Even stroke won’t stop guitar teacher

2016-04-12 06:00
Dextry Erasmaus is ready to carry on doing what he loves, despite suffering a stroke. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Dextry Erasmaus is ready to carry on doing what he loves, despite suffering a stroke. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Dextry Erasmaus (50) from Coniston Park says not even a stroke could stop him from doing what he really loves.

Erasmaus had a severe stroke last year which forced him to shut down his music school which he operates from his garage. His love for music helped him to push himself to recover so that he could go back to teaching music to children from his area.

After six months of learning to play the guitar, Erasmaus tests his pupils by asking them to play what they have been learning without looking at a book. Those who pass are awarded with certificates.

Teaching children from six and up, he says he wants his community to know that he is back to running his nine-year-old music school.

At the moment there are only three people attending school, which reopened last month. He says he lost a lot of people after he fell ill, but he is building towards growing the numbers again.

Erasmaus currently plays for the St Josephs’ church band.

Looking at the knowledge that he gained since he started music at the age of 16, he says the only thing he could do was to teach others.

“I was taught by a very good person and I thought it will be good to teach other kids as well. I really enjoy it. Music is my life and I want to share my love for music with the others in my community. They are really committed and that fills my heart with joy,” he says.

Their practice session is on Monday and Thursday is from 19:00 and Saturday afternoon from 15:00 until 17:00.

With him opening his doors again he is worried that the guitars he has won’t be enough for the children that will come to him, and he needs help.

“I really need help with more guitars. I only have two. Sometimes some children bring their own guitars, but others don’t have,” he says.

“I love what I do and the kids really enjoy it. It keeps them busy and they don’t have time to loiter on the streets. I really love doing this; that’s why I had to push myself to recover so that I can teach. Music is close to my heart.”

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