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Rise Academy is more than a music school; it’s a community that nurtures raw talent from the classroom to the stage.
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Rise Academy is a cut above the rest because we pride ourselves on securing opportunities for our students to perform at live events. Not only do our students learn the technical essentials and business skills they need to professionalise their brands, but they are also given a platform to showcase their talents.
Our graduates boast an impressive track record in the industry; they have played at major music festivals and featured on some of the hottest TV and radio shows.

RISE Academy offers programmes that cater to novice DJs as well as performers wanting to take their careers to the next level.
Our two specially designed programmes include the ultimate DJ course and the advanced DJ course.

Our music production programme teaches students how to create high-quality tracks as well as how to market and distribute them. We ensure that our students are familiar with copyright laws and relevant legal issues related to production.
RISE Academy has been shaping amateur performers into confident professionals since we launched in 2015. This programme is broken up into three courses focusing on specific elements of performing: music production…

Some of us are passionate about music, sound, and live events! One of the most important things a Sound Engineer needs before getting hired to work at these events, is lots of experience. That’s why this course is a mixture between practical lessons …

Do you want to start and run your own business? This is the perfect course for you. This course will do so much more than just help you to find that great business idea. You will walk away with a completed business plan, as well as the marketing …

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HIT NO.1 ON SA EDM CHART

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GUEST ON METRO FM

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MIXES PLAYED BY DJ FRESH ON 94,7 FM

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BOOKED FOR JOBURG PRIDE 2019

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U-PARTY’S FIRST FEMALE RESIDENT DJ

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NOMINATED TOP 100 DJANE 2018

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  • HQ ADDRESS: 173 OXFORD RD, ROSEBANK, JHB, 2196
  • ADMISSION AND COURSE QUERIES (ALL CITIES): +27 11 447 6651
  • MANAGEMENT: INFO@RISEACADEMY.CO.ZA
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    Sibusiso (Breeze) Shezi

    Lecturer

    Breeze aka Zulu Bass King is a musician who brings years of experience in studio, on radio, and on the stage to Rise Academy.
    He has had tracks played on major SA radio stations, multiple music nominations, and has performed at some of South Africa’s largest music events. He’s worked with a huge array of top artists such as Nasty C, Soweto Gospel Choir, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, just to mention a few.

    He used to dance and play rugby competitively and loves to run fitness drills with our performance students to get them ready to pull off amazing stage routines.

    CHAY COOK

    DIGITAL

    Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
    communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
    marketing, and music.
    She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
    ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
    some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

    CHAY COOK

    DIGITAL

    Chay is a Public Relations practitioner who manages all of the academy’s
    communications. Her role combines an enthusiasm for social media, digital
    marketing, and music.
    She is also on hand to help students with their marketing and PR queries by
    ensuring that her door is always open, and if students are lucky there might even be
    some peppermint crisp tart up for grabs since her recipe is one of the best.

    JAMES VERKERK

    LECTURER


    James is a DJ who got his start at the age of 16. He brings his onstage energy and
    enthusiasm for music to the Rise Academy classroom where he teaches students
    everything they need to know about the art of DJing. He is a skilled sound engineer
    with a background in recording, producing and mixing.
    James also trained as a classical pianist and is an avid surfer.

    CRAIG GREEN

    CO-FOUNDER

    With more than two decades of experience in event organising, planning and logistics, Craig knows the ins and outs of the music world. He brings an invaluable
    network of industry contacts to the Rise Academy community.
    In 1998, Craig began U-PARTY, an event production and management company assisting schools to raise funds through community events and socials. He holds a BComm degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a self- proclaimed lego aficionado.

    SUE GREEN

    CO-FOUNDER & MD

    Sue brings her business acumen and passion for youth development to the academy, which she launched in 2015. She is a savvy consultant who is experienced in coordinating music events that attract young audiences.
    Sue’s academic background in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) piqued her interest in business ethics — a subject she ended up teaching at UCT during the final year of her Honours degree. She also loves cats and practices Jiu-jitsu.