Including the managment of strings outreach projects, violin & theory teacher.
Kathleen Garrity graduated from the University of Cape Town with a B Mus. and H.D.E. She gained teaching experience at Primary and Secondary level schools whilst playing as freelance violinist with the two Cape Town orchestras at that time, namely the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and CAPAB Orchestra. Her first love is for chamber music. She was appointed as part time violin teacher at Beau Soleil in 1984 and in 1991 she was awarded a full time post which included ensemble direction.
She attended an ESTA (European String Teacher’s Association) congress in Portsmouth England in 1999 and she travelled again to Cremona, Italy in 2007 for this purpose. At the former occasion a demonstration class was given by a renowned British teacher, Sheila Nelson, with children from the Tower Hamlets String Teaching Project in London. A group teaching method devised by Ms Nelson was used to enable children from underprivileged backgrounds to learn to play the violin. This inspiring work motivated Kathleen Garrity and her sister, Margaret Hamann, to start the Ifidyoli Strings Project at Beau Soleil Music Centre later that year. Some of the students from this original group are now professional musicians and teachers in the Strings Projects, which are funded by donations to the Beau Soleil Music for Africa Trust.