Founder of Global House of Music, Eugene Dippenaar
Eugene Dippenaar has been teaching for 12 years and has played an active roll in the South African Music Industry since the moment he played his first note. He holds a diploma in sound engineering and music production. Starting music lessons at the age of four, Eugene attended a voice training academy. In his piano teacher’s house Beethoven’s ivory head stood on a table, monitoring lessons. The composer become one of Eugene’s favourites. His teacher at the time was focused on classical piano and music theory that built an important foundation in his music career. The discipline and focus from taking lessons at a young age allows him to implement this in the lessons conducted by him and the teachers of GHM.
Growing up under complicated circumstances, music was the young man’s solace and lifeline. While other youngsters played outside, he busied himself with his Walkman CD player recording tracks and learning to play the chords. As a muso, Eugene shared the stage with many well-known South African artists including Arno Carstens and Wonderboom an a host of locally know artists. He planned events with DJ Fresh, Alex Cage and Vin Deysel. His passion for jazz saw him busking on Jozi streets for money to buy guitar strings. There he met artist Lucky Dube and took lessons with Bheki Khoza.
After 12 years of teaching, Eugene is still thrilled when students master music from simple nursery rhymes to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. This go-getter entrepreneur believes music develops discipline, creativity and self-control. Music lessons, in his opinion, are not a luxury but an essential.
Being a life-long learner, Eugene’s studies continue as he challenges himself to complete a new course, mostly in the areas of music and law, every year. A loving father and husband, he derives great pleasure from spending time with family, especially his young son.