Tronél Hellberg has a passion for Theory of Music which inspired her to obtain a Teacher’s Licentiate in Theory of Music from UNISA in 2001.
Believe it or not, there was a time Tronél struggled with theory, failed tests and ended up in the head of music’s office. From her own experience, she understands the make-or-break impact a teacher can have, the value of figuring out things on your own, and how this can shift you from frustration to empowerment. This is what sparked her fascination with theory and inspired her to write books that systematically explain concepts in a easy-to-understand way.
Apart from being passionate about writing music theory books, Tronél also teaches all theory grades (Grade 1 to Licentiate), speaks at conferences and presents refresher courses for music teachers. In addition, she is a research associate of the University of the Free State and an external supervisor for the University of Pretoria.
She obtained a MMus with distinction from the University of the Free State in 2013 and a BMus (Hons) from the University of Pretoria in 2011, also with distinction. In 2018, she completed her PhD at the University of the Free State with the title of her thesis being “Musicians’ sensory patterns in relation to their primary musical instrument”.
In 2017, she broadened her field of expertise and became a master transformation life coach and founder of Coach me to Grow where she helps people who feel stuck to reconnect with their purpose and passion.
In 2021, she joined STADIO as curriculum developer and lecturer for the PGCE Music programme. This is a an exciting project since it draws on more than 20 years of involvement in music education, as well as her experience as an examiner, author, researcher and life coach.