Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme
The Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme was established in 2006 to grant learners from schools in marginalised communities the opportunity to study music during school time. Funded by the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust, learners in this programme receive tuition and musical instruments on loan at virtually no cost.
Although partnership schools vary from time to time Silversands (Delft), Kalksteenfontein (Kalksteen), Matroosbergweg (Belhar), Riebeeckstraat (Belhar) and De Waveren (Ruyterwacht) Primary Schools are the backbone of this programme.
Beginners are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and their basic practical musicianship skills are developed. They learn to play a musical instrument, study theory and participate in ensembles and orchestras. To monitor progress, learners complete bi-annual assessments, and advanced pupils are enrolled for accredited practical and theory music programmes offered by the Directorate Music of Unisa.
Once the primary school learners progress to high school and no longer receive nurturing from one of the partnership primary schools, they become fully-fledged music centre pupils who could apply for financial support via the governing body of the Music Centre.
The Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme provides a safe haven and relief from an environment stricken by poverty and gang-related violence. Exposure to music education advances the reading and arithmetic skills of these participants. Through regular concert performances and attendance, they learn the importance of stage demeanour and concert etiquette. The self-discipline instilled through daily practice sessions develops their focus, self-awareness and self-esteem, and teaches them that hard work and responsibility are critical for achieving excellence. Thus, they are effectively equipped with essential twenty first century workplace skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, which serve them well as they enter adulthood.
The unique relationship that develops between each music teacher and their pupils contributes significantly to the overall well-being of all these learners.
Due to COVID – 19 restrictions only the following partnership schools are participating in the Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme at the moment:
Kalksteenfontein Primary School
Matroosbergweg Primary School
A number of learners from the development programme have featured prominently in music competitions, external examinations, and eisteddfodau over the years, and some have succesfully furthered their musical careers at tertiary institutions including the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and the North West.