MusicWorks partners with communities in Cape Town’s marginalised neighbourhoods where violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and the high incidence of HIV/Aids have left many children vulnerable.
We act through invitation. Rather than acquiring our own fixed premises, we prefer to operate as a “travelling” service, practising Music Interventions on the premises of communities who invite us to do so.
Heideveld primary and Woodlands Primary, Heideveld
Heideveld is a community on the Cape Flats that was first developed in 1962 and is situated within the Greater Athlone area.
It is characterised by the strong presence of gang activity, substance abuse, high levels of unemployment and learners who drop out of school.
We run our Creative Resilience Programme at Woodlands Primary (Grade 6) and our in-school African Dance programme at Heideveld Primary (Grade 4 and 5).
Holy Cross Primary, Zonnebloem
Holy Cross Primary is situated in what was originally known as District Six, a vibrant community that was decimated by the apartheid government during the dark period of forced removals in which families were separated and communities fragmented.
However, the culture of the schools situated within this community has remained and is driven to create a nurturing environment where life-long learning is encouraged.
Prince George Primary, Lavender Hill
Lavender Hill is a community on the Cape Flats outside Cape Town where gang violence is rife.
We are currently working at Prince George Primary school in Lavender Hill where we run African Dance Workshops and Marimba groups with Grade 4 and 6 learners and during and after school hours (Music for Life Programme).
Friends Day Care, Maitland
Friends Day Centre is a Non-Profit-Organisation based a short distance from Cape Town’s city centre. It is a school and care facility for up to 120 learners with severe and profound disabilities.
MusicWorks provides weekly music therapy sessions for individuals and groups.
St Vincent’s RC Primary School, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
St Vincent’s RC Primary School is a primary schools situated in Koelenhof, outside of Stellenbosch in Cape Town’s winelands. It serves learners from Kayamandi township and Koelenhof.
MusicWorks runs weekly sessions, offering the Creative Resilience Programme to Grade 6 learners.
Zimasa Primary School, Langa
Langa (sun in isiXhosa) was established in 1927 and is one of the oldest townships in South Africa with the area playing a pivotal role in the resistance against the apartheid government.
Zimasa Primary School is situated in one of Langa’s main roads and is a school that prides itself on its academic and arts-based successes, despite its lack of resources.
MusicWorks runs weekly after-school marimba sessions for Grade 6 children.
Music Therapy Student Placements
Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital: Intellectual disability unit
Heideveld Primary School: Situated within the Heideveld community
Sites where we have previously conducted programmes
- Fikelela Children’s Centre, Khayelitsha
- Home from Home, Khayelitsha
- Sibongile House Day & Night Care Centres, Khayelitsha
- Woodlands Primary School, Heideveld
- Nomzamo Place of Safety, Langa
- Brooklyn Chest Tuberculoses Hospital, Milnerton
- Badisa, Wynberg
- Western Cape Rehab Centre, for persons with physical disabilities, Mitchell’s Plain
- Tenterden Place of Safety, Wynberg
- Etafeni Day Centre, Nyanga
- Thembacare, Athlone
- Leliebloem Youth Care Centre, Crawford
- Linawo House, Pinelands
- Nazareth House, Vredehoek
- City Mission Educational Services, Athlone
- South African Children’s Home, Cape Town
- St Anne’s Shelter, Cape Town
- Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital (closed down)
- Valkenberg Hospital, Observatory
Also read about how music works, our programmes and the context of our work.