CTMA, SU & Berklee City Music Outreach 2017

“Learning to live music”


“Music and education transcend borders, languages, and cultures, so this is an extraordinary opportunity for our organizations to work together to forge new paths create opportunities for young people worldwide.”

– Krystal Prime Banfield, Dean, Berklee City Music

During the week of 9-15 June 2017, CTMA together with the Berklee College of Music’s City Music Unit and Stellenbosch University’s Community Music Unit presented Outreach 2017: Learning to Live Music, an educational pro series and performance intensives for students and teachers devised by Berklee City Music.

Held at the Stellenbosch University conservatoire, the week consisted of an exciting workshop series presented by 6 of Berklee’s top faculty to a selection of high school music pupils and teachers; tertiary students and professional musicians and mentors from around the Western Cape.

High school and music school teachers and pupils from areas as far as Steenberg, Khayalitsha and George took part in a special one day school workshop on Sunday 9 June. A week-long workshop was then held from 10 – 15 June for students from the Stellenbosch University Certificate Programme in Music Literacy. This program teaches music skills to students who have not had access to music tuition and would like to acquire necessary skills to qualify to follow a degree in music.

The workshop also had a mentor focus – part of the workshop was specially designed for professional musicians who were also teachers and tutors to enhance their teaching skills and sensitivity to working with youths. They had the opportunity to receive tutoring in Berklee’s online PULSE Music Method as well as a course in Music Production presented by international music producer and Grammy winner, Prof Prince Charles Alexander. The courses attracted 20 of SA’s top musos from institutions like UCT, UWC, SU and various private tutoring schools and community music projects.

The week concluded with a public showcase concert held at the conservatoire’s Fismer hall on the Thursday evening. Participants performed to a full house and the evening concluded on a high note as faculty, students and mentors jammed together to a jazzy version of the local favourite, “Pata Pata”.

In the wake of the success of OUTREACH 2017, CTMA and Berklee City Music in conjunction with Stellenbosch University plan to again facilitate a similar event in September 2018.