Masidlale – Let the Children Play


Thembisa and learners of Hlengisa Primary

This project has grown from strength to strength now including three schools.  The project is led by Maria Botha and her team consisting of Thembisa Ntshongontshi, Noluvuyo Nteta and Siyatheba Nteta.  There are 120 learners in the program (40 in each school).  They are trained in the Suzuki method which leans strongly on mother tongue teaching, one of the reasons why this project is so successful.

The more advance group of learners preform regularly and has entertained and amazed audiences with their skills, passion and utter enjoyment for what they do.  The project has a dual purpose in that it brings training to learners in previously disadvantaged areas, but it also serves to provide a training platform for upcoming violin teachers as the CPO is actively involved in developing the education team through consistent training and mentoring.  Special mention needs to be made of the three schools Headmasters, staff and parent community that play a key role in this projects success. Involving the whole community in this project is key to its success.


Violin meeting with parents at Hlengisa Primary

 They have gone the extra mile in supporting this program and needs to be congratulated on their schools involvement and progress. We are now working towards securing enough instruments so that each learner can have their own violin to practise on at home.

Formal Theory tuition will be included in this program by the start of next term as to equip the learners with all the skills needed to progress to taking music as a school subject in the High School. Mr Louis van Loggrenberg (South African theory book author) in partnership with AllMusic will be providing all our learners with theory books at cost.  We are also working on translating his book into Xhosa as to provide theory lessons in their mother tongue language.


At NVC Studio Recording with CEO Mr Heynemann

Masidlale have been involved in many projects this term.  They have been to NVC studio’s to record a program for Cape TV that will be broadcasted within the next month.  18 Learners played in the Artscape Foyer before Pretty Yende’s concert.  This was very well received and also led to the being booked for another Outreach event.  10 Learners will be playing at the Photo Exhibition of the “Iwasshot” project which provides street children with the opportunity to learn about photography.  The Masidlale project will also be featured on Cool Classic Kidz this month on Fine Music Radio.  5 Learners will have the opportunity to record in a professional studio (MusicatWork) and to hear themselves on the Radio.  This will be broadcasted on Saturday 27 August at 13:45 on FMR101.3.


Siyabulela Primary Learners at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre with their violin teachers

Exposing the learners to other young violinists is very important.  We therefore took 10 young learners from Siyabulelo Primary to listen to a Strings Concert presented at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Creating long-term sustainability is absolute key to this projects success.  We are putting all measures in place to ensure that these learners can be our future musicians!


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