The Certificate Programmes in Music fall under the Centre for Community Music, which provides a music programme that caters for those who have little or no access to formal music education. Community musicians can enhance their music literacy skills, and students who wish to continue with higher education can advance their musical and academic competencies, which increases their chance of gaining access to tertiary music study.
Athlone Academy of Music
The Athlone Academy of Music (AAM) is a non-profit organisation established in 1994 with the sole aim of providing music tuition within the Athlone area. This initiative has now expanded and has grown to include the greater Athlone community residing along the Klipfontein corridor including Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Retreat, Steenberg, Atlantis and Malmesbury to name but a few. The Athlone Academy of music aims to provide opportunities for children in the communities served to be active in music education and in so doing, eradicate some of the social pathologies faced on a daily basis.
Ronnie Samaai Project, Kuilsriver
The Ronnie Samaai Music Education Project, formerly the Western Cape Music Education Project, was established in 1997 by reknowned Paarl music educator and violinist, Ronnie Samaai. It operates in Kuilsriver at the Metro East Education District and welcomes students from any area.Transport is provided to and from Khayelitsha. The children range in age from 7 to about 16 years old. Weekly classes on a Saturday morning, including practical instrument performance, music literacy and ensemble play (also dance in the past). The project offers training in orchestral instruments and also recorder. The project places emphasis on hard work, passion for music and commitment beyond minimum requirements. An adequate amount of students from the project have proceeded into tertiary education in music, while others continue the art as a hobby. The project was relaunched as the Ronnie Samaai Music Education Project in 2016 and is currently headed up by Felicia Lesch.
MPAMA, Mitchell’s Plain
The Mitchell’s Plain Academy of Music and Arts mission is to develop children, youth and adults in Mitchell’s Plain through the power of Music and Arts.
The programme aims to keep the children and youth off from the street and away from potential pitfalls like violence, drugs, alcohol and idleness.
Their mission is to create a safe, amiable and educational atmosphere where youth are nurtured and encouraged to grow and develop their talents.
South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
A satellite campus where the Certificate Programmes in Music Literacy are offered was established in 2005 in partnership with the SANDF. Military Musicians and Bandsmen from the Military and Service Bands in South Africa and SADC countries in Africa enrol for these programmes offered at the SA Army Band, Youngsfield Military Base, Cape Town.
South African Military Bands:
SA Army Band Cape Town
SA Navy Band
SA Army Band Kroonstad