Tshwane School of Music


Music Education

The Tshwane School of Music offers subsidized contemporary music courses in various instruments, music theory, music business and music technology.

Instruments which are taught currently include:

  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drums
  • Alto saxophone
  • Tenor saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • There is also a weekly music theory class and ensemble class per student in order to prepare them for possible further undergraduate studies in the music field. Adult classes are offered in the early evenings in all of the above instruments. The school is also working with some of the local church bands where some of the church musicians come for lessons regarding the specific music they are working on in the church music groups.

    Training Courses

  • Circles of Courage: Creative processes for youth development A one week programme providing child and youth care workers with tools on how to use music and the arts in working with youth at risk.
  • TSOM is in the process of developing programmes and partnerships with other service providers to offer training courses in DJ’ing, music technology and music business.
  • Several Master Classes per year are offered in specific instruments and disciplines.
  • Music Performance

    The Tshwane School of Music focuses on creating live performance opportunities for the students through the medium of regular concerts at the music school. To encourage community participation regular jam sessions and open mic nights are held on Monday and Friday evenings at the school. Master classes are offered by professional musicians for the students and the general community on Saturdays at the music school.

    TSOM has a partnership with the Sheraton Pretoria hotel whereby the school manages the entertainment contract for the hotel, providing performers seven nights a week to the hotel. These performers are drawn from the students and community and the opportunity provides performance exposure as well as income for the performers. International, SA born jazz icon, Jonathan Butler is one of the patrons of the school and during his visits to SA, opportunities are created for the students to perform with and for him. TSOM’s student bands are invited on a regular basis to perform at local community events.

    Music & Arts Holiday Programmes

    TSOM operates 1 to 2 weeks holiday programmes for community children during the school holidays. This provides something for the community children to do during these periods, as well as teaches them various skills using music, dance, visual art and drama.

    Community Outreach / Community Music

    TSOM operates the following programmes to stimulate community participation in the arts, contribute to audience development and create access to quality live music experiences in our communities at an affordable cost to participants. These events serve to engage our community in what we are doing and market TSOM’s objective and programmes:

  • Bi monthly jam sessions (every second Monday night) for musicians from all over Tshwane;
  • 2 Workshops per quarter e.g. Stage craft & performance for vocalists, Writing Rap Music, Coordinating Music for Church Bands, Songwriting;
  • 1 Master Class per quarter e.g. Guitar Master Class, Vocal Master Class etc presented by well known performers in each field and visiting bands/artists to SA;
  • 1 concert per quarter featuring our own students as the opening act/s and a guest artist. 2014 concerts have included Moss & Jesse Mogale & band and Karendra Devroop; A minimal ticket price allows locals to enjoy quality music right on their doorstep;
  • End of term concerts featuring the TSOM student ensembles;
  • Life Skills Programme for TSOM students once a month covering topics such as leadership, self esteem, time management etc.;
  • Annual Mandela Day showcase and workday in partnership with Pretoria Sheraton Hotel
  • “TSOM Gives Back” programme at Christmas whereby TSOM students and staff collect canned goods and Christmas treats and spend the first part of our annual year end party day visiting needy families and delivering the hampers.
  • passion for music

    Our Testimonials

    Pretoria Sheraton hotel
    Pretoria Sheraton hotel
    TSOM has engaged a partnership with the Pretoria Sheraton hotel whereby the school manages the hotel’s daily entertainment, giving local ...

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    Jonathan Butler
    Jonathan ButlerWhen we had Jonathan Butler
    TSOM has successfully hosted Jonathan Butler in the community of Eersterust for a sold out performance at the local civic ...

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    Taking children to school
    Taking children to schoolTSOM
    The Tshwane School of Music, in its short history has managed to empower approximately 100 children through the school. Fourteen ...

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    The children’s band
    The children’s band
    The children’s band, Freeborn, consisting of children between 7 and 14 years old has performed on national stages including the ...

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