07/2023

Greetings to you all from of Africa Music school organization team. Below are the happenings at AMS and other projects/outreaches under AMS in the months of Jan, Feb and March.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES WORKED ON

AMS BRASS BAND AND ORCHESTRA
AMS brass classes have been ongoing led by Mr. Kalema Francis and Kamoga Najib and great improvement among the playing of the children has been noticed. The children’s turn up has also been good as recorded in the monitoring and evaluation tool compared to that of last year.

From the month of March, the teachers have emphasized one to one classes per child in preparation for the music recitals that shall take place on 1st/July where each child shall play a site reading song and this shall be inform of exams.

Mr. André from German has also been of great contribution towards the improvement of the children in playing by having online lessons once in a week and still one to one. This helped to identify each child’s weak areas and worked upon them.

CHALLENGES
Children’s turn up is on and off especially during school times

CEVIC MUSIC PROJECT FOR THE BLIND
Africa Music school is running a music education project at CEVIC school for the blind where 2 teachers go to CEVIC ad teach music to 50 children with visual impairment. Brass band, singing and dancing are the main activities at CEVIC. With the ongoing music education at Cevic, there is great improvement in the children’s music performance as assessed; most children prefer music education among all the activities in school. The 3 days in a week are utilized well and the number of children playing the brass instruments has increased from 8 to 12 and they can now play different tunes. They are taught by teacher Ismail who is also blind and teaches the keyboard as well. During the singing activity led by teacher Denis, the choir is accompanied by the key board which is also played by the blind child. Dancing is one activity that many thought the blind children could not do, but surprisingly the children are trained by teacher Denis different dances like the traditional dance and they are doing it well. At CEVIC school for the blind, there happened a concert named “we can do it” at Cevic where the children performed inform of entertainment, the different music skills that they had attained in the short while. The performance included brass, singing and dancing. It was a success and this was all possible with support from Music for children.

CHALLENGES
However, there are some challenges encountered at CEVIC during the music lessons, they include:

  • There are fewer instruments and yet more children are interested in learning brass instruments.
  • There is need for more time for music lessons since the children are impaired
  • It was quite a challenge to attain costumes that were used in the “we can do it” concert.

SAXOPHONE CLASSES
The saxophone classes are as well on going with teacher Claire. In the first classes the saxophone classes had only 4 children that is 3 girls and one boy and they are now doing better in playing. By the end of April, saxophone classes had attained 11 more children and now the class has a total number of 15 children all ready and willing to learn. The first four are progressing well and can now play beautiful sound out of the instrument and the other 11 are still at the beginners’ level.

CHALLENGES

  • The saxophone classes have been ongoing well however there have been some challenges faced in the due course.
  • The busy schedule of the children since it was school time.
  • Insufficient instruments since the number of children has increased and the available ones are also in poor condition.

THE BUSUNJU OUTREACH
Africa Music School has extended its music outreach in different communities and Busunju is one of them. Busunju is a rural area where there a children who are talented and would love to attain music education but can’t access it. Traditional music and dance is the main activity in this activity and is led by Teacher Kamya Twaha. He teaches traditional instruments ie adungu madinda ndingidi and panpipe, all traditional dances and folk songs. The outreached has reached 50 children who are actively involved in the music activities. Sofar, he has introduced basics of 8 dances and has fully cariographed 2 of them. And the instrumentalists can play various tunes with instruments. He comments that the children and parents are very thankful for such activities in their community.

In Busunju outreach children learning the traditional instrument called panpipe

CHALLENGES

  • High transport cost to and from the outreach.
  • Since its rural area the main economic activity is farming so classes are less attended to during the rainy season for sewing.
  • Turn up is also low during the school times.

 

THE GGABA OUT REACH
This is also another outreach where music on the wheels reaches. Brass lessons is the main activity in this It is a slum area and hard to reach where children in this locality have that love for music but could not access it initially but thanks to AMS they are now fully attaining quality music education at no charge. It is led by teacher Isaac and he says, the children are progressing well and get better with their instrument every lesson they can play the C scale and some tunes like Baby Jesus and According to the monitoring forms, the project started with 4 children and has now attracted more totaling to 16 children. The teacher reports that besides the 16 on the attendance there are more 5 younger ones below 5 years who also try to learn the music.

CHALLENGES

  • They have less space to carry out the lessons and its congested which causes noise pollution in the area.
  • Classes are only one day in a week therefore progress is also low.
  • Few instruments taken to the outreach due to transport means and costs.

PIANO CLASSES
This is another class run at AMS led by Teacher Tony. The class has a total number of 6 children who are willing and ready to learn. The teacher uses melodians as supportive tools for personal instruments.

Unfortunately the class was put at a standstill due to unfore seen circumstances but will resume during the holiday.

 

MAJOR SUCCESS ACHIEVED

VISITOR
In the month of Feb, AMS hosted a well-wisher visitor from Italy known as Paola. She was at AMS for 10 days and she appreciated the great work done to change and improve the lives of the children.

MUSIC EXHIBITION
In the month of March, AMS had a music exhibition in Busunju since it was a new outreach and it was new to the community. The exhibition was aimed at creating awareness to the community people of what AMS is bringing in the community. Main participants were children from AMS main Centre who performed to the people different items like brass performance of both site reading and memory songs and traditional music and dance. It was a success and most parents registered their children to be part of AMS activities.

FOOD SUPPORT
AMS has successfully been able to provide a meal to the children that come to learn music at AMS. Since food is one of the basic needs for a person and most of our children come from poor families and cannot afford two meals a day, a meal they get at AMS is of great importance to help them feel better and as well focus on music. AMS feeds 50 children with posho and beans as food and some days children are merely given porridge. Only children that attain music skill at AMS main Centre get this opportunity.

There is a challenge that this program is not well funded and sometimes run out of food in the store and children miss out on food for some days.

T-SHIRTS
We successfully had some more t-shirts bought for the children and the staff members to improve on their smartness. 8 t-shirts were made for music teachers and stuff in colour black indicating music teacher. This was aimed at motivating them, easy identification and improve on smartness.

40 t-shirts were made for the children as uniforms that are used during performances. This also boosted morale of the children, improve smartness and marketing of Africa music School Organization.

SCHOOL SUPPORT
Besides music, every child has the right and deserves to attain formal education though most children from poor families cannot afford for better education. AMS has extended her hands to reach out and support a few children with school fees so that they can as well study and at least learn how to read and write and get knowledgeable and improve their lives. There are 8 children under this program though they are not fully supported. The target is not yet reached due to limited funds and yet there are more children that need this kind of support.

BAND PERFORMANCES
There have been a few performances by the brass band which was hire for match performances and this contributed to the income of AMS.

ATTAINED MORE INSTRUMENTS
Africa Music School has attained more instruments to help in running the classes and solve the problem of few instruments. Music for children donated some instruments to be used by children at AMS and these instruments include trumpets, trombones, cornets flugo horn, saxophones, recorders and melodeons. They are all in good condition and are well utilized by the children and well maintained. Big thanks to Music for children.

 

WHAT IS FOCUSED ON NEXT QUARTER
Music recitals for children
Music classes
Volunteers

Special thanks to AMS Executive director, staff and teachers, parents and children, well-wishers and friends of AMS and those that contribute towards this great work inform of funds, prayers, advise and ideas. We bigly appreciate please keep it up.

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1 Comment

  • Septimia
    Posted November 14, 2023 6:29 pm 0Likes

    Hi

    Keep up the good work , we are figuring out possibilities to support AMS by music communities in Amsterdam
    Like the accufanfare.NL en MoToTroko

    Greetings Septiem & Jos
    ( Francis visited us in Amsterdam)

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