Academy gives hope

Seen here during a workshop last year are Tyron Jacobs (instructor) Melvin Williams, Wade Prins and Joshua Meyer.
Seen here during a workshop last year are Tyron Jacobs (instructor) Melvin Williams, Wade Prins and Joshua Meyer.

The Mitchell’s Plain Music Academy, which began in 2013 with one student receiving informal music lessons in a living room, today tutors 170 students.

Trevino Isaacs, principal of both the academy in Mitchell’s Plain and the Kraaifontein Academy of Music, grew up in New Woodlands.

The academy, which tutors students from the northern and southern suburbs, aims to train, educate and empower those that do not have the means to pay for training at established institutions. Its mission is to provide high-quality yet affordable music tuition to all students.

“We want to give the community hope with one vehicle being music,” he said.

According to Isaacs, the high demand for lessons necessitated a move to a bigger space.

“Lessons are now offered at Woodville Primary School,” he said.

Isaacs said they started out teaching piano, drums and the base guitar.

Students come from as far as Tokai, Heideveld and Ocean View to attend the academy.

“We expanded to the northern suburbs about a year and a half ago to accommodate more people,” Isaacs said. “Students from Brackenfell and Parow attend lessons at our branch in Scottsville, Kraaifontein.”

He said although many people still don’t know about the academy in Kraaifontein, awareness is growing.

“We are all about working in the communities and are there to shed light on music,” he said.

Isaacs is self-taught and started playing instruments at the age of nine.

He also studied classical music at Stellenbosch University and has a diploma in financial management from the Stellenbosch Business School. 

Besides the art of playing a chosen instrument, the academy also teaches students what it means to be a musician from a business perspective.

According to Isaacs, some of the students have been with the academy for four years. Students participate in workshops and events to grow their skills and talent. 

“They are exposed to greater things and to what the city has to offer,” he said. 

Isaacs said they wanted to change the perception that there is only violence and gangsterism in Mitchell’s Plain. 

  • The Mitchell’s Plain Music Academy and Kraaifontein Academy of Music offers training to children starting from the age of five. Lessons are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in Kraaifontein and Mitchell’s Plain at a cost of R350. For more information, send an email to info@mitchellsplainmusicacademy.com.
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