Music Crossroads Academies
An innovative and affordable educational program for highly motivated young musical talents in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the Music Crossroads Academies have been established in April 2013 to provide young musicians with the skills they need for a career in music, while contributing to the development of music education and the music industry in Southern Africa.
To help turn huge young talent and exceptional musical traditions into local career opportunities, between 2013–2015, the non-profit MC Academies in the cities of Lilongwe (Malawi), Matola/Maputo (Mozambique) and Harare (Zimbabwe), implemented by the local Music Crossroads entities, will train some 270 students, including 25% of female participants, in addition to 30 academy teachers. The project aims to enable them to pursue a career as professional musicians, primary/secondary school teachers or access higher music education.
We are offering students a unique chance to immerse themselves in a yearly Professional Certificate Program in Music, approaching African and African-descendent music with a bespoke, shared educational curriculum and course materials designed by the Global Music Academy, also focusing on specific musical traditions and instruments to each country.
With modern teaching methods, internationally trained local teachers and well equipped rehearsal rooms, Music Labs and a student Resource Centre, each MC Academy course will include training in Harmony, Rhythmic/Melodic reading and writing, Improvisation, Ensemble Practice, Music Styles & History, Modern/Traditional Instruments, Vocals, Rhythm & Body percussion, Dance, Master Classes, some Music Business Seminars and Workshops imparted by invited international music professionals.
To maximise the social impact, the MC Academies program is also endeavouring to engage with local government officials as well as stakeholders in the education sectors and music industries in the three countries. During this period, the project also seeks to secure the long term self-sustainability of the Music Crossroads Academies.
Read here about some of the young and upcoming Southern African artists which have been involved in Music Crossroads Programs.
The Music Crossroads Academies Project has the generous support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.