WHY MUSIC?

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, ex-street children, refugees, marginalised and vulnerable young people that we support.

Playing in the band creates a safe space and sense of community which enables Brass for Africa to make an impact not only on the individual, but also in addressing wider issues such as education access, gender inequality and HIV awareness.

In partnership with Mango Tree, an African-led curriculum specialist, we have created a tailored programme that integrates music education with life-skills training. While monitoring and evaluating the impact of our work, we identified 8 key attributes associated with learning music, each focusing on a particular life-skill.

Every week, these Brass for Africa attributes are integrated into each lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

WHY MUSIC?

The opportunity to learn and play music has the most profound, empowering and life-affirming effect, particularly on the disadvantaged young people, orphans, ex-street children, refugees, marginalised and vulnerable young people that we support.

Playing in the band creates a safe space and sense of community which enables Brass for Africa to make an impact not only on the individual, but also in addressing wider issues such as education access, gender inequality and HIV awareness.

In partnership with ‘Mango Tree’, an African-led curriculum specialist, we have created a tailored programme that integrates music education with life-skills training. While monitoring and evaluating the impact of our work, we identified 8 key attributes associated with learning music, each focusing on a particular life-skill.

Every week, these Brass for Africa attributes are integrated into each lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives.

SELF CONFIDENCE

 Is to be secure in yourself and your abilities

RESILIENCE

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Is the action of leading a group of people or an organisation

PROBLEM SOLVING

Is a thinker who focuses on the problem as stated and tries to synthesise information and knowledge to achieve a solution

GRIT & PERSEVERANCE

Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

CONCENTRATION

Is the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort

TEAMWORK

Is being an effective group member

COMMUNICATION

Is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviours to express or exchange information

SELF CONFIDENCE

 Is to be secure in yourself and your abilities

RESILIENCE

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

LEADERSHIP SKILLS

Is the action of leading a group of people or an organisation

PROBLEM SOLVING

Is a thinker who focuses on the problem as stated and tries to synthesise information and knowledge to achieve a solution

GRIT & PERSEVERANCE

Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

CONCENTRATION

Is the action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort

TEAMWORK

Is being an effective group member

COMMUNICATION

Is the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviours to express or exchange information

OUR 8-KEY ATTRIBUTES

Brass for Africa identified 8 key attributes associated with learning music, each focusing on a particular life-skill. Every week, these 8-key attributes are integrated into each lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives

OUR 8-KEY ATTRIBUTES

Brass for Africa identified 8 key attributes associated with learning music, each focusing on a particular life-skill. Every week, these 8-key attributes are integrated into each lesson, resulting in transferable life-skills, which can be applied to the participants’ everyday lives

THE BRASS FOR AFRICA STUDENT JOURNEY

The Brass for Africa curriculum creates positive behavioural change in participants through engaging lessons, workshops and activities. The students are empowered as they learn about each life-skill, and demonstrate their knowledge as they embark on their personal journeys.

Change takes place through a series of steps. The steps are listed here, along with brief descriptions of behavioural indicators. Our ultimate vision is to equip children and young people with the skills to fulfil their potential and thrive.

THE BRASS FOR AFRICA JOURNEY

The Brass for Africa curriculum creates positive behaviour change in participants through a number of engaging lessons, workshops and activities. The students feel empowered as they learn about each life-skill, and demonstrate their knowledge as they embark on their personal journey.

Change takes place through a series of steps. The steps are listed here, along with brief descriptions of behaviour indicators. Our ultimate vision is to equip children and young people with the skills to fulfil their potential and thrive.

LIFE-SKILLS THROUGH MUSIC

“When a problem happens in life I ask myself what is plan B, what is plan C? This is the same technique I use when I improvise. The skills learnt through my instrument, are the same I use for real life”

Tonny Mwolese – Music Teacher at Brass for Africa

LIFE-SKILLS THROUGH MUSIC

“When a problem happens in life I ask myself what is plan B, what is plan C? This is the same technique I use when I improvise. The skills learnt through my instrument, are the same I use for real life”

Tonny Mwolese – Music Teacher at Brass for Africa