2017 / 2018




During 10-15 September 2017, the CTMA and Berklee College of Music (Massachusetts, USA) presented Outreach 2017: Learning to Live Music
– a free, week-long jazz workshop series for high school learners, students, teachers, community and professional musicians. Working closely with Stellenbosch University’s Unit for Community music, and held at Stellenbosch University, the series was presented by six tutors from Berklee City Music in Boston, led by then Dean of Faculty, Krystal Banfield and included Professor Prince Charles Alexander, a multi Grammy awardwinning music producer.
High school and music school teachers and pupils
from areas as far afield as Steenberg, Khayelitsha
and George took part in a special one-day school workshop over the weekend. A week-long workshop was then held for students of the Stellenbosch University Certificate Programme in Music Literacy. Headed by Felicia Lesch, this programme caters for students and community musicians who have little or no access to formal music education. During the week, these students received valuable training from the Berklee tutors in important skills such as ensemble work, improvisation and live performance.

The week also had a mentor focus and workshops which were specially designed
for community and youth workers as well as 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. The week concluded with a full-house showcase concert in the Conservatoire’s Fismer Hall, which was open to the public and there was no admittance fee.



  • High school learners/teachers: 60 from the
    underserved communities of Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Langa, Gugulethu, Retreat, Paarl, Cloetesville, Nyanga, Steenberg and George
  • Students: 40 from Stellenbosch University’s Unit for Community Music Certificate Programme
  • Mentors: 30 music teachers, tutors, community leaders, youth workers and community and professional musicians from UWC, UCT, SU, IMAD, Rainbow Academy, Solms Delta Community Project, Artscape, Mitchells Plain Music Academy, Trevino Isaacs School and various in their private capacity

“My experience with the mentors during my stay at Stellenbosch has been stellar.”
Prince Charles Alexander
Professor: Music Production and Engineering Department, Berklee

“We know ourselves better after this.”
Kaylin Levindal
Bachelor of Music Student: Stellenbosch University

“The skill that they (teachers) transferred to the township kids was really awesome. I hope they (students) will go back to the township and teach others as well what they have learned.”

Babalwa Mentjies
Teacher: IMAD & Professional Musician

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

Krystal Prime Banfield
Vice President: Education Outreach & Social Entrepreneurship, Berklee

“We were very keen to accept the CTMA’s invitation to be part of this initiative with Berklee. Here, we provide a classical-based education for our students. We don’t have the resources to teach jazz as well. That’s why I was really excited to join hands with the CTMA. They gave us the opportunity to offer that skill to our students.”

Felicia Lesch
Lecturer: Community Music, Stellenbosch University

“Every single day I had my mind blown.”
Kaylin Levindal
Bachelor of Music Student: Stellenbosch University

“To see the students excel at this level is why I teach.”
David Alexis
Assistant Professor: Harmony Department, Berklee