FAQ’s

RISE is more than a music school; it’s a community that nurtures raw talent from the classroom to the stage. Currently we are able to teach aspiring DJs, Music Producers, Performers, Sound Engineers, Entrepreneurs the ropes on how to make it in such a competitive industry.

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RISE is open to anyone above the age of 13 who is passionate about music and making a career for themselves in the entertainment industry.

RISE is a nationwide family of incredible people. We are the only Academy in SA to offer students stage performances and studio sessions. Take a look at how successful our graduates have been.

Classes are once a week for 60-90 mins depending on your course. Production and Performance Classes are both on Saturday afternoons. DJ students can choose a time on Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, or Tuesday evening.

Fees vary from course to course. To give you an idea, our cheapest workshop is R750 and our most expensive course is R18 975 for the full year. We do offer payment plans to help you fit the course into your budget.

Select the course you are interested in to the exact course prices per discipline.

There are 3 ways to pay your RISE Academy course fee.

1) Upfront discounted payment before your course starts

2) A course deposit followed by monthly payments throughout your course

3) You can apply for a student loan to study with RISE Academy (we assist with the application process)

Each course has a different price – in your interview we’ll discuss which course option suits you best and we’ll show you the pricing for what you’ve chosen

If you are interested in a student loan, here are the details.

Step 1: Apply to RISE Academy here: www.riseacademy.co.za/#applynew

Step 2: You will be invited to an interview with RISE and if all goes well you will be accepted into the Academy.

Step 3: We’ll sit with you and help you complete all the online forms for your student loan via Standard Bank.

Step 4: If the bank accepts you and grants your student loan, we’ll get you started, introduce you to the RISE fam, and welcome you to the team.

Payment terms 

Once the bank accepts your loan application, they give you a set of exact payment terms which are different per student (depends on your income, the interest rate you qualify for etc.). In general, you can expect to pay the interest on your loan for the duration of your course (usually R150 – R250 per month), and then 6 months after completing your course, the monthly installments go up so that you can finish paying off the full course price. Once you’ve been accepted for a student loan, the bank will give you an offer with the exact payment details they are prepared to give you.

Final Step: After the bank has pre-approved your student loan, you’ll go into a Standard Bank branch to hand in some forms from RISE (we’ll give you everything you need). Once they are processed by the bank you are enrolled and will be all set for your first class!

DJ Classes

  • Rosebank, JHB
  • New Germany ,DBN
  • City Bowl, CPT

 

Music Production

  • Rosebank, JHB
  • New Germany, DBN
  • City Bowl, CPT
  • Online Course Available for students who can’t get to class

 

Performance

  • Rosebank, JHB

We interview all candidates before accepting them into the course of their choice. That is our only requirement. Places are heavily limited each year – courses are usually fully booked 3 months in advance.

You can apply for an interview by filling in the application form at www.riseacademy.co.za/#applynew. We will contact you with the next steps, once you have done this. We run waiting lists each year due to high demand for places in our classes. Your application form will secure your space on our waiting lists.

We do not require applicants to have any qualifications.

  • DJ – No equipment needed
  • Perform – No equipment needed
  • Music Production – You need your own laptop and FL Studio
  • Sound Engineering – No equipment needed

Yes, we are. RISE is registered with DHET, SETA accredited, and a corporate member of ISASA.

All students receive a certificate on competition of their course. We host a graduation ceremony in Gauteng once a year to hand out the certificates.

Most of our courses include a stage performance – we’re really serious about getting our students onto the biggest stages in the country.

The course will enhance your skills, provide you with access to a studio, offer you stage time for firsthand experience and provide you with business and marketing knowledge.

DJs – Upon completion of the course DJs will have an EPK checked by RISE, booking contracts etc. checked by RISE, a marketing plan checked by RISE, and will be given the opportunity to perform on stage. Our top DJ students are selected for a highly prestigious U-PARTY residency each year.

Music Producers – Upon completion of the course our students will have met a number of guest lecturers from institutions as big as Universal Music. They will have the blueprint for how to submit their music to South African radio, and full knowledge of how to publish and market their own music.

Live Sound Engineers– Our students get incredible event experience and are given the opportunity to set the sound up for events which host huge artists such as Black Coffee and Sho Madjozi. By the end of the course they will have a time sheet to verify the number of hours of work experience they have received throughout their course at RISE.

Performers – Upon completion of the course performers will have an EPK checked by RISE, booking contracts etc. checked by RISE, a marketing plan checked by RISE, and will be given the opportunity to perform on stage. Performers will have the blueprint for how to submit their music to South African radio, and full knowledge of how to publish and market their own music. Our top students are also selected for a highly prestigious U-PARTY residency each year.

We are only able to help our RISE students and graduates. This is one of the reasons we started RISE in 2014 – no one wants to help new talent, it’s too difficult and costly to take a chance on someone.

To give everyone a chance – we run courses which teach our students how to start managing themselves, all about record labels, promotion, publishing, we put them on stage, and they meet some of the best managers in the country as guest lecturers.

We use state-of-the-art gear such as Pioneer 2000s, the exclusive SC 5000 Denon Prime Series, and the Pioneer XDJ RX. Our Gauteng branch has 2 recording studios fitted with M-Audio monitors and sound card.

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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.