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The Inspiration

The Woodstock Academy of Music

Rus Nerwich

It all began the day I heard my father and legendary South African guitarist Ronnie Domp jamming. As I listened to them play, I realised that they were not just “playing” together, they were really speaking. No words, just sound, and BAM! The music reached a crescendo.

“How did you know that was going to happen?” I asked.
“We didn’t – we were just improvising,” Ronnie said. And that was it for me.

I knew that one day I would have that experience, and since that moment, I have produced several albums and travelled the world playing concerts, and collaborating and performing with incredible, inspiring musicians. Music has created magical interactions and has been a source of constant inspiration and contemplation for me.

The Woodstock Academy of Music is the realisation of my dream to create a space where people of all ages can share in the joy that every musician has experienced. 

The academy is the manifestation of my vision to bring music to those who have always wanted to play an instrument, and to nurture and guide, creating an inspiring place for them to learn, practise and record music, meet fellow musicians or start a band of their own. 

The Woodstock Academy of Music is a place every musician will want to call home – I welcome you to be part of this vision as we unearth the music inside you. 


– Rus Nerwich