Fanie the Ferret
Soundstart Logo by Frank Hengstman
|Benita B. E. van Blerk|
27 Proland Park
La Provence Way
7530 La Rochelle
Former Head of the Music Department, Cape Town College of Education
Music lecturer at Parklands College of Education
Scholarships: Conservatoire Scholarship 1959, Harry Crossley Scholarship 1980, 1984
Benita taught music at schools and at a Technical College. From 1979 - 1991 she
was Head of the Music Department, Barkly House College of Education.
In 1992 she joined Cape Town College of Education in the same capacity. In 2002
she was appointed music lecturer at Parklands College of Education.
She was in demand as an accompanist and a chamber musician, and was involved in regular SABC broadcasts.
Benita van Blerk has extensive experience as supervisor and external examiner and acts in this capacity for several universities. She is a member of the panel of Unisa music examiners and serves on the Unisa national examination committee.
An active member of the South African Society of Music Teachers, she was elected Regional Vice President twice, and National President in 1998. She has now retired from this office.
For 8 years she was assistant editor of the official mouthpiece of the SASMT, The South African Music Teacher.
For the past 6 years she has been involved in the In-service Music Programme (IMP) for Preprimary and Foundation Phase teachers. This programme is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Recently Sida also funded a research project on the efficacy of IMP, with van Blerk as research leader.
Annually she assists the Western Cape Education Department, giving in-service training in Music Education in the Foundation and Intermediate Phases. She adjudicates at Eisteddfods and is at present Chairperson of the Western Cape Regional Eisteddfod.
Benita van Blerk has a daughter and a son and three cats.
She is author of a handbook for generalist teachers comprising lessons
plans, a songbook and and 2 supporting cassettes:
Sound Start, Teacher's Resource Manual and Songbook, (Co-author: Denise de Kock), Kagiso Publishers, 1998 and now Maskew Miller-Longman
Sound start Audio cassette
Sound start Kit Activity book
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music
Favourite author: Karel Schoeman
Favourite Quote: "Du holde Kunst, ich danke Dir!" von Schober
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