Since it was established in 2009 and  launched on May 24, 2010,  as the first phase in the CPO’s cycle of music education, Masidlale and its teachers, mainly musicians formerly in the CPYO who were identified as teachers, have trained several hundred primary school musicians.

Masidlale’s teaching staff

From left: Ash-lee Louwskieter, Siyathemba Nteta, Odile Burden, Thami James, Noluvuyo Maha, Tembisa Ntshongontshi and Monica Dadase
Inset:  Community Manager Carol Mduma

Activities take place at several campuses from schools in Langa, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Green Point and Khayelitsha to the Artscape Theatre Centre and at the Music Academy in Cape Town. Learners perform in their schools and in the community, and in gala performances at the end of the year. Talented students are fast-tracked to the Music Academy.

Masidlale employs six teachers, including a music theory teacher, and also a Community Arts Co-ordinator, responsible for the safety and welfare of the children.

Here’s how you can make a difference!

Help the CPO make a difference in the community

Here are some options for ongoing sponsorship, especially of teachers which also helps support families:

Per child:
• Use of an instrument, transport, refreshments
R100 per month

• Weekly or one month’s group lessons
R150 / R600

• External exam fees (Theory and Practical)
R1,000 a year

• Music lessons for a year, including transport

• Full sponsorship including lessons, transport, exam fees

• Sponsor a teacher per lesson/week

• Sponsor a public performance and receive recognition

Contact: Suzanne Aucamp
Tel: 087 164 2168 | Email:

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