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Dorette Verwey

Woodwind, Guitar

 Dorette is a South African born woodwind specialist teacher.  She started piano lessons at the age of seven but found her first love in the clarinet at the age of nine.  She then added flute, saxophone bassoon and classical guitar as her love for music and performing grew.  Dorette attended Stellenbosch University where she obtained her BMus Orchestral Studies degree in 1998 and an Honours degree in Clarinet performance in 1999.

Dorette’s teaching experience began in South Africa, working with students aged three to fifty-three and since arriving in Dubai in 2013 has continued to teach woodwind, piano, guitar, music theory and kinder music, preparing students for Trinity and ABRSM examinations.  She has also performed as freelance musician around the city.  Dorette has a passion for chamber music, jazz bands, wind bands and orchestral playing and has played in and conducted many such groups in her career. She is currently Principal Clarinetist of the Emirates Philharmonic Orchestra and Co-Principal Bassoonist of the Dubai International Orchestra.

Dorette is passionate about music and has always been driven to help students achieve their very best, building confidence and character. She strongly believes that music has the power to change lives and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Her teaching method is totally student-centred and her greatest strength is her ability to communicate ideas and thoughts in a creative enthusiastic manner to ensure that students make the best possible progress.