About the Outreach Foundation’s Music Centre
The Hillbrow Music Centre was started in 1998 on behalf of the Outreach Foundation as part of the arts and culture program in response to the overwhelming need for extra-curricular activities after school and over weekends for children and youth. Due to the limited opportunities for music education in Hillbrow and the surrounding inner-city despite the obviously large and enthusiastic pool of talent in the area, the HMC primarily provide access to music education as an alternative after-school activity for children and youth in Hillbrow and the surrounding inner-city areas. The project aims to keep children and youth off the streets and provide them with activities that support their holistic development. Experience has shown that learning to play an instrument and musical appreciation impacts on a child’s personal and socio-economic development.
Whilst studying music, children/youth also learn logical thinking; develop their concentration skills; long-term memory and their coordination. The programme provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to discover their creative and artistic abilities: an opportunity that is not available to them in school. Added to this, concert performances provide the opportunity for beneficiaries to explore other places outside Hillbrow for a few hours and allow them to socialise with children from different socio-economic groups, this boosts their self-confidence. furthermore working in groups has shown that communication skills are enhanced in preparation for concerts. Participation is voluntary (usually with no parental encouragement) and the sheer number of applicants over the years is evidence of the community’s need for a music centre such as that provided by the Outreach Foundation.
What we offer
Tuition is currently offered in piano, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, marimba, guitar as well as the recorder, saxophone and clarinet. Over 18-year-olds may register for; drums, electric bass, electric piano and marimba. Theory of music and music appreciation are offered as an integral part of the instrument study.The HMC provides both formal (instrument study and music theory) and informal (group work and workshops) music tuition to some 105 students by 8 qualified music tutors.
Classes are held weekdays in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings. The students are also encouraged to participate in quarterly concerts giving them the opportunity to showcase their creative skills and development.There is no minimum age requirement to participate in the programme and very young students and other beginners are introduced to the basics of music appreciation on recorders in group-classes before choosing another instrument to learn. To be part of the music centre, a registration form should be completed. This can be done at Outreach Foundation’s reception.