In 2007 was formed to address the ongoing lack of cultural stimulation which faces the youth and the community as a whole in Hout Bay. KMA’s main focus has always been to provide music education in as many forms and styles as possible to Hout Bay’s under-privileged and economically challenged communities, while fostering a platform from which to initiate racial and social interaction and integration amongst the three very distinct communities in the area:
- Imizamu Yethu informal settlement
- The Hangberg fishing village
- The affluent ‘valley’ residents
While there are many professionals from various walks of life involved in the administration, funding and development of the Academy, the nature of our specific organisation is that it requires a creative and innovative approach in order to secure a viable future which helps to realise the vision of the KMA family.
Starting from scratch, KMA initiated individual music tuition, group activities, ensembles, workshops and community events. Our activities have successfully united members from the different areas in Hout Bay and the Academy has become synonymous with integration development.
Our teachers specialize in double bass, cello, violin, classical guitar, folk/rock and jazz guitar, piano, vocal training, recorder, drum kit, flute, clarinet and saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone and euphonium. At any given time we have a minimum of 120 learners involved in either individual, or ensembles and group lessons on a weekly basis.
The methodology is designed to be fluid and adapts to the needs of the learners and logistical challenges of the community at large. We have managed to maintain our initial activities and develop to a point where we are also currently offering various workshops, weekly community singing evenings and regular performances. We are also dedicated to the holistic development of our pupils, focusing on a different “non-music” theme for each term: e.g. gardening, swimming, group counselling etc.
This is where we stand at the moment, but as adequate funding is accumulated we aim to provide a much wider range of platforms for musical development, integration, exploration and expression.
In 2012 we moved into a beautiful Cape Dutch home, “Oakburn”, dating back to 1847, where all our operations are based. As we continue to grow, however, one of our focus points is to create a Performance Arts Centre for Hout Bay, containing everything from practise rooms and recording facilities to versatile performance spaces and, most importantly, a theatre.
|Kronendal Music Academy
153 Empire Road
Tel: +27 21 790 4457