journey studying electric guitar at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts) and covering many different styles and shifts in musical interest, including blues, funk, rock, heavy metal, soul, jazz-fusion he graduated with a Bmus Hons degree in Contemporary Guitar performance from the University of Chichester in the UK.
Eileen Butler Pilot - Vocal Coach
Private online vocal classes during lockdown
If you have access to Skype, Hangout, Facetime, Zoom, Messenger or WhatsApp you can do singing lessons from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you. Each lesson is a 45 minute one- on- one class that includes vocal exercises to strengthen and increase your range, as well as giving you the opportunity to rehearse songs with the guidance of someone who has been active in all areas of the music industry. I have devised a method that makes it possible to overcome the sound delay so you don’t have to neglect your talent in this uncertain time. We all need to stay safe – and the ideal way to improve your vocal ability in time for the end of this awful pandemic is to continue (or start) to look after your voice and I can help you! For more information, call me on 083-454-3154 to discuss any queries regarding the lessons.
Before she started teaching, Eileen was actively involved in singing with big bands in Cape Town. It was during this time that she co-wrote a song which was entered into and accepted for the Chilean Song Festival held in Vina Del Mar Chile. She performed the song to 35,000 people in the Quinta Vergara Gardens.
In her teaching capacity, Eileen studied the methods of Seth Riggs, Anne Peckham, Roger Love and Melissa Cross, (who specialises in the art of “screaming” without damaging vocal cords) as well as the amazing Kim Chandler.
In 2002 she was appointed as the vocal coach for the first series of Coca Cola Pop Stars and trained all the singers who progressed to the final rounds. Eileen also worked with the group that won the first series,” 101” in the recording studio when they recorded their first album.
Apart from the vocal strengthening and flexibility exercises, Eileen teaches group harmony and performance classes that make up her hour-long lessons.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Warwick Levey - Guitar & Bass Teacher
Warwick Levey started The Gryphon Music Academy in 2007. He has worked as a professional musician since 2004
Lessons are tailored specifically to each student. Regardless of style or level of proficiency a syllabus will be written with your goals in mind. If you're looking to play acoustic pop songs, blues, a few songs around the camp fire or learn to shred, you'll find what you're looking for at the Gryphon Music Academy.
If you want to learn Led Zepplin, you'll learn Led Zepplin. If you want to learn Taylor Swift, you'll learn Taylor Swift. If you want to learn Justin Beiber, you'll learn Led Zepplin
Warwick's Motto is "Turning players into musicians". "At the Gryphon Music Academy we believe in teaching players of all levels to not just play the instrument, but to think about the entire scope of the instrument in the context of music. Besides learning the practical side of playing, you will also learn music theory, song writing and instrument maintenance." - Warwick
Trevor Fischer - Keyboard & Piano Teacher
Trevor says: "It's a time filled with anticipation and excitement as you or your child prepares to become acquainted with music terms, developing new skills, and to achieve goals.
'Flexibility' will continue to be my goal, in assisting you in achieving the best, as I will always be part of 'creating stars for the future'. We all have an important role to play in this progress. Looking forward to ensuring that this will be an exciting, fulfilling, and rewarding year as you start this journey to become a successful musician…"
Shop PO 01, Stadium on Main, Corner Central & Hawthorne Road, Claremont
GPS: -33.979239,18.466151 | Tel: +27 (0)21 674-4030
Brendon Alexander - Drum Teacher
His dedication to the art of teaching the drums has allowed his students to follow a natural yet creative path with regards to either pursuing the drumset as a hobby or playing in a band.
The fundamentals of drumming are taught at a practical and methodical pace allowing the student to adapt and learn according to their specific needs and individual ability.
Students are assessed and given relevant feedback on a regular basis and encouraged to adhere to a strict practice routine enabling them to progress as a musician behind the drumkit. Commitment is essential therefore students are also expected to attend their lessons on a monthly basis at least once/week. Students are assessed from the age of five upwards and lessons are given Mon through to Fri afternoons in store.
082 409 4690
Shop 16, Checkers Centre, c/o Main & Gordons Street, Somerset West
GPS: -34.086449 +E 18.853478| Tel: +27 (0)21 852-2030
Do Re Me Music School
Proudly associated with Paul Bothner Music, the Do Re Me Music School, was founded in 1984. Run by Duncan Combe, their studios are situated close to the Somerset West Branch. Individual lessons are offered on Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Sax and Clarinet.
Shop 71, N1 Value Centre, Goodwood
GPS: -33.8917439 +18.555506 | Tel: +27 (0)21 595-2444
Our N1 City branch hosts teachers from the Urban Beat music school who offer lessons for drums, guitar, bass, and piano or keyboards.
Devon de Swardt – Guitars, bass
Natalie Robinson – Keyboards and piano
David Miles – Drums (Saturdays)
Shop 1 and 2, De Watergracht West Building, 3 Merriman Avenue, Stellenbosch
GPS: -34.023111 + 18.466923 | Tel: +27 (0)21 883-2301
Notes Music School
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Mark Ellis - Bass teacher
Mark Ellis started his studies in music at the age of 13, when he first learned to play the guitar. Seven years later he decided to pick up the bass guitar and it stuck.
Since he started playing bass he has been the bassist for numerous groups such as Slagyster and brother & brother. Currently, he is the bassist for the young folks as well as Riku Latti.
This diverse set of groups introduced him to different genres which further fueled his passion for playing the bass guitar.
Mark describes the bass guitar as an instrument which opened up other dimensions of music to him and he wishes to introduce this to every aspiring bass player.
Jean Jacques Marais - Drum Teacher
Jean Jacques Marais first started his musical career at the age of 12, when he co-founded his first band, Fudge. Shortly after his first steps onto the stage he replaced another drummer to become drummer for a second band as well.
Over the following few years he regularly performed, and recorded three albums with the two groups Fudge and Antipathy, while using the exposure to get to grips with his chosen instrument. He played a number of big festivals such as Grahamstown Arts and Music Festival 2004, Woodstock 2004 and Ramfest 2008 and 2013 to name a few.
Jean recorded two albums with recognized and independent musician, Riaan Nieuwenhuis (former Delta Blue keyboardist) and he also recently started with free lance work for both Kevin Kieswetter, who use to play for internationally recognized band, Dorp, and Riku Lätti, who needs no introduction in Afrikaans music circles.
Rory Skinner - Guitar Teacher
Rory Skinner is a renowned guitarist within the SA music industry, starting at the age of 15, he now plays for two great performing bands; Titan guitar duo, a unique blend of flamenco and electric guitar, and Nebula Disrupt, an extreme metal band. Rory received his bachelors degree in music and music technology in 2012, as well as having grade 8 in classical guitar and grade 8 Rockschool.
.-34.086449 +E 18.853478
Shop 3 Jean Village Shopping Centre, Corner Jean Avenue & Gerhard Street, Centurion
GPS: -25.845833,+28.1925 | Tel: (+26) 12-644-9200
Vaughan Hamilton - Piano teacher
Vaughan teaches piano through the Trinity, Royal school and Unisa programmes from Grade 1 to Grade 8 and above. He also teaches beginners of all ages from the "Alfred's" basic piano courses.
The lessons usually happen on a weekly basis and last for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the circumstances. He also teaches harmony, theory, and composition.