Donation of Musical Instruments to the Ramotshere Moiloa Sub Distrcit by the National Department of Arts and Culture.
Mr. Modisane, a Creative Arts senior education specialist (SES), invited the National Department of Arts and Culture to the workshops which were held in March 2018, facilitated by Tswellopele Lekgotla la Bataki le Setso. These workshops were conducted for three days and focused on Drama, Dance and Visual Arts. It was at these workshops that the National Department of Arts and Culture made a commitment to partner with the sub-district and run music workshops in September 2018. This was after the realisation that Music as an art form, needs to be given more attention and teachers be trained.
These Indigenous Music workshop were planned, scheduled and ran from the 25-27.09.2018 at Zeerust Shallima Park Hall where Grade 7-9 teachers were trained in theoretical and practical concepts.
The subject Creative Arts provides exposure to and study of a range of art forms including dance, drama, music and visual arts (including design and crafts) from Grade R to Grade 9. The main purpose of the subject Creative Arts is to develop learners as creative, imaginative individuals who appreciate the arts and who have the basic knowledge and skills to participate in arts activities and to prepare them for possible further study in the art forms of their choice in Further Education and Training (FET).
The workshop has in one way or the other attempted to achieve the purpose narrated above. Teachers came out of the three day workshop having the skills to interpret music theory, play Marimba instruments and Djembe drums.
The National Department of Arts and Culture has donated five sets of Marimbas and Djembes which will benefit teachers and learners. Having been trained for three days, teachers will train learners how to play these instruments and the sub district office will monitor the implementation of this program on regular basis.
Indigenous Music Project is a program ran by Steel Pan Marimba Youth Project in conjunction with the National Department of Arts and Culture. The National Department of Arts and Culture has contracted the Steel Pan Marimba Youth Project which is a non-profit organisation to work with schools by manufacturing and training creative arts teachers to play Marimba and Djembe drums.
“We thank the National Department of Arts and Culture and Steel Pan Marimba Youth Project for having capacitated our teachers and this will ensure that curriculum and the sub district objective are achieved.
It is Nelson Mandela who said “it always seems impossible until it is done”. We wish Creative Arts teachers and learners all the best with this new venture and hope that it will benefit schools, sub-district and education department.” From Mr. Modisane (Creative Arts Senior Education Specialist)