The Johnman Music Centre in the heart of Stellenbosch resides in a turn of the century Victorian house and Old Cape garden. The house formerly belonged to Dorothy and Charles Johnman. It was their wish that their home would be turned into a music centre where students of all ages and levels are welcomed and nurtured in their musicianship.
The Johnman Music Centre was officially opened by Professor Richard Behrens, former Head of the Stellenbosch University Music Conservatoire, on June 15, 1996. From its modest beginning of twelve music students and a few teachers, the Centre has since grown to over a hundred students ranging in age from four years to adulthood, with ten music staff providing tuition in violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, recorder, singing and piano. Theory of music is also taught.
Music staff each follow individual pedagogical approaches to suit the music-making needs of their students. Music tuition may include, but is not limited to, preparation for public concerts, music competitions, Eistedfodd performances, University of South Africa (UNISA), Trinity-Guildhall and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) graded examinations, diploma and licentiate recitals, as well as preparation towards auditions for tertiary studies in music. Apart from receiving tuition in individual performance, music pupils are encouraged to participate in ensemble playing, both at the Centre and as musicians in bands, ensembles and orchestras of the area.
The Dorothy and Charles Johnman Education Trust promotes opportunities for music tuition through providing facilities. Music teachers maintain a partnership with the Trustees to implement a vision towards music tuition in the former home of Charles and Dorothy Johnman.