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 advanced 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 these projects success. Involving the whole community in this project is key to its success.

 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 his/her own violin to practice 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.

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 project’s success.  We are putting all measures in place to ensure that these learners can be our future musicians!



Masidlale Recorded for Cool Classic Kidz on Fine Music Radio (aired 27/08)

5 Masidlale learners were selected by Maria to record for the Cool Classic Kidz program on Fine Music Radio.  They were taken to the studio and recorded with piano accompaniment (for the first time ever) like true professionals.  Each one also did a short interview.  After the program was aired a person called into the station inquiring about the project.  Many listeners AND FMR personnel did not know that CPO had a strings project – but they certainly do now.

Performance at Grand Café for “I was shot foundation”

10 children from Masidlale played at a function at the Grand Café.  They were very well received and did an excellent job.  All our teachers and project leader performed with them.

Sonwabo School Concert

Nolovuyo organized a school concert at Sonwabo Primary.  The rest of the school was so excited that they all joined in and eventually presented a Heritage day concert at the Gugulethu Community hall.  We had to take violins over from the other schools since this was the first time that all 40 students performed together.  They also accompanied the choir.  The Violin students’ parents attended and had the opportunity to see them perform.  Congratulations to Nolovuyo for all the arrangements and hard work!

 Siyabulela Primary performed at the opening of the Langa Museum

The learners of Siyabulela Primary, under Siyathemba’s direction, had their first public performance.  They performed at the City of Cape Town’s opening of the Langa museum and had the Mayor as an audience.  They did exceptionally well as this was their very first performance and they have only been doing violin since the start of the year.  Some learners from Hlengisa Primary also performed.  We made a point of giving other learners in the program to also have the opportunity to perform – for many it was also their first!

Masidlale performed at Showcase Concert

16 learners performed at the CPYO Outreach and Education Showcase concert as curtain raiser to the CPYO and CPYWE.  Transport was also provided to their parents and teachers.  Special mention needs to be made of our driver Mogamat Davis, who started with transport at 7:00 Saturday morning and dropped off the last people at 23:00.

It was very important for us to include their parents in this concert so that they can experience first-hand what their children are involved in.  The Masidlale learners also had the opportunity to listen to the Orchestra’s and see their teachers perform in an orchestra.  They played very well – once again it was a first to many of them.

Masidlale performed at The Artscape National Youth Festival

The Masidlale kids welcomed all the quests in the foyer with their beautiful playing, setting the tone for an evening of excellent music performed by our Youth.

Performing at the Orchard 10 Masked Ball at the Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront

The Masidlale kids were treated to a wonderful lunch got dressed in the hotels spa (like true VIP’s) and performed to many celebrities including the Top Billing Team.  Their teachers looked like true celebrities!  They were featured of Top Billing and Expresso (TV 3) please see link:


Masidlale Performed at Centre of the Book for the

Young Presidents Organization 17 November 2011


Masidlale was invited to perform at Centre of the book by the Young Presidents Organization.  Eight senior students were selected for this performance as it was within their school exams, but they still committed to giving a superb performance. Very positive feedback was received.


First Ever Music Exams at Sonwabo, Hlengisa and Siyabulela Primary

All Masidlale project learners played their very first music exams.  Some of the less advanced learners were evaluated in a group class but all the advanced students played an individual exam.  Some were very nervous since they are accustomed to play in a group but all did very well.  It was now possible to evaluate all 120 learners and identify the leaners that showed exceptional talent.  Care will be taken to fast-track these learners. All learners will receive a music report that provides them and their parents with valuable feedback and encouragement.

The launch of the first Suzuki Teachers Training Course in Cape Town took take place at the Tea Room in the Company Gardens on Sunday, 11 December at 17:00.

This event included a public  Suzuki masterclass which will be attended by violin teachers from South Africa, Canada, America and Europe. It gave violin students in the city and children from the Masidlale Music Teaching Project in Langa, Nyanga and Guguletu an opportunity to participate in this very special event and attain valuable experience.

Maria Botha, the CPO’s Masidlale Project Leader says, “The event is to celebrate the achievements of the violin students who have attended classes throughout the year”.

Masidlale performing at Nederburg Wine farm on 26 November 2011.


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