Dextry shares his musical talent with community

Dextry Rasmus teaches students how to play guitar in his garage, from left, Casey Ruedolf, Durvan Albertus and Aidan Watson.

Dextry Rasmus awakens Coniston Park with his jovial gospel music as he teaches children to play guitar.

And while the 53-year-old imparts his musical knowledge, he also teaches his young charges discipline.

“Music is my passion since I was seven years old. When I was 16 I was taught how to play guitar by the late John September of St Joseph’s Xmas Band in Grassy Park,” Mr Rasmus told Southern Mail.

“I once asked Mr September if he thought I am capable of teaching, he immediately said yes.”

Mr Rasmus started his school in 2007 and in 2010 alone he had 94 students complete courses.

“Unfortunately in 2015 I had a stroke and wasn’t able to teach many children,” Mr Rasmus says.

He now teaches four children who attend classes three times a week. “I have two primary and two high school children.”

The youngsters put on a short concert for Southern Mail, playing two songs, Alive and Jesus in my boat while reading from their notebooks.

Mr Rasmus said he would like to invite more children to attend the school and at the end of each year he awards a diploma at a graduation ceremony.

He said any children from age six and up can attend. The lessons are Mondays and Thursdays, from 5pm to 6pm for the primary schoolers; and Mondays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8.30pm for high schoolers; as well Saturdays from 3pm to 5pm for all
ages.

For more information, call Mr Rasmus on 079 162 8626.