Winds of change

2018-10-02 06:00

His passion for music and sharing his passion with learners are the reasons for Merlin Julie being involved with members of the Steenberg High School Wind Band. The band will be perform at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November at the Masque Theatre.

Julie, a well known pianist, organist and woodwind specialist is also at the University of Stellenbosch in the Music Certificate Programme and also works in the Rural Engagement programme at Maties.

The Steenberg High School Wind Band was established as a Musiquelaine SA initiative by Lainey Trequesser in March 2013.

The Musiquelaine SA programme’s emphasis is to provide transformation of behavior to children at risk through the discipline of music. The bands are achieving remarkable levels of reading and technical skills and receive ongoing invitations to perform publicly at schools, festivals and departmental functions.

His focus is in the classical and jazz genres and attendees at the Muizenberg Jazz Festival will experience his and the band’s performance first hand.

Julie holds a Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit and New York University, respectively­.

His vocation qualifications include a Bachelor of Music degree in education, coupled with a Teacher’s Licentiate (School Music Diploma) from Rhodes University; BMus (Music Education), MMus (Music Education, Curriculum Development) and MA (Music Therapy).

He is also a part-time teacher at Rondebosch Boys’ Primary, and volunteers also at Floreat and Steenberg primary schools in ther recorder programmes.

He is the director of the Steenberg High School Wind Band Programme and directs school, church and male choirs, wind bands, clarinet ensembles, saxophone quintets, as well as numerous musical productions, nationally and abroad.

In application of his close to four decades of teaching experience, Julie has been responsible for teaching music and instrumental music for grades 8 to 12.

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