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Doctor Tessa Rhoodie

Tessa Rhoodie obtained her BMus, BMus (Hons) and MMus degrees at the University of Potchefstroom and DMus (Performance) degree at the University of Pretoria.

She received the following Performer’s Licentiates in Piano with distinction: Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music in London; Licentiate of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in London and a Performer’s Licentiate of the University of South Africa.

Between 1987 and 1992 she won the piano category of the ATKV Forte Competition and the Kuesta National Piano Competition. She received full scholarships from the FAK annually throughout her academic career. She was the recipient of the Nina Barry Unisa bursary for overseas study in 1992.

She received master classes from acclaimed pianists such as Stephen de Grootte, Abbey Simon, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Lazar Berman and Jan Wijn. She has performed as an accompanist for several National and International competitions since 1992 (International String Competitions at Unisa between 1992 – 2008, accompanied the 2nd prize winner, Sophia Jaffe, in 2002, and various other national competitions such as Philip Moore, Artscape, ATKV Muziq, Absa National Music Competition in PE from 1993 – 2004, Unisa Grade eight and Licenciate Bursary competitions). She has accompanied several international and local artists during concerts, namely Paul van der Merwe (Oboist), Werner Nel (Baritone), Piet Koornhof (Violinist) and Fanie Jooste (Bassoonist). She was head of the Music department at Pro Arte from 2002-2004.

She is on the panel of examiners for Unisa and part of the panel that compiled the 2016 Unisa piano syllabus. She received teacher’s recognition from Unisa and several National competitions for teaching the recipients of the Unisa grade eight bursary, P J Lemmer Performance Licentiate overseas bursary, Philip Moore 1st prize winners and Atterbury prize winners.

In 2000 she received an award for her book on Piano tuition from the National Arts Council. She has written several articles on piano technique for “The South African Music Teacher” and “Musicus”. She presented a workshop on aural training and piano technique in 2011 at the National St John’s College teacher training course and a lecture on aural training and the use of the Kodaly method at the University of Pretoria’s Enrichment course in 2017.

She presented lectures on Piano technique at the ISME congress in 2001 titled “Piano technique for the beginner”, at the University of Pretoria's enrichment course (2017) titled “Myths and truths about piano technique” and at the International Stellenbosch piano symposium (2018) titled “Facts and Fallacies of piano technique”. She adjudicates and chaired several national competitions since 2003 (Artscape, ATKV Musiq, ABSA National music competition and the Beethoven competition at UP).

She serves as external examiner for BMus, MMus and DMus students at University of Potchefstroom and Rhodes. She has peer reviewed several articles for Unisa and North-West University.
She currently teaches aural training, piano methodology, chamber music and piano performance at the Music Department of the University of Pretoria. 

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