Who are we?

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.

Requirements

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.

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Our Goals

We strive to:

Promote cultural growth

Develop creative abilities

Boost memory and coordination

Provide a safe haven

Our Team:

Gerard Bester

-Programme Manager

Madoda Gxabeka

-Drum Teacher

Themba Moyo

-Marimba Teacher

Mubale Amisi

-Piano and Theory

Virginia Pilane

-Administration Assistant

On Our Blog:

Speech and Drama College visit

Thank you to the Speech and Drama College of South Africa for witnessing our work today! For reports, certificates and feedback!
A wonderful beginning to a new partnership for 2020.

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Promoting our work for 2020!

On Wednesday, one of our star participants, Bongiwe Masuku, approached me to ask if the marimba band could play at her awards ceremony at IH Harris in Doornfontein. After visiting the school and negotiating with Mrs Masuku (No relative), we performed at the assembly this morning to much cheer!
Thank you to Quinton Mamabolo for your beautiful work this year and to all the participants for their dedication and passion.

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End of Year Celebration

Join us on the 30th November as we celebrate 2019!

End of Year Celebration – on the 30th November the Outreach Foundation music and theatre programmes join forces to present all works created and presented this year. The day begins at 10am with all our piano and percussion students performing short extracts from their repertoire. Quinton and Themba are collaborating to create a musical theatre work with all the marimba and choir groups. The theatre programme will then present Uncommon Feelings (Barnato Park), an extract from Hillbrowfication (Dorky Park), In My Mother’s Womb (After-school production), Sounds Like You and Me (After-School Production) and New Age Sensation (St Enda’s). An assessor from the Speech and Drama College will examine our theatre works and each participant will receive a report and certificate from the College.
Next year we partner with the Speech and Drama College to introduce their curriculum and engaging with published text for the first time. This promises to be an exciting addition to our yearly programme.

Thank you to Rand Merchant Bank, Bread for the World, Ford Foundation, Department of Arts and Culture, City of Johannesburg, Assitej South Africa, Dorky Park, Drama for Life, GALA, Vuyani Dance, Tsweloele Frail Care Centre, Johannesburg Society for the Blind and all our friends for an inspiring year!

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