Music Academy

Harvey

Bronwyn Harvey

Head of Arts And Culture

I hail from Cape Town, but moved around quite a bit, starting my teaching career in 2002 at Kingswood College in Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, before returning to the Western Cape in 2015. I am committed to excellence in the Arts and believe in the holistic value of an arts education for every child. I have a background in music, specifically singing, theatre, and all things performance-related, and while teaching in those disciplines is at my core, I still enjoy performing given the chance, most recently at the Masque in Muizenberg in “The Murder of the Murder” of Roger Ackroyd. My vision for the Arts and Culture at Cannons Creek is for every child to find their joy through and in the Arts, and to leave the world a little better than how I found it.

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.

Levitt
Galen Davids

Galen Davids

Recorder, Flute and Saxophone

Galen was born into a musical family. Although none had pursued the career professionally, she was constantly surrounded by Music which ignited her passion. Having started Music lessons at the age of five, she continued throughout her schooling career. She graduated with BMus in 2021 and PGCE, specializing in Music in 2022. It is a passion of hers to assist and teach individuals who share a similar passion, to achieve their goals. She believes it is important to understand how to express oneself and be confident in one's abilities. Galen joined Cannons Creek in 2023.

 

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.

Angus Warden

Angus Warden began his music career at SACS and Beau Soleil, performing in many ensembles, winning a Timpani competition, selected to represent the South Africa Big Band (in Grahamstown in 2002), completed a BA in Psycholoy and Law and a BMus degree in Jazz Studies at UCT. A founding member of The Nomadik Orchestra, recording on a SAMA winning album "Ontwaak", by Arno Carstens, and sessioning for two decades, Angus now directs his own music studio offering teaching and production tuition in the Southern Suburbs. Angus is a composer, and a qualified Life Orientation teacher having completed his PGCE during lockdown, and is currently completing his MMus at Stellenbosch University.