Phela Re Phele Musical Arts Academy (PRP) started in Glenridge-Protea in 2013 and teaches children from the age of 5 up to adulthood. Its mandate is to teach how to read, write and play music. Its slogan “together we make harmony” has not just been a slogan but it has become a way of life. It is a music academy that enriches the children’s minds with life and its whole aspects.
Kgaogelo Mailula and Magalane Phoshoko who are performers and music educators founded PRP. The two have been involved in music for a very long time and have been sharing their love in different ways such as teaching, composing, arranging, as well as playing professionally for a wide variety of audiences.
Science has proven that music improves the left brain activity. Itumeleng Leputu, now 11 years of age, is a perfect example of music improving brain activity. In his early primary years he was a bright student and he moved schools to a local school and with challenges at home his grades also dropped, this was in the year 2013, but when he started his music lessons at Phela Re Phele music academy, and time went by and with the joy of playing and learning an instrument, his academics picked up. His teachers started noticing his improvements and he got noted for his good-work. He was able to improve his relationships with people as well; he gained confidence and started engaging himself with people more comfortably. Playing in an ensemble and performing to different audiences, made him gain confidence significantly.
The academy only started with just 2 children and now it hosts atleast 15 children and has introduced different types of instrument lessons such as Xylophone, Recorder, Bass guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone, Violin and Piano, which now enables them to have more different ensembles. In just two years they have been able to perform at different places such as St. Mary’s School in Waverly and Baptist Church in Eldorado Park. The Academy has also hosted two successful annual concerts where they also got to invite young musicians from different schools such as Buhlebuzile Secondary (East rand), PJ Simelane (Dobsonville) and St. Stithians Boys Prep (Randburg). The aim of the concerts is to share children’s talents through ensemble performance.
Furthermore, PRP involves its pupils in Visual arts activities, which also enhance their creativity. Pupils get to create different art works such as bangles, celebration cards, painting, drawing, and much more.
The academy has five teachers who volunteer their time in sharing their talents as well as their knowledge with the students of the academy. The support from the student’s parents has also enabled the academy to grow healthily. The academy is looking to grow further in the near future and hopes to develop children’s style of learning with the aim of improving their academics and to explore their talents in music too. With a little bit of financial assistance PRP believes it can achieve more.
By Nelly Luputu