Discover Piano and Music Theory Lessons! 

Experience the joy of learning how to read music and perform at the piano.

Ages 6 to Adults. Beginners and Experienced students welcome!

Learning to Play the Piano is fun and enriching!

Lessons are structured to help you or your child develop musical skills at a steady pace. 

At-Home Lessons

Lessons are conducted in the comfort of your home. You will need a piano, digital piano or even a piano keyboard (initially) to take lessons and practice.

Missed Lessons are Made-Up!

ENiGMA Piano Studio operates throughout the year. Should you need to miss a lesson for whatever reason - it can be made-up!

Areas Covered

ENiGMA Piano Studio offers piano and music theory lessons to students living in the East Rand of Gauteng including; Springs, Brakpan, Benoni, Edenvale, Bedfordview, Kempton Park, Nigel.

Please enquire regarding lesson pricing. 

Operating Hours

  Monday to Friday 12pm to 7pm.            Saturday 11am to 2pm.                           

Modern-Day Piano and Music Tuition

One-on-one Lessons in the comfort of your home

Teacher and student work one-on-one. Lessons are structured for the benefit of the student and the journey they take at the piano and in music theory. 

Examinations and Competitions

ENiGMA Piano Studio offers the opportunity, preparation and entry for music theory and piano examinations as well as competitions for on-stage performances. 

Books, Books, Books!

Recommended Music Tuition books may be ordered on your behalf as you or your child progress at the piano. 


Bernice - Edenvale
'David is a knowledgeable, energetic and fun piano teacher who imparts good techniques and at the same time instills a lifelong appreciation and love of music. He is extremely talented and his love and appreciation for it will inspire any student young and old to achieve their goal.'
Sandra - Benoni
'Both my son (Special Needs) and I (41yr old) started lessons with David in January 2021. David promptly responded to my enquiry and immediately understood the approach he needed to take with both of us. He recommended the appropriate books and piano we needed so we were well prepared for our lessons. David has been incredibly patient and understanding especially with my special needs son and a perfectionist beginner adult. My son is very slow to warm up but through music, he engaged with David immediately and is excited for his classes each week. David is very passionate and knowledgeable and adapts the lessons as necessary. I cannot recommend David enough... an absolute joy to have as a music teacher!'
Anja - Benoni
'When you are an adult of almost 40 it is a frightening thought to start piano lessons with no music background. David is patient and supportive. His knowledge and passion for music motivates beyond measure. He steers teachings into new more difficult lessons without it being intimidating. Now playing piano is like therapy and something I will never quit.'

The Benefits of Piano and Music Tuition

By David Goedhart

In the article below, I present the scientific basis of how playing an instrument (like the piano) may develop, fortify, and positively influence a human’s brain. The research discussed here is based on physical evidence conducted by music psychologists within the last decade and essentially summarizes findings from brain scans and other medical equipment used to test how a musician’s and non-musician’s brain develops throughout life. In addition to this, I also explore some of the other aspects regarding taking piano and music lessons that reveal how enriching these may be to one’s overall quality of life.


As is now a well-known phenomenon in the world of psychology, a human’s brain is in a constant interactive state within the environment in which it is found – from birth to adulthood (Brink-Flores 2018: 101; Louw and Louw 2014, 2019). In the years after birth, rapid changes occur in the brain. More specifically, the process of ‘neural pruning’ (numerous synapses are either maintained or destroyed) is a prominent part of the processes in which the brain is moulded by experience and its interactions within various contexts (Brink-Flores 2018: 101; Neuroplasticity 2020 [O]).

Neural plasticity is the process whereby the brain develops or grows and changes in its ‘anatomical and physiological’ structure due to its interaction with the environment as well as through ‘repeated behaviour’ (Ibid.). Regular practise (of a musical instrument) determines which ‘neural circuits’ are strengthened or optimized to reinforce specific abilities (Ibid.).

Research has proven that the practise of playing a musical instrument places certain demands on the human brain and nervous system. This includes the amalgamation of ‘perception and action mediated by sensory, motor, and multimodal integration regions’ in the brain (Brink-Flores 2018: 101; Putkinen and Tervaniemi 2019; McPherson and Hallam 2015; Schlaug 2012).

Most Western musicians begin their regular and intensive musical training in early childhood, which usually continues into late adolescence and sometimes adulthood. For this reason, the musician’s brain represents an ‘ideal’ field of study in ‘learning processes in the brain’ especially regarding their developed ‘sensorimotor, auditory and auditorimotor skills’ (Brink-Flores 2018: 101; Ibid.).

Regular and intensive training and practise on a musical instrument has been shown to re-organise the development of a human’s brain (Ibid.). We can agree that the expected changes would include changes to the primary brain regions. This involves the ‘primary auditory cortex and the auditory association cortex’ regions which are substantially more developed in a musician’s brain. The sensorimotor cortex and related structures responsible for refined and independent finger movements also show increased development in the brain of a musician (Brink-Flores 2018: 101; Ibid.).

 A musician’s brain also reveals an increased development of the ‘midsagittal side of the corpus collosum’ which proves that the demanding process of performing on an instrument develops the communication channels between the right and left hemispheres of the brain to a certain degree (Brink-Flores 2018: 101). Additionally, the age and years of tuition and practise of a musician is considered as the more years involved in music training and practise reveals these anatomical changes in the brain to be even more pronounced (Brink-Flores 2018: 102; Ibid.).

 The above discussion is thus based on the premise that almost all healthy and able-bodied human beings possess the capacity to develop some form of musical ability with hard work and musical training of some kind. This can no doubt be in correlation to learning how to play the piano. In fact, anyone…and I mean anyone can learn to play the piano. Although unique, there are performing pianists who are either autistic, blind, have no hands, arms, or fingers. To believe one ‘needs talent’ without perseverance and discipline is a misconception – even Bach (all composer relatives), W.A. Mozart, L. Von Beethoven and the other highly regarded composers and musicians in history had to work at their abilities to refine and develop them (Burkholder et al. 2014). An interesting quotation to finalize my point here is found in the writings of Patricia Shehan (1987:46; Jorritsma et al. 2010);

To present-day Slavic people, everyone is a potential musicianTalent is not believed to be inherited, nor is it something that only certain select people are born with. Music is perceived as a participatory activity in which all members of a social unit perform as part of an observed custom. Strong interest, practice and perseverance are the main requisites for any aspiring musician. Music is integrally linked with social situations, and gathering together requires music in every celebration.

In relation to the above, below are some additional resources that may be of further interest.

 ‘How Playing an Instrument Benefits your brain – Anita Collins’

‘The Benefits of playing Piano’


‘11-Year-Old With Autism Is A Revelation On Piano’

‘Kids With Autism Are Learning About Much More Than Just Music in This Program’

‘Teaching Beginners with Special Needs’ (Faber 2016)

In my own experience as a piano teacher, I have witnessed both children and adults grow at the piano. Initially, finger dexterity, aural perception and sensory-motor skills seem to be the first signs of regular practise and lessons. As lessons continue, though, the psychological enrichment children and adult students receive from regular lessons and practise are the most rewarding aspects of my work. Often shy and anxious children grow in their confidence – with support from their teacher and parents – and eventually learn self-discipline and the value of learning a cultural skill. For adults, taking up music and piano is often for self-development or to make-up for not being able to lessons in childhood.

 In closing, I trust the information provided here has brought to light the overall biological and psychological value of learning a musical instrument for both children and adults. Furthermore, I trust this article may inspire and encourage parents to invest in piano and music theory lessons for their children as well as motivate adults to take up lessons - it is never too late! Learning about music and how to perform at the piano can be a wonderful journey of self-discovery and (as discussed) may provide considerable value to one’s quality of life.


Jorritsma, Marie., King, George. & Steyn, Carol. 2010. Only Study Guide for MHS3703. Music and Gender. UNISA: Pretoria

Louw, D.A., and Louw, A.E. 2014. Child and adolescent development (2nd ed.). Bloemfontein: Psychology Publications.

Louw, D., and Louw, A. 2009. Adult Development and Ageing. Bloemfontein: Psychology Publications.

McPherson, Gary E. and Hallam, Susan. 2015. ‘Musical Potential.’ The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (2 ed.). Hallam, S., Cross, I., and Thaut, M.(Eds.). Available: DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198722946.013.4

N.a. 2020. ‘Neuroplasticity. [O]. Britannica Academic. Accessed: 4 September 2020. Available:

Putkinen, Vesa and Tervaniemi, Mari. 2019. ‘Neuroplasticity in Music Learning.’ The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Brain. Thaut, M., and Hodges, DA. (Eds.). Available: DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198804123.013.22

Pooley, Thomas M. & Brink-Flores, Kim. 2018. Psychology of Music. Only Study Guide for MHS3713. Pretoria: UNISA.

Schlaug, Gottfried. 2012. ‘Music, musicians, and brain plasticity.’ Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology (1 ed.). Hallam, S., Cross, I., and Thaut, M.(Eds.). Available: DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199298457.013.0018

Shehan, P.K. 1987. ‘Balkan Women as Preservers of Traditional Music and Culture.' In Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Ed. E. Koskoff. New York andLondon: Greenwood Press. 45-53.



ENiGMA Piano Studio was founded by David Goedhart in 2016. As the teacher and owner of the studio, David currently has been playing the piano for the past 17 years which includes formal piano and music lessons with various piano teachers. Between 2011 and 2013, David attended the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) based in Port Elizabeth where he received tertiary level education and training in Advanced Classical Piano, Music Theory and Music History as well as intermediate training in Jazz Piano.


In 2014, he secured employment at a reputable piano studio in the East Rand of Gauteng where he received mentorship and work experience in one-on-one piano and music education and training. After working for three years in the industry, the opportunity to continue his studies in the form of a Bachelor in Musicology Degree (completed in 2021) at the University of South Africa (UNISA) was brought his way.
It was at this point (2016) that the inception of ENiGMA Piano Studio began. Within a few months the basic operations and strategies for growth were initiated and developed and thus ENiGMA Piano Studio began providing lessons to adults and children. Through ENiGMA Piano Studio, with its knowledgeable, enthusiastic, positive, and patient piano teacher at the helm, many children and adults have successfully entered and performed in various music theory and piano competitions and examinations over the last 6 years. With a bright future ahead, the owner of ENiGMA Piano Studio aims to continue providing professional piano and music theory lessons to both children and adults in the years to come.  

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