Kurt Rustin aims to uplift his community by teaching them to play in a band.Rustin, who lives in Lotus River, recently launched music classes at the AFM Church in Alice Road in Grassy Park, to be conducted by him and two other music teachers every Saturday from 09:00 to 10:00.“The idea behind it initially was more of a business idea, but the whole thing changed when we geared it more towards the community, trying to empower them by getting them involved. Music is a form of upliftment which exposes them to something good,” says Rustin. He ran a registration drive to draw interested people to the classes, which cost R40 per hour. Lessons will be given in drumming, bass as well as keyboard.“The aim of the programme is that once the people are fully taught and are up and running as musicians, the aim is to get them to play in their local churches, whether it is at our church or the church they belong to. The aim is to play at church or even join the church and play there every Sunday,” he explains. Rustin has been drumming since he was 12, which is also the discipline he will be teaching at the weekly classes.“We used to have a music school at our school back in 2003 for two years. My father is actually a drummer too, as well as my brother. My father is a pastor at the church, so my roots are firmly in the church, and I play at the church every Sunday. I also studied music and one of my aims was to open a music school and expand to different areas, but my main aim was to teach other drummers specifically,” adds Rustin.Rustin would have liked to incorporate more disciplines into the classes, but he is happy his team can at least offer keyboard and bass lessons.“A band does not only consist of a drummer, so you need to train up a band,” he explains, adding: “Obviously we only offer drumming, bass and keyboards, so I have been trying to get more instruments on board to be taught, but the challenge is getting more teachers involved for different instruments. I tried to get in a spiritual dancing teacher as well, and asked a few other people, but they have not come to the party yet.”Because the classes are being run out of the church, he says that naturally the music he will be teaching will be Christian based, but Rustin says it is not merely just about teaching someone to play an instrument.“It is not only about teaching you to play an instrument, but also to teach you about the characteristics of a musician. You can’t just turn up to play – you need discipline. You need to be on time and all those things. It’s those sorts of characteristics you need to learn and have. For a person, especially when working with people from the community, you don’t know who is going to come to the music school. So we need to raise them up, because besides being a musician, those characteristics are important for you in life as well in order to avoid you going down the wrong path in life.”V Call Kurt Rustin on 078 458 6662.