Dear Reader
I would like to introduce you to an exciting new project called “Cool Classic Kidz”. Having taught music the past 20 years both in the WCED and privately I realized that there was a great need for our young music learners (primary school level) to be inspired and motivated. When starting out it is very exciting, but soon our young learners realize that it takes hard work, perseverance and diligent practice to master an instrument and really learn to play well. I needed something that could inspire the young learners as well as something to aspire to. It was very important that this is something attainable to ALL music learners irrespective of their level of playing.

Cool Classic Kidz is a radio program on FMR 101.3 on the last Saturday of every month at 13:45. In this program our young musicians from the Western Cape are featured performing a musical piece on their chosen instrument, as well as a very short interview.

The aim of this project is:

1. To give exposure to our talented young musicians

2. To give them something tangible to work for

3. To grow a sustainable audience for future musicians and ultimately create a sustainable market for our own professional performing classical musicians.

I am a firm believer that South Africa and the Western Cape have just as much talent as Europe, America or any other country. It is sad that our professional musicians feel the need to go oversees to “make it”.  We have proven in so many other spheres that South Africa can hold its own in the world. It is now time to grow our own markets and give exposure to our own musicians.

Ask any primary school learner who is Andre Rieu – and they will know. There is no reason we cannot have our own “stars” in South Africa and this project is just the humble start.

I hope you will share my passion and vision and play your part in supporting this project either through sponsorship, marketing or media. You can contact me at or on 0722930954. I am looking forward to your contribution to this exciting project.

The Cool Classic Kidz CD

Music@Work has compiled a CD with radio programs from February to October 2010.  The CD has been reviewed by Rodney Trudgeon Program Manager at Fine Music Radio.  Our 2011 CD will be out at the end of January 2012.

Rodney Trudgeon:

“I wonder if you’ve heard the delightful and inspiring short programme on the last Saturday of each month at 13H45 on Fine Music Radio called “Cool Classic Kidz“?  If not, I thoroughly recommend it to you.  It is a programme which showcases the burgeoning talent of our very young, school-going music children and it is the brain child of Laurika Steenkamp of an organization called Music@Work.  This is a studio which records these youngsters in a fully professional manner, thereby giving them an opportunity of getting studio experience and exposure on FMR.

 When Laurika came to FMR with the idea of a fifteen minute showcase of young talent, we loved the idea and her incredible enthusiasm, which has ensured that for a year now, a whole lot of talented children have been able to hear themselves on the radio!  They may not have had the thrill of winning a major competition, but at least their efforts are rewarded with some form of exposure.  And not only that, the indefatigable Laurika makes sure that all the parents, teachers and pupils at the various schools from which these kids come, are at their radios on Saturday afternoon to listen.  This, as you can imagine, gives FMR the opportunity of building an even bigger and younger audience.

Laurika has now issued a 2 CD set of all the programmes from 2010 and it is a delight to listen to!  Each 15 minute programme has Laurika introducing the children and their recordings and, occasionally, interviewing them.  We at FMR are thrilled with the project which we hope will grow from strength to strength.  This 2 CD set is tangible evidence of the love, enthusiasm and talent for music which exists in our schools.”

The CD can be downloaded at: and

Review by Rodney Trudgeon FMR101.3

Cool Classic Kidz the SHOW

We have taken Cool Classic Kidz a step further by introducing a 40 min show which had their first performance at the Greyton/Genadendal Classic for All festival in June 2011. This show will now be featured at the Suidoosterfees in February 2012 at Artscape. The show tells the story of 8 Primary School friends who arranges a benefit concert to assist one of their class-mates during difficult financial times.  Children from 9 different schools in the Western Cape participate in this unforgettable inspiring production.  Our two Cool Classic Kidz ambassadors Milan and Lilo also entertains the audience with their quirky remarks.  A show not to be missed!

If you would like to book this show please contact Laurika at 0722930954.

Cool Classic Kidz is sponsored by:




Cape Times
28 Feb 2014

From February (every last Saturday of the month at 13:30) Cool Classic Kidz on Fine Music Radio will be 10 minutes longer! In the last ten minutes of the show, we will be discussing topics LIVE with the public phoning in to also contribute to the program. We will thus be interactive of Radio, Facebook and Twitter! In our fist program we will be discussing the relationship BETWEEN SPORT AND MUSIC at schools in the Western Cape. Have your phones ready! Number in studio to call is Tel: +27 21 401 1013 15 February at 13:30!!!!!!




Dear Violin and Cello Teachers

The South African Suzuki Association (SASA) would like to cordially invite you to our Suzuki Cello and Violin Open Day, presented during the Suzuki Teacher Training Course in December.  During the presentation the internationally renowned Suzuki Cello teacher and trainer, Ruben Rivera, will give a brief talk on the Suzuki Training, following with a light lunch.  Group lessons will be conducted in the afternoon which will be open to observation should you be interested.

Date: Tuesday 11 December at 12.45

Time: 12.45-14.00

Venue: Camps Bay High School, Lower Kloof RD, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Group lessons will take place 14.00-17.00. Observation is optional.

A complimentary light lunch will be provided.

Suzuki teaching and reading material will be for sale at this event.

RSVP by 3 December 2012 at, or 071 364 5509

Kind regards

Maria Meyer

SASA Committee: Cello Teacher Training

Beste Cool Classic Kidz kinders, ouers en besighede

Huisgenoot het ‘n projek genaamd “Ubuntu Maak ‘n Droom Waar”.  Hierdie is jul kans om ander se drome te bewaarheid.

Die God’s Property groep in De Doorns soek musiekinstrumente.  Hulle benodig: 4 mikrofone, dromstel en klavierbord.  Die organisasie poog om die jeug van die srtate af te hou deur hul musiek te leer.  Kom ons wys hul dat Cool Classic Kidz omgee!  Huisgenoot sal ‘n berig daaroor doen!

Kontak asb vir Elisma Roets by 021 406 4599 of vir meer inligting.

Die organisasie poog om jeug van die strate af te hou deur hulle Gospel musiek te leer.



Saturday, 3rd November 2012


14:00 – 16:00


West Coast Music Academy – Vredenburg


Cnr Main and Waterkant Street, Sanlam Centre

(close to side entrance of new Shoprite (previously Checkers).

(see below for directions)



Entrance is free – everyone is welcome!


Please RSVP to Jenny Seager – or 082 706 8066 by Thursday 1st November.



This promises to be a very informative couple of hours and will be well worth attending!


James Smale (Rock & Pop examiner) will be using students to showcase what Rock & Pop have to offer and to demonstrate an examiner’s insight into the performances as well as focusing specifically on the weak areas in the exams.


James Smale’s CV is attached for your information.


(This is the only Rock & Pop Workshop taking place this session).


I would like to say a very sincere thank you to Carina Brown and her staff at the West Coast Music Academy, for hosting and assisting with the organisation of this workshop.


Kind regards



Jenny Seager Trinity Cape Town Representative
Trinity College London T/F 021 976 0830
PO Box 5565 M 082 706 8066
Tygervalley 7536
Trinity College London – incorporating Trinity Guildhall –
providing assessments and qualifications worldwide since 1877



Directions to West Coast Music Academy, Vredenburg, premises.


If you enter Vredenburg from Langebaan / Saldanha side, you will get a 4-way Stop (with robots) at the West Coast Mall. Proceed ahead. At the next 4 way Stop (with Robots), turn to the LEFT.


Voortrekker Road.  Takes a slight bend to the right at 3-way stop.  Take slight right road – past Budget Car Hire on Right.


Cross Pleinstraat at next robot.


Turn right at Robots at Agrimark.


Right at Wimpy – music school on left – there is a little sign – West Coast Music Academy.



On Sunday 28th October 2012 in the Fontainbleau Gemeenskapkerk, the Johannesburg Suzuki region put on its first end-of-year Suzuki concert.   The theme was “A magic Suzuki Ride” – an audio-visual presentation, conceived and narrated by Anne Naylor.

Two girls set out on a Magic Suzuki Ride round a Fair Ground as an alternative to

their daily practise routine.   What do they find?   Apart from Aunt Rhody ministering to a gluttonous little girl and other traditional Suzuki fare, they found some Disney favourites from Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music; a traditional Israeli song called Zum Gali Gali that was beautiful and beguilingly simple and Handel’s Water music, evocatively played in a church in traditional 18th century costume.

The costumes were an absolute treat.   They ranged from “little white angels on a cloud” [that was the Pre-Twinkles]; twelve witches wearing witches hats, ready for  Halloween and the bright jolly clothing of  those keen to go on a trip with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the four-fendered friendly old car lovingly restored.

Well done to all the teachers and those who came from Pretoria – it was indeed a magical concert.


 Violin Workshop 2012

On the weekend of 15 and 16 September we all came together at Simon Bekker Primary School for our violin workshop. Excitement was running high while the children started to arrive. Children from Atteridgeville, Pretoria and Potchefstroom attend the event.

Visiting and helping us out with our camp, was Stieneke Voorhoeve, all the way from The Hague, Holland. She taught gypsy music and accompanied the Suzuki repertoire. Teachers who also helped out were Andrea Kreuiter, Anne Naylor, Betsie Meyer, Charles Mostert, Dirkie Nell and Joy Meyer. Without their hard work and dedication, this camp will not have been possible.

The children attended different sessions, from gypsy music, to drama sessions and of course, Suzuki sessions. During the sessions they worked hard for the concert on Sunday, where they showcased all their hard work of the weekend.

The concert kicked off with the SJO:  the Suzuki Junior Orchestra performing Pachelbel’s Canon and La Cucaracha followed by drama and singing accompanied by Suzuki pieces, such as Twinkle, Hunters Chorus and The Two Grenadiers. The Suzuki all time favourite, the Vivaldi A minor Concerto, was also played. Our ensemble pieces were South African and Swedish folk songs. We ended on a high note with the gypsy pieces. What a great concert!

Thanks to everyone who worked hard to ensure the success of this camp. This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn and make new friends.


Madeleine Wikner
+27 12  667 1810

ESA Country Director
Andrea Kreuiter
+27 79 516 5659

Committee Members

Arja Kreuiter

Lucia Seleka

Correspondent & Membership Administrator
Joanna Swart

Course Organiser
Anne Naylor

Concert Co-ordinator
Lucia Seleka

Fundraising & Advertising
Maria Meyer

Debbie Betz

Lourraine Eayrs

Teacher Training for Violin

Christophe Bossuat
Karen-Michele Kimmett
Martin Rüttimann


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