Making Music Education Relevant, Current and Integrated Within the South African and African Context

Through working within very diverse sectors in the music and education environment the past 25 years, I have experienced the power, impact and possibilities music and music education bring to all schools, communities and society.

Sadly, most schools in South Africa do not have formal music training (or even informal) due to lack of the realisation of the powerful tool that music provides in reconciliation, nation building and just the celebration of being human.

All humans strive for unconditional love, dignity and acceptance, and that music brings without effort and “every time” – without exception.

Western Classical Music has excluded so many “souls” for such a long time. It is time to bring change.

Music educators needs to have the proverbial “veil lifted” so that they can play an active role in this exciting and passionate journey. The journey starts by acknowledging where we came from and where we are headed.

This requires you to “leave your comfort zone”, be bold and facilitate teaching with passion and responsibility within a safe learning environment for all students.

Laurika STEENKAMP, Somerset College Preparatory School;

 

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