On 20 July 2020, Beautiful News published a beautiful insert entitled “How free online violin lessons are orchestrating hope in townships”. Watch it here:
In South Africa’s townships, the melodies of violins fill empty streets. While under lockdown due to COVID-19, children are unable to attend their music lessons. But that doesn’t mean the magic has to stop. Violin teacher Maria Botha has created an effective solution to keep her young students playing with joy.
An accomplished violinist, Botha is dedicated to passing on her valuable knowledge. She founded the non-profit organisation Muzukidz, which offers free violin lessons to youth in disadvantaged communities. When children could no longer partake in practices, Botha adapted her initiative. Now, instructors from around the world forward the kids free daily video lessons over WhatsApp, who in turn record their practice and send it back for review. The programme provides free data so that students can continue honing their talent from their bedroom. “These children are full of skill and it’s wonderful to give them that possibility to come to their full potential,” Botha says.
While children stay home, families are becoming more involved in their musical journeys. Their support boosts kids’ confidence, as gentle harmonies create stronger bonds in the household. “I believe that now more than ever we can change the world with classical music,” Botha says. Although the pandemic has brought life to a standstill, youth are prospering through the sounds of their violins. In a time of adversity, they’re creating a symphony of hope.
Muzukidz loved learning in alternative spaces during the lockdown. Whatever it takes, we will continue to make music! Here are a few moments from our last week of lessons and playing before the children return to their classrooms. Other News
Established in Cape Town already, the hearts and minds of young children in Port Elizabeth can now also experience the magic of Muzukidz. 160 students have been introduced to the program since May 2019. A Fullfilm production by Rudolph Michel de Girardier Other News
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of people across South Africa, none moreso than those living in the townships in and around Cape Town. Children are unable to go to school until further notice, parents cannot go to work and many...