Steph has always had an avid interest in music, taking piano lessons, touring as part of an award-winning percussion group, singing in a choir and performing in musical theatre from an early age. She has completed two degrees in music, a Bachelor of Arts degree, specialising in both Music and English, and a BMUS Honours with a multidisciplinary specialisation in Musicology, Performance and Theatre Studies.
Her final thesis won the South African Music Society competition and was published in the Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa. Based on the film U-Carmen Ekhayelitsha, directed by Mark Dornford-May, her thesis explored issues of post-apartheid black class structure and the translation of Bizet’s Carmen into a South African township setting.
She was fortunate enough to study with Pauline Nossel and Malcolm Nay, both renowned pianists and teachers in their own right.
She has been teaching for over 35 years, offering tuition for beginners through to advanced students. Individuals are taught on a weekly basis. She teaches classical, popular music, and includes blues and jazz. Lessons are tailored to the individual with the aim of developing the student’s natural creative abilities as well as having fun and enjoying the music-making process.