Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music - CMCM




3 Chohens band visited CMCM - 25 September, 2015

CMCM and Birmingham Conservatoire - teaching positions available at CMCM! - Celebrate Youth Day with us at the CMCM and much more...

January - Welcome Bongeka Qhanga and Zanele Ndlovu

Sunday, December 2014 - End of Year concert - Entrance Free!

2014 End of Year Report

End of Year 'Open Day' concert - December 1, 2013


Concert at the Soweto Theatre - November 23, 2013

FREE String Masterclass and Orchestral Workshop at CMCM - 19 July 2013

Arirang Quintet at CMCM - Saturday 1 June @ 13h00

Saturday 13 April 2013 - Open Day at CMCM

UNISA Theory of Music and Practical Musicianship workshop at the CMCM!

Thank You!

Global Music Academy at CMCM

CMCM - Open Day at the Centre, 24 November, 2012

UNISA International Jazz School - Workshop

TEDxSoweto at the CMCM

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra from Minnesota, visiting the CMCM

Fatima Choir at the CMCM

Videos from the Opening Ceremony, 29 May 2011

CMCM Background, Governance, Syllabuses and Academic Accreditation































































































































































































































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CMCM Entrance: 5635 Mtembu Street, Central Western Jabavu, 1809 Soweto (behind the Morris Isaacson High School - the MIHS' entrance is located on Mputhi Street)

TEL.: 011 930-5045

We offer:

- Elementary Music Training at Pre Schools and Day Care Centres in Soweto

- Music lessons and ensemble & choir work

- Community Centre activities


The Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music Early music training programme is running at Pre Schools and Day Care Centres in Soweto. The CMCM music teachers are on weekdays visiting Siyacathula Day Care, Asha Pre-School, Peaceful Day Care, Salvation Army Crèche, Seoding Pre School and Morris Isaacson Crèche.

Apart from playful singing and dancing, the participating children are offered elementary music literacy training, and as instruments we have introduced pennywhistles, xylophones and djembes. It is our aim to in this way create interest in music at a early stage and to discover and support especially talented children living in the CMCM surrounds. In a few years time we hope to see many of the children, enrolled at our centre for private as well as group tuition in an array of subjects and instruments.


Currently over 100 students are enrolled at the CMCM learning either pennywhistle, djembe, guitar, piano, violin, cello, drum kit or trumpet. In additon they each receive a weekly theory lesson, attend the CMCM choir and the string, pennywhistle and djembe ensembles. A further 170 very young learners are enjoying our Early Childhood Development programme.

Many learners attend CMCM from local schools and churches, whilst others travel from further afield.

Our aim is to expand our teaching in 2015, welcoming new staff and students to join in the joy of music education at the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music.See More

In collaboration with our partners, not the least the Morris Isaacson High School, we hope to create a music faculty at this high school. It would be the first of its kind in Soweto, and the constellation, CMCM and the Morris Isaacson High School - together, on the same premises - is perfect for a realisation of such plans.



APRIL 2 2017

New Guinness World Record?!?

Below the photo please find how you can join, support, and watch Alistair's progress in the Half Marathon live!

Our Arco Teacher and Champion Alistair Rutherford attempts to set a Guinness World Record and same time he is raising funds for Arco - Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music distance learning project in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire #violacostume #runningviola Go Alistair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photo: Alistair training in his viola costume

Alistair says: "One evening whilst in our local pub myself and fellow Arco teacher Matt Johnstone joked about a Guinness World Record involving both the things I love; running and the viola.
"12 weeks later my application was accepted by Guinness World Records to attempt the record for the fastest half marathon dressed as a musical instrument at the Liverpool Half Marathon!
"Training has been going well and I am aiming to beat the record that currently stands at one hour, 26 minutes and 57 seconds."
Alistair's raising money for Arco through his record attempt via JustGiving and you'll be able to follow his progress in the Half Marathon on 2 April via Facebook Live

Photo: Alistair teaching at our CMCM in Soweto


Arco Festival, the first in a row of two planned for 2017, soon commencing!

A culmination of over two years of cross continental collaboration and very hard, wonderful work! Arco teachers from Birmingham Conservatoire directed by Louise Lansdown are again travelling Birmingham to Soweto for the second Arco Festival at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto. The Festival includs public concerts, intensive individual tuition, quartet lessons, instrument specific classes, listening classes and much, much more.

Saturday 1st April
10:00 Festival Welcome and Concert - Louise Lansdown and Lucy Nolan
To include Viola Duos by Telemann, Kaliwoda, Bartok and Lutoslawski

Tuesday 4th April
10:00 Louise Lansdown and Daliwonga Tshangela
Hindemith Duo for Viola and Cello

Wednesday 5th April
10:00 Serge Cuca, Lucy Nolan, Louise Lansdown, Daliwonga Tshangela
Haydn: Seven Last Words (a selection)

15:30 Hear all 24 Arco Students as soloists in this afternoon showcase

Thursday 6th April
10:00 Chris Bishop, Kabelo Monnathebe, Louise Lansdown, Lucy Nolan, Daliwonga Tshangela
Mozart: Horn Quintet in E flat K407

15:00 Festival Culmination Concert - Featuring all Arco students,
including Arco Orchestra and 6 Arco String Quartets


20 to 24 AUGUST 2016

Welcome to our ARCO Festival at CMCM celebrating young string talent, collaboration and the joy of music!

Address: Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, 5635 Mtembu Street, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto (behind the Morris Isaacson High School)

THE ARCO FESTIVAL is the culmination of eighteen months of cross continental collaboration and very hard, wonderful work! Ten ARCO teachers from Birmingham Conservatoire, Lucy Nolan, George Cooke, Martha Evans, Eileen Smith, Maria Parfitt, Matthew Johnstone, Alistair Rutherford, Laetitia van Wyk and Lieva Starker directed by Louise Lansdown are travelling from Birmingham to Soweto for the Festival at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music. The Festival includes public concerts, the premiere of the ARCO Anthem, intensive individual tuition, quartet lessons, instrument specific classes, listening classes and much, much more.


Saturday 20 August, 09h30 to 10h15 - ARCO teachers from Birmingham Conservatoire perform works by Bach, Palmgren and Ireland and a surprise!

Sunday 21 August, 09h30 to 10h15 - ARCO teachers from Birmingham Conservatoire perform works by Bach, Haxby and Brahms and a surprise!

Wednesday 24 August, 15h15 to 17h30 - ARCO Students’ Final Concert including the premiere of the ARCO Anthem!

3 JULY 2016

Don't miss this GREAT opportunity to hear highly regarded, renowned & inspirational BUSKAID Soweto String Ensemble at our Centre for Music on 3 July @ 2:30 PM - Entry Free - Welcome!



In the brand new distance learning studio at our music centre, our young students are now able to receive tuition from teachers at the Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK!

Tsonga Xincayincayi traditional musicians and dancers, soon energising our CMCM!

Kuri a va langutisi ku bomba ka majaha ya Vatsonga (for them to see our pride)

CDG is a brilliant Tsonga Xincayincayi traditional music and dance troup from Ribungwani village in Limpopo. MIAGI has supported CDG since inception of our organisation in 2001. We have paid teachers salaries and embarked on many national, and three fabulous international tours together, one to Venezuela and two to Europe, where we among others performed at the Audi Sommerkonzerte Festival in Germany for a sold out hall (the same hall by the way, in which the world famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovich had performed the night before).
Many of the by now adult members have moved to Gauteng where they are pursuing various careers. They have of course! also created a Xincayincayi group that gathers regularly, just as they as far as they can remember have been used to gather, on the gravel field under the protecting crown of the huge tree in Ribungwani.
MIAGI went to visit the group while they were rehearsing in Johannesburg the other day (pls see the pic), and we are happy and proud to announce that we have been able to offer them a home in which to rehearse at our Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music in Soweto. CMCM now includes also Xincayincayi traditional music and dance and we are thrilled!


DECEMBER 6, 2015


Follow the link to a MIAGI video on Youtube and enjoy Pata Pata - two of our young guitarists rehearsing for the Year End Concert!


The 3 Cohens band visited Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music!  
(Photo: the eminent jazz band admiring 'our own’ Bheki Hlatshwayo‘s guest appearance).


The band, Yonathan Avishai (Piano), Matt Pennman
(Bass), Ulysses Owens Jr. (Drums), Avishai Cohen (Trumpet),
Yuval Cohen (Soprano Sax), Anat Cohen (Tenor Sax & Clarinet).
has toured from across the U.S. and Europe to Brazil and Australia,
including headlining the Village Vanguard and Carnegie’s Zankel
Hall and among the international acclaim, Financial Times
marveling over its “emotional sweep.”

JUNE 16 2015

Join us for Youth Day Celebration!


A new collaborative project launched between CMCM and Birmingham Conservatoire Strings Department - 'arco - Bridging the Divide' - follow this link to read more about this wonderful project that includes a distance learning programme, and how you can support it.

Over the next year, twenty-four selected students (6 string quartets) from MIAGI will participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons given by teachers at Birmingham Conservatoire in addition to their music lessons in South Africa. They will also benefit from 1-2-1 mentoring and string quartet coaching.


Live event streaming of master classes, workshops and performances taking place within the Strings Department at Birmingham Conservatoire will provide a revelatory level of inspiration, international awareness and participation.


April 2015 - watch the new CMCM video here

Learning Semibreve (Qongqothwane or Click Song), Minim (Owa Mntwana), Crotchet (Umzi Watsha) and The Clap Song with Teachers Bongeka Qhanga & Zanele Ndlovu and the Children

The Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music Elementary Music Training Programme at Pre-schools and Crèches in Soweto

Photos above: CMCM Elementary Music Training teachers Bongeka Qhanga & Zanele Ndlovu and the children at ASHA Amajelli Pre-school

Our CMCM Pennywhistle Ensemble performed at the Sounds of Celebration Concert on17 March - follow this link to a video, where your can hear them performing together with peers from other music education initiatives.


Photo: Young members of our trumpet ensemble at CMCM

JANUARY 2015 - Welcome Bongeka Qhanga and Zanele Ndlovu!

We welcome our new elementary music training teachers who have developed a unique syllabus for the CMCM crèche programme, teaching basic theoretical and practical music through movement, African song and the use of homemade indigenous instruments.

Bongeka Qhanga recently graduated from the University of Cape Town where she studied a Performance Diploma in African Music. She previously studied with the New Africa Theatre Association and is a specialist in, indigenous instruments, African and World Music.

Zanele Ndlovu has performed and given workshops across Africa as a story-teller and musician, playing the single-stringed Umakhweyane. An actress, dancer, songwriter and teacher she is passionate about her heritage and has released her first children’s storybook, now translated into 5 langauges, titled ‘Umakhweyane’.






2014 has seen great achievements from the students and teachers at CMCM.

60 of our students have been the first to represent CMCM in music examinations and took UNISA Practical exams in May and September, UNISA Theory exams in September and Trinity Rock and Pop exams in November. The results were very encouraging, including 5 students achieving Roll of Honour results (90% or above), 18 Distinction results (80%) and 22 Merit results (70%).

CMCM teacher Siboniso Tshabangu has completed the development of his syllabus for djembe. Now begins the process of creating the actual document, getting the sheet music laid out correctly and ensuring that everything is clearly explained. Sibusiso Lerole (pennywhistle) is not far behind him. Both documents, when complete, will be unique and something of which CMCM can boast. Firsts for both instruments, these syllabi will be used alongside the more established syllabi for other instruments to offer graded assessment of students on our ‘indigenous’ instruments.

CMCM received a generous donation of instruments from Europe from the foundation Musikstiftung ENTRÉE- our gratitude goes to the foundation, and to the estabisher of the foundation Jean-Jacques Kravets and his team! - including trumpets, keyboards, guitars, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, cymbals, a samba kit, and woodwind instruments. We can unfortunately not use all the instruments that have been donated without the space to have extra teaching hours but little by little we will be able to expand.

We have worked hard this year to make sure we are running at capacity and there is no wastage. All new students are now auditioned and it has become clear after meetings with the Parents’Committee and the parents themselves, that their role is a very important one in the progress of the students. As of January 2015, each student will have a Homework Diary which will open up a weekly communication between teacher and parent/guardian, making sure that they are fully informed of what the student is working on and how they can assist by monitoring their practice and so on. This also enables the parents to ask questions or raise issues with the teachers.

The teachers are assisting with more in-depth reporting each month. CMCM Principal Chris Bishop is meeting with parents and students personally in cases where issues have been raised regarding absence or lack of progress. At the meeting with parents, Chris expressed how vital it is that parents take an active role in their child’s music education and must offer support between lessons. From all sides we are combating issues and encouraging the students to make the most of their opportunities at CMCM.

Parents have suggested and offered to hold extra-curricular activities on Saturdays in the Morris Isaacson Hall, in order to provide those with spare time with something to do. This is currently being explored. We will also offer a once per term class for the parents covering the basics of music notation, practice and other aspects which will help them to be actively involved with their children’s practice.

We have found two excellent teachers to take over and restructure our crèche programme for 2015. Bongeka Qhanga and Zanele Ndlovu have come on board and are already developing their teaching programme.This will include basic theory, relating notation to performance and making instruments including their own Umakhweyane (an indigenous single stringed instrument). The students will also perform each term to their teachers and parents. The curriculum will be piloted in our existing crèches and hopefully extend to other crèches in the area as our budget allows. This is another excellent opportunity to show our work in the local community and to create an interest in music study from an early age. Hopefully this will have the added advantage that if and when we are able to extend the teaching at CMCM, the new intake will already have a good foundation in music learning.

We are now at a point where we are running CMCM very efficiently and have no further room to extend within our current budget. We must secure the classroom equipment, sheet music and instruments currently needed at the centre and increase the available teaching hours to improve ensemble access and take on more students.



A Day at our Music Centre CMCM - click on the images below for videos from our Djembe and Pennywhistle classes at our Youtube channel - or click the Youtube icons below the pic for a direct link to the video

CMCM Djembe Teacher Siboniso Tshabangu with his Students

CMCM Pennywhistle Teacher Sibusiso Lerole's Students



DECEMBER 1, 2013




End of Year 'Open Day' Concert at CMCM - December 1, 2013


Concert at the Soweto Theatre on 23 November 2013

Young aspiring violinist, percussionist and penny whistle stars studying at Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music performed at the Soweto Theatre on 23 November, 2013! Thank you to the students and their teachers for a lovely performance, and an extra thank you to CMCM violin teacher Daline Wilson for the photos!

CMCM gratefully acknowledges the Soweto Theatre!







FREE String Masterclass and Orchestral Workshop

Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, Soweto is delighted to host Birmingham Conservatoire’s Head of Strings, Louise Lansdown for a FREE string masterclass and orchestral workshop on Friday 19th July, 2013 from 14h00 to 18h00.

To take part in this event as an audience member, watching the soloists and ensembles work, to be part of question and answer sessions and to learn from Ms Lansdown's experience and advice, please e-mail Chris Bishop ( and give your name, age, instrument and contact details.

There are very limited spaces still available to perform as part of the masterclass, either as a soloist or as an existing ensemble (trio, quartet etc.). To be a soloist or ensemble in the masterclass, please also e-mail Chris ( expressing your interest.


South African born, internationally active and vastly recognized performer and teacher, violist Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, after holding the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 2001 to 2012.

Louise who was awarded a PhD from the University of Manchester in 2008 also holds a B. Mus, B. Mus (Hons) (with distinction in Performance) and M. Mus from the University of Stellenbosch. Her greatest musical influences have been Jack de Wet, Eric Rycroft, Lamar Crowson, Alan George, Thomas Riebl, Christopher Rowland, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, members of the Ysaye Quartet and Milan Skampa.


June 1, Saturday @ 13h00 - Arirang Quintet performs at CMCM



Saturday April 13 - from 1pm to 4pm - Open Day at the CMCM - Entrance Free - Welcome!

Performances by CMCM teachers and students - Opportunity for new students to enrol for music lessons - don't miss this great opportunity to learn to know the CMCM!


. UNISA Theory of Music and Practical Musicianship workshop on 16 March 2013



.......................... .THANK YOU!

An architectural pearl by Architect Monty Sack - built on the premises of ot the Morris Isaacson High School, CMCM also serves as an important community centre offering an ideal venue to an array of educational as well as other cultural events

Thank you to Cape Gate Holdings for donating the beautiful CMCM building!


Thank you to the Lotto for generously helping us build the beautiful Centre!


Thank you Department of Arts and Culture for your support towards our on-going music education programme and the upgrading of the centre building!




Thank you Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of South Africa for supporting the CMCM through the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Culture programme!

Thank you Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency - Sida and the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria

Within MIAGI"s partner driven cooperation project funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria through Sida (Swedish international development cooperation agency) we have been able to engage experts from both Lilla Akademien and Fryshuset to assist us in developing the CMCM. Future plans include an extensive string training exchange programme between MIAGI, CMCM and Lilla Akademien as well as introducing Fryshuset's hugely successful 'Passion' programme at CMCM and the Morris Isaacson High School - thank you Sweden!

We would further like to thank the Goethe-Institut for your generous contributio to the CMCM in form of a beautiful and beautifully sounding! Yamaha Grand Piano.

Thank you Embassy of Austria, Pretoria!


CMCM gratefully acknowledges the Soweto Theatre!


Global Music Academy - a programme running under patronage of the German National Commission for Unesco - staged their first full training programme at the CMCM



CMCM Open Day - Children from our Early Music Training Programme performed at our Open Day & Year-End-Event that took place on 24 November 2012

Open Day at the CMCM - 24 November, 14H00 to 18H00 - the CMCM Year-End-Even


UNISA International Jazz School - Workshop at the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music, 27 September 2012


TED Worldwide Auditions - Johannesburg - at the CMCM

May 3, 14h00 to May 4, 23h00 - 2012

Showcasing Africa's ingenuity.

Johannesburg joined Doha, London, Nairobi, Tunis and 9 other cities in hosting TED 2013 Worldwide Auditions, a public search seeking to uncover new talents – voices and ideas the world needs to hear – to speak at TED 2013 in Longbeach, California, themed “The Young, The Wise, The Undiscovered”.

TED curator Chris Anderson, along with TED content director Kelly Stoetzel and TEDxSoweto convener Kelo Kubu, hosted the Johannesburg event.

For more details:

TEDxSowetoChange, April 5, 2012
Time: 15h00 to 20h00

TEDxChange 2012 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange focused on issues surrounding global health and development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event, called TEDxSowetoChange, was one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 5th that expanded on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.


TEDxSoweto 2011 - 24 September - at the CMCM. A dozen local and international presenters spoke and performed under the challenging theme “The Future is Inevitable”.
TEDxSoweto 2011 Programme


The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra from Ninnesota, USA, performed at the CMCM in January 2012! Read their blog describing the occasion here !

Photo above & below (by Anders Bjorling): Members of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra from Minnesota, USA, together with their new South African fans and friends, during their Soweto visit and highly appreciated concert at the CMCM, January 2012



Fatima Choir at the CMCM

The Fatima Choir performed at the CMCM on the 20th of November 2011 – light snacks were also for sale, and money collected went to fund the choir’s participation in a choral competition. 

Fatima Choir is a Soweto based choral group consisting of members that range between ages 16 to 35.   SABC Choristers, Soweto Evangelic Voices and Quaver, were also part of the Fatima Choir Concert. The programme was planned, and the participants engaged, by the Fatima Choir conductor Obakeng K Modise and his assistants.



Videos from the CMCM Opening Ceremony on
29 May 2011 Members of the African Youth Ensemble welcoming the guests into the Centre Hall. Members of the Morris Isaacson High School Choir busking at the party hosted by the donor of the building, Cape Gate Holdings.


CMCM Background, Governance, Syllabuses and Academic Accreditation

In the beginning of 2008, late Mr. Mendel Kaplan (renowned philanthropist and Head of Cape Gate Holdings) agreed to fund the construction of a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto through his foundation - the Kaplan Kuschlik Education Foundation.  The building, the first of its kind in any South African township, serves as a centre for music education as well as a community centre.

The building is on a property, owned by the Gauteng Department of Education.


Much has been written about the interdependency of sustainable development and the flourishing of culture, and about how music can help bridge cultural divide.   The implementation of music education at a very early age has proven to be an extremely valuable tool towards achieving the following:

  • Structured music activities reduce violence and drug abuse among children – music acts as a form of therapy, it helps children cope with negative stress and feelings
  • Focused musical study improves all round academic performance in schools – music training is an ideal form of exercise for the brain
  • Music education awakens creativity – music increases interaction between the right and left brain hemispheres
  • Music study promotes collaboration, cooperation and problem solving skills, contributing to peace and social tolerance during times of social stress – social adaptability and skills are trained especially through participation in  ensembles, orchestras and choirs

Article from 'The Strad' Magazine - August 2010


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the following partners

  1. The Morris Isaacson Centre for Music - Association Incorporated under Section 21 (2009/010066/08) trading as “The Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music”
  2. The Trustees of the Kaplan Kuschlik Education Foundation
  3. Music Is A Great Investment - MIAGI (An Association Incorporated under Section 21, Reg. No. 2001/015788/08)
  4. The Governing Body of the Morris Isaacson High School (MIHS)
  5. The Department of Education of the Gauteng Provincial Government

To co-ordinate the relationship between Morris Isaacson High School and its Governing Body on the one hand and the Company, MIAGI and the Music Centre on the other hand, a joint committee has been established.  This committee is composed from members of the above mentioned bodies.

The Board of the Section 21 Company that was established for the purpose of the centre will oversee the activities of all partners.


MIAGI has received an adequate amount from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) to set up and furnish the centre.  The amount also covers the purchase of instruments as well as the initial running costs for the first twelve months.

The Section 21 Company has qualified for income tax exemption and section 18A approval (PBO Ref. No. 930031852).

One of the main tasks of the Section 21 Company will be to fund raise and build a special fund for the ongoing operations of the centre.

The Gauteng Department of Education has agreed to enter a partnership with CMCM.  The initiation of this partnership is the agreement from the GDE to assist by allocating a number of music teacher posts for the centre.

The centre management will also generate income through a minimal financial contribution by its pupils.  This contribution is subject however to affordability. 

The centre will be the base for interaction within the community, not only for musical development but for community development as well.

The Hall

Planned Activities at the Centre

  • The CMCM will be offering general and practical music tuition, including music theory tuition for the children in Soweto and surrounds.

There are currently eight private music education initiatives in Soweto.  Most of these private initiatives have none or very poor facilities to their disposal. The CMCM will endeavor to act as a facilitator to better co-operation between these private music education initiatives.

    • Instruments that will be taught include the following: voice, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone,  general percussion, saxophones, guitar, piano and keyboards
    • Specifically African instruments will include: marimba, all forms of African percussion instruments, mbira, pennywhistle and a variety of bow instruments such as the umhruhbe
    • Music Theory: music literacy will be accompany the practical tuition – linked to the UNISA curriculum
    • Ensembles: orchestra(s), jazz formations, choirs, indigenous music groups
    • Tutors: The services of devoted and highly competent tutors will be sought, also  in co-operation with existing tutors within the private music education network in Soweto
  • The Centre will interact with the Morris Isaacson School - the youngest at this school are already advanced (grade 8 youth. For them, choir and jazz ensemble programmes, as well as other group instruction programmes, keyboard, guitar, marimba, and voice coaching, will be created
  •  In order to identify younger students, the Centre will connect with primary schools in the area
    • The Centre will so eventually offer the children in these schools a second education plan with stress on music and the arts, but that will strictly connect to and interact with the South African schools curriculum in general
    • In this way it will be a centre for excellence that will also connect the students academically to the Morris Isaacson School and later to the SA Universities
  • The main activities at the Centre will be taking place after school and during week-ends and holidays
  • The Centre will be arranging a wide variety of concerts and workshops to  the benefit of entire community
  • The Centre will host a parents organization
  • The Centre will intensely collaborate with existing music education structures.


The CMCM education plan will follow the UNISA curriculum. The children and youth will be taking part in the graded music examinations offered by the University.

The Directorate Music of the University of South Africa is an Examining Body which offers a system of graded music examinations. Learners can gain recognition at school leaving level for Music studied through and resulting in examinations completed with UNISA; accreditation can be provided by the Department of Education for a National School Leaving level subject, if the requisite theory and practical aspects of music are successfully fulfilled. On the whole, students that have Gr V theory and Grade VI practical can get into university. 

Another important point is that getting in to university to study music is not only a question of music talent/level of skill/qualifications – it is also a question of the matric (old terminology – now National Senior Certificate) marks in general, and the particular combination of subjects studied. That is why the interaction with the Morris Isaacson School academically, will be a very important factor.

Student records will be kept at both the centre and at UNISA. UNISA’s system of record-keeping of candidates’ results is well established – they’ve been running these exams for more than 100 years now.


Building the Centre