Success Stories


“Being at the Shine music school created more than just an opportunity to learn about music. This is where I experienced the privilege of learning, learned a lot about myself, experienced other people and had the chance to perform in front of a live audience as a well trained guitarist. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn about life and tunes that make more than just their feet tap- it teaches the rhythm of life!” – Elana Afrika


Many fantastic students have passed through our courses, or indeed, continued lessons with us for many years, forming great relationships and spending many hours enjoying music with our teachers at the Shine School of Music in Johannesburg. Here is what a few of them have had to say about their time spent with Shine.

“Of all the things that life has to offer, the gift of music is probably the most magical form of expression that we have. It transcends all barriers and is a truly universal language that personally takes me to the highest place I could possibly be. I thank the Shine School of Music and in particular my teacher, Professor Sajin, for opening up that world for me. Music has altered the course of my life and will always be right at the centre of my heart. Thank you so much!” – James Acheson

“The Shine school and everyone involved have always made me feel welcome. Especially the Sajin family, who have become very good, close friends over the years of me playing and learning with them. Milos, my teacher, had to put with me for a good couple of years (and me with him), and he helped me reach grade 7 in both theory and practical guitar, during which time he became an important person in my life and I miss him now that he has moved to Spain, with Japan somewhere in the middle there, and me having moved to Stellenbosch to study. The Shine school is a big family, and I’m very proud to say I have a part of it!” – Nicholas Gerber

“There is this magic about music, it can be taught to everyone, but it can’t be taught by anyone. It takes a very inspired teacher, with a willingness and love for the art. I would have never discovered music the way I have without professor Shine & The school of music.” – Cara-Leze Lugibihl

“After the regrets of “giving up” musical training in childhood I was a little apprehensive of learning at an older age. More than two years later I have realised that it is never too late and the wonder of music is in the moment. The Shine School of Music is a unique and special place where every lesson is a joy, carried through with an unerring desire to pass on not only the technical skills but also the wider appreciation of music, “the food of life.” If musical expression be the desire then a more dedicated group of teachers you will not find. Keep it up!” – Nicholas Clark

“I used to be a keen student of philosophy. I thought within the love of wisdom I could find the secrets to life. But in seeking wisdom, knowledge and understanding you stay in your mind – so what if you realize this amazing truth. What use is anything beautiful if no one is there to share it with you? Since coming to the Shine Music School I have experienced the beauty, power, wisdom, love and magic music brings. Magic, yes, I think that’s what music is – it transcends all the boundaries of mind, language, culture, religion or sex. It surpasses everything and reaches that place – your essence – where we you feel pure and loved and free. But at the Shine Music School it’s not just about music. It’s about people too. Every student, from 5 to 55, is welcomed, taught and approached in a unique way. Whether you’re the next Mozart or a slow learner like me, anybody is welcome and anybody will feel welcome.” –Frans Borman

“I had never imagined that learning music can be so much fun filled with knowledge, experience and motivation. With every music lesson not only I have learnt to play guitar but also learnt some key and important factor of life. One of the best institutes with a warm and homely feeling especially cared by Zana and Professor Sajin.” – Ashish Jaggi

“I got my first and only guitar in 2003. I was happy. But then I took it home and for 7 years I did not play it because I did not know HOW to play it. Then one day I went in to McGibbons Music Shop to restring the guitar. I asked them if they knew of any great music teachers. They said, “Yes, we know two great teachers. The one is Professor Shine. The other is his son Milos!”. Soon after that I had my first lesson with Prof Shine in 2009. Now I can pick up that guitar I got so long ago and actually play it. The journey has been a great one for me. Prof Shine and Zana are like family. You find that you are always pushing yourself to make magic with a musical instrument. The school is also pushing itself to do new things with students. With the use of Skype, we have had lessons even when we were far from each other from places like Barcelona, Nairobi, Durban, London and Belgrade. It works well. Prof has taught me for almost 5 years now. Time flies when you are having fun!” – Dinesh Buhram