Music Academy

Annemarie Hedenskog

Annemarie Hedenskog

Head Of Arts And Culture

Annemarie studied at Stellenbosch university where she obtained a bachelor of music (education) and performers licentiate in organ. She has taught piano, recorder, class music and subject music at primary and high school level. In addition to her students achieving outstanding results, Annemarie has also established and managed music departments in both independent as well as public schools in the latter part of her career. She loves teaching choirs and bands and is an experienced musical director. Annemarie joined Cannons Creek as head of arts and culture in 2014, and is based in the high school where she teaches piano, subject music and ensembles.

Gail Levitt

Gail teaches class music, piano, recorder in the junior school. She is also responsible for the junior choir and ORFF ensemble. Gail graduated from the University of The Western Cape with a bachelor of arts majoring in music and psychology. She completed a higher diploma in education at UWC and the advanced certificate in education (arts & culture) at Stellenbosch University. a multi-talented instrumentalist who plays the organ, piano, saxophone and violin, she also sings in the new apostolic church choir. Gail is passionate about music education, in particular, the ORFF Schulwerk and has taught instrumental and class music. She loves to work with children, who keep her grounded. Gail is a member of the Orff Schulwerk society of South Africa and has travelled locally and abroad to train in this holistic approach to music education.

Gail Levitt
Carla

Carla van Wyk

Violin

Carla van Wyk was born into a musical family, starting her musical training at four years of age. She later received her BMus through Wits University, where she specialised in individual teaching and performance. Carla teaches violin and viola, as well as piano. She loves the challenge of breaking new ground and is constantly on the lookout for new methods and learning that can encourage healing through music and movement, whilst keeping music fun and enjoyable. She is also trying her hand at making her own viola d’amore, which she hopes to finish in her lifetime. Carla joined Cannons Creek in 2015.

Louisa Theart

Flute and Saxophone

Louisa graduated in 2010 with a BMus Honours degree in flute performance from uct. In July 2012 she obtained a m music in flute performance from the Royal College of music in London. During this time she received an Oppenheimer music trust scholarship to study with world-renowned flute pedagogue Trevor Wye, in England. Louisa says: “I genuinely enjoy getting to know my students as individuals and learning what it is that draws them to music. It gives me great joy to see my students succeeding where they may have doubted their abilities or been a little reluctant to prepare in the past. I believe that music education is about much more than learning the skills involved in music making and I aim to convey to my students that discipline, patience, determination and self-expression are just some of the important life skills they can learn through music as a medium.” She joined Cannons Creek in 2017.

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Vincent

Vincent Varrie

Guitar

Vincent Varrie graduated from Stellenbosch University with the advanced diploma in classical guitar performance and is currently busy with his BMusic honours specialising in advanced guitar teaching method. Vincent started music lessons in high school and always had a passion for the guitar. He comes from a family of teachers and naturally followed in their footsteps. Vincent attended Simcha Academy for a few months and thereafter he spent two years in the certificate programme at Stellenbosch University, where he won the karen maritz trophy for the most promising student. Vincent teaches classical guitar to primary and high school pupils at Cannons Creek. Vincent Varrie joined Cannons Creek in 2019.

Judith Stiller

Judith stiller joined the Cannons Creek music academy in august 2021. She grew up in KwaZulu-Natal, but went to study at UFS in Bloemfontein to obtain a BA Mus and her B Mus(ed) degree. She worked in the music field for many years, being a member of the SAPD band, and teaching at a couple of schools. Her last position was at Treverton College and prep, where she taught for many years. There she taught piano, recorder, entry level guitar, class music, and was in charge of the marimba band, bell choir and the school choir at prep and college level. She also assisted the drama department with the musical side of stage productions. Judith says that the real joy of music teaching is to reach the heart of the child, and to build confidence, and to foster a lifelong love of music.

Judith
Lia Hall

Lia Hall

Lia graduated from the University of Cape Town with her Bachelor of Music in classical singing in 2018, and her Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2019. She has been teaching singing, beginners piano, and class music at various schools since graduating and loves her work. Lia started taking singing lessons at the age of 8 due to her love of musical theatre songs, she knew since then that she wanted to become a professional singer. Throughout her school journey, she was lucky to be educated by very passionate music teachers and was inspired to be able to do for other young musicians what they did for her. Lia enjoys the challenge of teaching and is always finding new ways to explain techniques to her students so that they can musically express themselves through the art of song.

Devin Jones

Devin Jones, a South African drummer, was surrounded by music from an early age and began playing the drums around the time he was 10 years old. He started his career at Beau Soleil Music School under the guidance of percussionist and vibraphonist, Frank Mallows where he completed his Trinity College of London Grade 8 for Drum-set and Grade 8 for Percussion. He excelled in the college bands, in several school bands and had the experience of a lifetime to play in front of President Nelson Mandela. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance on the Drum-set and is currently studying towards his post-graduate certificate in education. As an educator, Devin has been teaching for the last 16 years at many of Cape Town’s well-known schools. In his professional life Devin is currently the drummer for Jeremy Loops.

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