Ronnie Samaai Music Education Project

The Ronnie Samaai Music Education Project, formerly the Western Cape Music Education Project, was established in 1997 by renowned  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.

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