The History Behind

On the 21th of June 2014, The South African Music Institute celebrated  10th years of existence.  The oldest department that of the  Get Good Guitar Course


Andries Visser birthed Groove Regulators (GR) in 2003 and encouraged Gerrie and Annelize Pansegrouw to start the  Get Good Guitar School ( GGG) in 2004.  Starting out in the lounge of our house in the Reeds.  We then moved to Lakeside Music shop 2004-2006.

A collaboration started between GGG and GR and the South African Music Institute ( SAMI) was formed as umbrella representing all the different courses namely GR, GGG, Flying Fingers and Extreme Bass. We established our premises in Roodepoort, Flora Centre, 2007-2008.

In 2010/11 GR moved to Jeffreys Bay and SAMI moved to Centurion 2009-2016.

SAMI expanded this year by also adding Colla Voce (vocals) 2014 and Pro Drummer (Drums) 2011.

Today the South African Music Institute boast with Get Good Guitar, Extreme Bass, Flying Fingers, Total Drums And Colla Voce.  The most exciting move so far is that the institute is moving into the Barnyard Theater, Pretoria in 2017!  This is a remarkable move as students will have the advantage of finding themselves  on stage as part of their course. 

Show business...that is what music is about! Communicating emotions through your fingers to the heart of the audience. 

We are super excited as this will be a new era in the history of the South African Music Institute.  The Institute celebrates their 13th year of existence in 2017.  We are also expanding our work force.  So far our lecturers comprise of Alouise Peens, Gerrie Pansegrouw, Raymond Rattey,  and Jolanda Bekker.  There will definitely be new faces for 2017.

The Institute boast with many musicians in the S.A. Scene that came through SAMI.  Most are either in the recording or education industry but a few have either become the backbone to artist or even artist in their own right.  Alumni such as Manie van Niekerk ( Bok van Blerk), Burgerd Botha...not only does he have a golden voice but is an excellent guitar player( Romanze), Josh Oosthuizen, Hugo Radyn(Charl du  Plessis), Steven Liebenberg, PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker ( Bad Peter), Raymond Rattey, Alouise Peens ( Onbeskaamd, Tuin), Francois Kleynhans ( Glaskas), Tanya Schoeman ( Tuin), Freddie Wessels, Ferreira Marais, Gerhard Botha, Pieter Botha, Tiaan Erasmus,  Simeon Haman, Ruan Graaff, Deon Volschenk, Naas Hefer (Onbeskaamd), Valdemar Smith ( Viking Kings) just to mention a few.  There are many drummers, piano players, session muso's out there that we are proud of.

SAMI is proud of all the students that have passed through its veins and treasure each one.  With SAMI you are not just a number... you become family.  The legacy of SAMI runs deep in our country and we know that once you have encountered SAMI you will never look back.