At Midstream Ridge Primary it is important that culture, academics and sport receive equal space, time and recognition within the school setting.

Our learners are exposed to a wide spectrum of cultural activities and through this exposure, a love for the arts, determination, self-discipline and a balanced personality is learned.

We strive that every learner will reach his/her full potential in their respective cultural pursuits.

In addition to its intrinsic values, culture provides important social benefits to our learners. With improved learning opportunities and health, increased tolerance and opportunities to come together with others, culture enables us to enhance our quality of life and to increase overall well-being.

The main objectives of our cultural programme is to develop the various talents of our students. We strive to provide a platform for budding artists and musicians, to grow team spirit and to account for overall personality development of our students.

In addition to our school programme, we also have a music department with highly qualified musicians proficient in a variety of instruments.

Music Centre

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  • Piano & Music Theory

    Baberet Botha
    baberetb@midstreamridgeprimary.co.za

  • Recorder & Flute

    Anna-Maria Vermeulen
    fluitis@gmail.com

    Anna-Maria Vermeulen holds a Master’s of Music degree from the University of Pretoria and a Performer’s Licentiate from UNISA. She is the principal flutist of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. She teaches music at two private schools, at her private studio and she is the flute and flute methodology lecturer at the University of Pretoria.

  • Percussion, Theory, Conductor

    Jean-Pierre de Villiers
    drummerboyjp@gmail.com

    JP de Villiers holds a Bmus degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Pretoria. As a freelance musician, JP scores music for various prestigious institutions such as Netflix, Short film festivals and Mauritz Lotz Productions.

  • Piano

    Lize Els
    lize@musicalmatters.co.za

    I am following my passion to share and teach the miracle of music, after working as an investment advisor for many years. I believe in the importance of music development and education and at the same time instilling a love for music. I want to inspire my piano learners to never stop playing! “Music lessons should not be a burden but a recreation: the source of joy and cheer”- Kodaly

  • Cello

    Natalie Bentley
    nataliebentley@vodamail.co.za

    Natalie started cello at the age of 10 and has been playing for about 33 years. She attended Pro Arte Alphen Park High School, where she majored in music. Natalie has played in several orchestras and ensembles including: TUKKIES (University of Pretoria) Orchestra, The South African National Youth Orchestra, Northern Transvaal Youth Orchestra, Simfonia Juventi (TED Orchestra), JHB WA Mozart Orchestra as well as the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra where she is currently a member. She has performed with several South African Artists, including Nianell and Richard van der Westhuizen. Natalie is a qualified Suzuki Cello Teacher, her Suzuki training which she receives from her Teacher Trainer in Lyon, France is ongoing. She loves teaching from the 4year-olds to the amazing brave adults who bring her much joy. “Music exists for the purpose of growing an admirable heart.” – S. Suzuki

  • Guitar

    Jonathan Moolman
    jonathanlmoolman@gmail.com

  • Piano

    Misha Melck
    misha.melck@gmail.com

  • Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder & Flute

    Anthony Cloete
    antscloete.music@gmail.com

  • Vocals

    Anette Botes
    anetteb@midstreamridgeprimary.co.za

    National Diploma in Light Music (vocal) National diploma in Contemporary Music (vocal and piano) Licentiate in Music Education BA MUS (piano) Honours Degree in Psychology

  • Percussion

    Craig Wilson
    craigwilson44@hotmail.com

    Craig Wilson obtained a Diploma in music from TOM Arts College. Teaching music was a hobby that eventually ended up being a fantastic career path.

  • Violin

    Carin Janse van Vuuren
    carinvv.elska@gmail.com

    Studied Bmus (2009-2012) and Mmus (2013-2015) majoring in performance (Cum laude) at the University of Pretoria and completed the Royal Schools of Music Diploma (performance) in 2013. During this time, she studied with renowned violinist and performer Zanta Hofmeyr. Last year (2021) she completed her PGCE (higher education diploma) with distinction at Rhodes University. Since 2013 she taught violin and ensemble at Pro Arte Alphen Park, Hoërskool Waterkloof, Hoërskool Overkruin and Southdowns College. She’s been teaching at Midridge Primary for the past 7 years and is currently employed at the University of Pretoria. She lives out her passion in music while teaching and performing with the Gauteng and the Johannesburg Philharmonic orchestras.

    “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Anderson

  • Violin

    Tesmarie Kachelhoffel
    tesmariejansenvanvuuren@gmail.com

    Tesmarie Kachelhoffer completed her BMus degree and is a MMus student at the University of Pretoria. She started violin lessons at the age of 6. Passed UNISA + ABRSM grade 8 with distinction and winner of Category F (19-25 years) in 2018 at the Philip H Moore music competition.

    “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” - Philippians 4:13

  • Guitar

    Gerrit Roos
    gerritroos@gmail.com

    Gerrit Roos received his MMus in guitar performance in 2010 at the University of Pretoria. He also attained his teacher's licenciate through Unisa in 2006. He has received master classes from guitarists from all over the world. He has recorded three albums with his duo partner Jonathan Moolman and often performs at concerts and functions.

  • Piano

    Elize van Dorsten
    elize.vandorsten@gmail.com

    BMus Honours and HED (cum laude). I was the former HOD of Music Grade 8 - 12 at Sir Pierre van Ryneveld High School in Kempton Park, as well as a Grade 12 Provincial Moderator and a National Marker for the GDE. I have forty two years of teaching experience in piano, treble recorder, piano accompaniment and entries for Board exams locally and abroad. "Music is the shorthand of emotion" - Leo Tolstoy.

  • Guitar

    Theuns van Niekerk
    thns.pretorius@gmail.com

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