It is heartwarming to see our music student’s commitment in attending weekly lessons. This year we have an 80% re-enrolment! We aim to build community, to empower and give a sense of identity and competence to all our students through the use of music.
We have recently watched two wonderful performances; West Side Story at the Durban Playhouse and our violinists had the opportunity of listening to Joanna Frankel and Christopher Duigan at Michaelhouse. The children were riveted and totally inspired.
Our 7 tutors remain the same as last year which is important for continuity, commitment and building relationships.
Performance skills build essential life skills and we have performed 5 times in the last 5 months – at Clifton school, at a community carol service at Bellwood, twice at the Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg, and then for the Nottingham Road Land Association and Farmer’s Trust AGM.
We have, this year, had two fabulous articles written about us.
We are truly proud of what our students have a accomplished!
Early Childhood Development Programme (ECD)
The ECD project is growing. Last year saw the development of our curriculum. Our aim has been to develop a music and movement programme that works within the African context, and is linked to the new national curriculum – CAPS – Grade R assessment standards.
Our work in the rural KZN midlands has grown so that we are mentoring 60 teachers and impacting 860 children. These teachers also attend termly workshops where the curriculum for that term is presented and resources for its implementation provided.
An exciting development has been our partnership with the KZN Creche Forum Network which is facilitated by Save the Children Fund in Durban. Having heard about our programme we were invited by the Forum to present what we do. Our presentation and the concept of using music as a tool for ECD was well received. Our aim is to provide music resources and ideas and to show carers how to be more intentional in its use. It is also to make explicit the learning outcomes and skills inherent in music and movement education. The Forum voted that we be given access to the database which represents around 900 creche centres around KZN. Since this time we have been contacted by 6 area representatives and we have run one workshop for 70 carers in Ulundi impacting 2200 children, and with another 40 carers in Babnango waiting for us to train level 1 on 16 May. This is exciting because the crèche Forum Network has given us a broad community mandate for our service and product.