To celebrate their first year of training; students of Steenberg High School in Cape Town performed on December 6 2014, and it was a real success!
The Township Orchestra program, made in collaboration with great South African composer and trumpeter Ian Smith and with association Musiquelaine S.A., uses music as a vehicle for academic success and social integration at Steenberg High School, school situated in Cape Flats, townships marked by violence and insecurity and where future prospects are limited.
Learning an artistic activity is a strong and effective way to achieve this academic rehabilitation. By placing students in a learning situation that requires discipline, patience and ability to work in a group, it eases “the art of learning” and “understanding”, while encouraging, thereby, a valuation of their individual and collective work.
The program extends over a period of four years and a group of 50 students with an average age of 13 attend classes. Students are introduced to jazz and traditional music and each of them looks after the instrument entrusted to them at the beginning of the project.