Jean-Pierre Calitz
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Jean-Pierre Calitz

Jean-Pierre C.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have many years experience teaching all levels of Music Theory.

About Jean-Pierre C.

Dedicated to music as an art form that elevates the lives of all who experience it; that embraces and transcends the entire range of human emotion, expression and community that is vital to the cultural enrichment of society
Jean-Pierre is a South African born award-winning pianist and teacher. An active soloist, collaborator, chamber musician, recording artist, repetiteur, pedagogue and researcher, he holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Western Michigan University in the United States. Jean-Pierre consequently graduated with a professional doctorate in piano performance from “Université de Montréal”. He was awarded Performers and Teachers Licentiate diplomas from UNISA as well as the performer's certificate from Trinity College in London, all with distinction. He has appeared for concerts in Africa, North America and Europe.

His most prominent musical mentors include Nettie Immelman, Ella Fourie, Albie van Schalkwyk, Silvia Roederer, Lori Sims and Paul Stewart. He has performed extensively in master classes, most notably for Niel Immelman (UK), Andrea Bonnata (Italy), Frank Glazer (a student of Artur Schnabel) and Andre Watts (USA).

His accolades include the Gertrude Buchanan Prize and Prize for best rendition of Liszt (UNISA), SAMRO Undergraduate study scholarships, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Awards, Gold medals at National Solo and Ensemble competitions, a Wendy Ackerman Foundation Award, Bay View Music Festival Collaborative Piano Fellowships and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Fellowship.

In addition to his independent career, he has held positions at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, North West University and St John's College.

Jean-Pierre is a passionate and dedicated teacher, highly in demand. After intensive study and practical training in piano pedagogy throughout his student years and beyond, he has spent much of his career on the establishment, development and nurturing of young musicians at various levels from beginner to advanced pupils. His students are presented at various Eisteddfodau and National Music competitions, many awarded trophies and gold medals. He has entered hundreds of students into practical and music theory examinations by external examination boards (ABRSM, Trinity, RCM etc) many with distinction results. Jean-Pierre is designated as a "Registered Music Teacher" by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers.


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Jean-Pierre is a phenomenal piano teacher who really has a true passion for music. He is endlessly patient and persistent - If you want to learn something, he’ll find a way to teach it to you. It's rare to find such a skilled music teacher who can adapt from teaching the smallest fundamental details to the highest philosophical aspects of music. With Jean-Pierre, you are no longer just learning and playing the pieces, you are fully experiencing the music. My lessons with him, and his great sense of humour, were always a highlight. I cannot recommend him enough.

Posted Sep 23, 2019
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the Impact that Dr C. has had on me as both a musician and a person has been immeasurable. His patience and kindness coupled with his incredible skill have made him an incredible teacher and wonderful person to play alongside whenever he has accompanied me. His drive and desire to always better my playing have made him incredible to learn from and his calming presence has meant that performances with him have always been a pleasure. His personal and caring nature has also made him a wonderful mentor as well as a teacher and he has instilled both confidence within me whenever I play and above all, a deep love for the music that I am playing. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be half the musician I am today if not for Dr C. incredible input!

Posted Sep 23, 2019
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Jean-Pierre is truly a unique teacher. His highly personal, practical approach to the teaching of music makes the process of learning both enjoyable and fascinating. His passion for music is evident in his teaching, prioritizing the talents and interests of his students rather than imposing a conventional, one-dimensional syllabus. His skills as a pianist are unparalleled, and my experience playing the cello together with Jean-Pierre (as my accompanist) have been beneficial to my own sound and personality as a musician. Furthermore, as I myself have learnt to play an instrument largely through the use of Skype lessons, I can say with utmost confidence that working with Jean-Pierre through an online medium will both be a worthwhile and enriching experience. Jean-Pierre is by no means a traditional music teacher; rather he is a dedicated and passionate embodiment of what modern music teaching should be!

Posted Sep 23, 2019
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Jean-Pierre has taught my son piano for 7 years from the age of 7. With his encouragement and skilled teaching, my son participated in many eisteddfods, achieving numerous Diplomas and winning several trophies, making it through to the semifinals of some of the most prestigious national competitions. Jean-Pierre prepared him immaculately for performances and exams and enabled him to pass ABRSM exams Grades 1 to 7, all with distinction.
In addition, he has taught both my son and daughter (a violinist) music theory with the utmost patience and dedication, ensuring that their understanding of music theory and background is rounded. He has at all times been absolutely dedicated, professional, nurturing and devoted to them as his students, providing outstanding technique as well as moral support in all matters Musical

Posted Sep 23, 2019

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Resident Pianist
May 2013 - Aug 2019

St John's College


Doctor of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014

Université de Montréal

Licentiate: Piano teaching
Jan 2012 - Dec 2012


Licentiate: Piano Performance
Jan 2011 - Dec 2011


Masters of Music in Piano performance/Music Theory
Sep 2007 - Dec 2009

Western Michigan University

Bachelor of Music and Psychology
Jan 2004 - Aug 2007

Free State



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency

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