Dr Liezl-Maret Livingstone
She obtained her B.Mus, B.Mus(Hon) and M.Mus degrees cum laude under the guidance of Philip Levy, Catharina Struthers and Albie van Schalkwyk. She also obtained her D.Mus at the University of Cape Town under the guidance of John Antoniades.
She started her teaching career at the University of Cape Town in 1996 and was a permanent staff member at the University of Stellenbosch from 2002 till 2004. She lectured full-time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban from 2005 till 2013. Liezl-Maret was often invited to adjudicate eisteddfods and national music competitions and she was an examiner for UNISA music examinations. She has made regular appearances as a speaker at conferences, workshops and symposiums. She has been on the faculty of the International Piano Symposium at the University of Stellenbosch from 2004 to 2016.
From January 2014 to March 2019, Liezl-Maret was running a private studio in Durban, teaching piano to students of all ages. She focused on experimenting and developing new ideas in connection with teaching methods. After years of teaching Piano and Instrumental Pedagogy at the various universities, she in collaboration with the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), started to present Instrumental Music Teacher workshops across the country. Liezl-Maret also frequently visited the USA to expand her knowledge and to learn as much as possible in the field of piano playing and pedagogy. It was her passion to share the newly-gained knowledge with teachers in South Africa.
Liezl-Maret was also involved in the organisation of various workshops, concerts and innovative music educational projects such as ‘Rhythm and Sight Singing Courses’, ‘An in-depth discussion and demonstration of the Fabers’ Piano Adventures’, and ‘Music Reading Skills for Pianists’, in and around Durban. She published two books in 2018, an outcome of the Music Reading Skills for Pianists Workshops.
Liezl-Marét and her husband John, an Irish citizen, moved to Ireland at the beginning of April.