Dr Frelet De Villiers
Position
Senior Lecturer
Department
Music
Address
46A 122
Music
IB 36
UFS
Telephone
051 4013151
Office
Odeion 122
Information

Short CV

Frelét de Villiers commenced her musical training at the Conservatoire in Potchefstroom at the age of 5. She won several medals at Eisteddfods and passed Unisa Piano Grade 8 with merit and the following with distinction: Unisa Organ Grade 7, Royal Schools Piano Grade 8 and Licenciate in Performance Piano (LTCL).

She furthered her studies at the University of Potchefstroom (NWU) under the excellent guidance of Albie van Schalkwyk. She obtained her B.Mus, B.Mus (Hon) and M.Mus degrees cum laude. She recently obtained her Ph.D with research on the development of piano technique as based on Herrmann’s four quadrant brain model.

Several bursaries were awarded to her, including a HSRC grant for doctoral study, FAK music bursaries for undergraduate study for three years as well as bursaries from the Department of Music at the NWU, and from the NWU for cultural and academic achievements.

She participated in numerous piano competitions and at two occasions was a category winner of the NWU Campus Talent competition (1987, 1988) a semi-finalist in the ATKV Forté competition (1987, 1988, 1989) as well as one of six finalists in the National Oude Meester music competition held in Stellenbosch (1991).

Frelét de Villiers is sought after as a soloist and an accompanist. The two performances as soloist with the Natal Philharmonic orchestra in Durban and Pietermaritzburg were undoubtedly the highlight of her career. Her performances include house concerts, solo recitals and ensemble performances with a variety of instrumentalists and singers from all over the country. She has participated in the Grahamstown arts festival, has had recitals as a soloist with Tim Lees (organist) in Port Elizabeth, and, during 2009 was the pianist at ‘Carols by Candlelight’ conducted by Richard Cock in Port Elizabeth.

She gained experience as a piano and music teacher from her involvement to different institutes like Maragon Private School in Roodepoort, Helpmekaar College in Johannesburg and the music centres of Hoërskool Florida and Hoërskool Randfontein. She owned a very successful private music school in Roodepoort where she taught piano lessons for many years.

Public appearances as a speaker include her contribution to the SASRIM Music conference held in 2008 in Port Elizabeth, key-note speaker at the SASMT conference held in Durban, 2011; a speaker at the Fifth Congress of the South African Society for Research in Music in Grahamstown in July 2011 and in Pretoria in July 2012.

An article “The piano teaching situation from a student perspective: A South African qualitative study” was recently published in an accredited journal, and two other articles were accepted but not yet published.

She is currently a lecturer at the Odeion School of Music, University of the Free State. Piano practical studies, leading of post graduate students, teaching modules of Methodology, Psychology and music, Rudiments of theory and basic research methodologies are but a few of her responsibilities.

 

Publications

“The piano teaching situation from a student perspective: A South African qualitative study”, SAMUS, Vol 30/31, 2010/2011, p.159 – 176

“Die ontwikkeling van klaviertegniek soos gebaseer op Herrmann se vierkwadrant breinmodel van leervoorkeure”, Musicus July 2013, (Vol 40.1).


Publications (Short List)


Research

Music life in the Free State with specific reference to the perspective of a photographer on the concerts held in the Odeion School of Music

Development of an App for beginner tuition

Development of an aptitude test for prospective music students at Universities in South Africa


Area(s) of Interest

Piano technique - whole brain teaching My PhD dealt with the piano technique that is connected to whole brain teaching and the four quadrant brain model of Herrmann.

Pedagogy - With specific reference to music teaching

Qualitative studies based on the Delphi method - I can assist with the application of the Delphi method in a research project/study.
 

Courses Presented

CMC404 This module focuses on current literature in music scholarship, incorporating readings in musicology, music sociology, psychology of music, and music technology.
KLV202 This module comprises studies in instrumental/vocal proficiency through engagement with musical repertoire. MUSP2602 represents study of a second instrument with the artistic and technical command equating UNISA Grade 5.
MUSD7900 This module comprises the supervised writing of a mini-thesis on a topic with a comprised research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUSM6808 This module comprises the supervised writing of a mini-dissertation on a topic with a limited research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUSM6812 The purpose of this module is to direct students towards the self-study of core principles for managing postgraduate research. It incorporates an introduction to the following aspects:
• the dimensions of scholarly research
• paradigms in the Humanities
• the choice for a specific methodology
• the principles of scholarly text study
• research design
• the writing of the research hypothesis and the research proposal
• postmodern methodology – problems and possibilities
MUSP1502 (Piano) This module comprises studies in instrumental/vocal proficiency through engagement with musical repertoire. MUSP1502 represents study of a second instrument with the artistic and technical command varying from entrance to more advanced levels.
MUSP1604 (Piano) This module comprises studies in instrumental/vocal proficiency through engagement with musical repertoire. MUSP1604 represents study of a first instrument with the artistic and technical command equating UNISA Grade 7 to Grade 8.
MUSP2602 (Piano) This module comprises studies in instrumental/vocal proficiency through engagement with musical repertoire. MUSP2602 represents study of a second instrument with the artistic and technical command equating UNISA Grade 5.
MUSP2612 (Piano) This module applies to beginner tuition. It focuses on the development of knowledge and insight on the different levels of practical tuition, development of skills for a specific instrument, aspects of the lessons situation as well as the handling of challenges in the context of a music lesson. This includes learning styles as well as teaching philosophies. The aim of this module is to equip every student with the necessary skills to be a well balanced and well informed teacher.
MUSP2612 (Piano) This module applies to beginner tuition. It focuses on the development of knowledge and insight on the different levels of practical tuition, development of skills for a specific instrument, aspects of the lessons situation as well as the handling of challenges in the context of a music lesson. This includes learning styles as well as teaching philosophies. The aim of this module is to equip every student with the necessary skills to be a well balanced and well informed teacher.
MUSP2622 (Piano) This module applies to the tuition of advanced pupils. It focuses on the development of knowledge and insight on the different levels of practical tuition, development of skills for a specific instrument, aspects of the lessons situation as well as the handling of challenges in the context of a music lesson. This includes learning styles as well as teaching philosophies. This module is a continuation of the ideal set in the first semester to develop balanced and well informed teachers.
MUSP3712 (Piano) The aim of this module is to expand the student’s knowledge regarding instrument specific repertoire in order to handle any type of pupil or situation like general progress, competitions, examinations or specific technical problems that may occur. The first semester applies to beginner books, as well as repertoire from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic period (where applicable to the instrument).
MUSP3722 (Piano) MUSP 3722 is a continuation of MUSP3712. It applies to the repertoire of the Impressionistic and Modern style periods (as applicable to the instrument). The levels of difficulty are of importance. Another aspect of this module is the practical application of knowledge in a concrete lesson situation where students will teach pupils under the guidance of their own lecturers. Students will also observe lessons by expert teachers.
MUSP3723 (Piano) This module comprises studies in instrumental/vocal proficiency through engagement with musical repertoire. MUSP3723 represents study of a first instrument with the artistic and technical command equating UNISA Performer’s Assesment Diploma.
MUST8900 This module comprises the supervised writing of a dissertation on a topic with a specialist research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field on a more advanced level, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors.
MUST9100 This module comprises the supervised writing of a dissertation on a topic with a specialist research focus. The student is trained to apply research methods in the chosen field on an advanced level, and to demonstrate adequate knowledge of literature relevant to the subject, as well as the ability to critically evaluate his or her own work, as well as that of other authors. The research should represent a original contribution to the field.
SMS254 The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the basic principles of music theory. The content covered is approximately equivalent to Grade IV of the UNISA Theory syllabus. These principles will be demonstrated on the piano. Examples in repertoire will also be highlighted. Basic keyboard skills will form part of this module.
SMS264 The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the basic principles of music theory. The content covered is approximately equivalent to Grade V of the UNISA Theory syllabus. These principles will be demonstrated on the piano. Examples in repertoire will also be highlighted. Basic keyboard skills will form part of this module.

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FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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