All children develop their talents and confidence through access to music and musical instruments, developing dignity and self-worth and creating community cohesion.
Our director raised a 2011 was a fantastic year for our KMA Jazz Band and Children’s Choir! The band held their first fundraiser and had continous performances at Dunes Restaurant in Hout Bay. Our Children’s Choir won first prize in a choir competition featuring 18 different gospel and African Traditional Couriers. Best of all, we had our first sponsored Pupil’s Xmas party! donation of R26
Kronendal Music Academy (KMA) affords children the opportunity to explore the magic of music. KMA offers young pupils an alternative to the streets by providing an afternoon safe space for practicing, doing their homework, interacting with other children and having fun with music. KMA provides an opportunity for becoming a professional musician for those who decide to continue to tertiary education. KMA contributes to improving the fabric of our South African society by turning the creative potential of our residents into assets to reduce despair and build bridges.
KMA's Heritage Home
The KMA building is a magnificent, Cape-Dutch style house, dated 1847. Teaching takes place in 9 music rooms, an intimate training and workshop area and the relaxing lounge. Our fully equipped kitchen provides much needed daily meals for every pupil.
Our Core Values
At KMA we ‘do what we do’ for the love of music, for the promise of enhancing our young people’s lives and for the joy of giving back to society. Our staff eagerly make the effort and sacrifices needed to ensure KMA operations are efficient and sustainable. We reach for high standards and take pride in upholding NGO principles of integrity and transparency.
Meet The Team
The KMA team consists of founder and Director, Ms Dwyn Griesel, who is supported by a dedicated admin staff and hands on Executive Committee, drawn from all parts of Hout Bay. At any one time we have between 13 and 17 highly skilled music teachers, all of whom are a part of the South African performance circuit. We also utilise the services and guidance of local and international practitioners for advice, evaluation and training.
Our History Highlights
In 2007 Director, Dwyn Griesel, promised her father she would use his living bequest wisely. When Prof Griesel passed away in June 2007 after a long battle with cancer, KMA was well underway. KMA started 20 students in tuition during school hours at Kronendal Primary School. In exchange for the use of the school’s redundant music room, KMA agreed to run the school choir and provide the various musical needs this 100 year old local school required