Tessa Rhoodie obtains the BMus, BMus Hons and MMus degrees at the University of Potchefstroom and DMus(Performance) degree at the University of Pretoria.
She receives 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 (UNISA). Between 1987 and 1992 she wins the piano category of several National competitions, such as the ATKV Forte competition. She annually receives full scholarships from the FAK throughout her academic career and wins the Nina Barry UNISA bursary for overseas study. In 2000 she received an award for her book on Piano tuition from the National Arts Council. She wrote several articles on piano technique for “The South African music teacher” and “Musicus”.
She adjudicates and chaired several national competitions since 2003 (Artscape, Musiq). She performs as official accompanist for several National and International competitions since 1992. She was head of the Music department at Pro Arte from 2002-2004. She is on the panel of examiners for Unisa. She is part of a panel of 5 compiling the 2014 piano syllabus for Unisa. She receives master classes from acclaimed pianists such as Stephen de Grootte, Abbey Simon, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Lazar Berman and Jan Wijn. She receives teacher’s recognitions from Unisa for teaching the winner of the P J Lemmer Performance Licentiate overseas study bursary in 2011.
Currently she is a piano lecturer at the University of Pretoria where she teaches piano, piano methodology, ensemble and aural training. She is furthermore involved in the supervision of post graduate students.