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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, brand building, and stage prowess. Students can choose to complete the full programme or take the courses individually depending on their needs, budget and goals.

Here is what you need to know about our programmes

+ Students can choose to complete the full programme or one of the courses depending on their experience and budget.

+ We create opportunities for our students to take the stage at music events and festivals, giving them a real-life taster of their future careers.

+ Rise Academy offers Saturday classes for convenience.

full course R 7 370.00 (20 saturdays)
The Artist Course
Cost: R 3 125
Duration: 8 Saturdays
We know that it’s not easy for relatively unknown artists to get radio coverage or opportunities to perform at gigs. Tenacity, talent and ambition are important characteristics but so is knowing how to market yourself. We teach you how to set your brand apart from the rest using traditional and social media. Our experienced lecturers will guide you through the intricacies of securing representation and a recording contract.

The Music Course
Cost: R 2 595
Duration: 7 Saturdays

Most talented artists are not lucky enough to get their music played on the radio. So, how do young performers make it onto the airwaves? The trick is knowing how to attract a music compiler’s attention and understanding what the station is looking for. This course includes classes on intellectual property law, music royalties, and an overview of the music distribution network in South Africa. By the end of this course, students can confidently say they know what requirements their tracks have to meet before ending up on the radio.
The Performance Course Cost: R 3 125 Duration: 6 Saturdays
Performing in front of a live audience is very different from recording inside a studio. We teach you how to rearrange your music into a powerful set that will leave audiences begging for more. You will learn about choreography and working with stage crews, dancers, and DJs. By the end of this course, we will give you the chance to showcase your talent on the stage so that you can put your training into practice.

Total course cost: R 7 370.

Payment options:

+ Upfront discounted settlement: R 6 000

+ Monthly debit order: R 2 500 deposit & 6 monthly payments of R 740 (R 6 940).

+ Monthly payments: R 2 500 deposit & 6 monthly payments of R 811,50 (R 7 370).

+ Standard Bank student loan: R 7 370

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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.