Dorette Vermeulen obtained her BMus degree and Performers Licentiate in Piano while studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Continuing her postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, she completed the BMus (Hons) (cum laude), MMus (cum laude) and DMus degrees. Her focal research area is community music involvement projects which form an integral part of tertiary and post-graduate music education programmes in the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria where she is appointed as senior lecturer.
As post-graduate supervisor for students specialising in music education, she draws on her research to implement innovative practices. Music as a performance-based art requires unique and advanced artistic skills to be developed in both learners and music teachers, and the challenges as well as benefits and values of these skills are being investigated. She has co-authored several music resource books for teachers including two commissioned by the Western Cape Education Department.
Additionally, Dorette has published articles in accredited journals as well as read papers at national and international conferences. She is passionate about music education and exploring the possibilities offered by community music outreach projects to provide quality music experiences to all.