The Empower Drumming Academy is a non-profit company based in Heidelberg, Western Cape which provides music tuition to previously marginalized youth in Heidelberg. Our program runs as an after-school curriculum and is open daily to our registered students. We provide an accredited skill-based music education program that can contribute to the local economy and assist the youth in taking their place in the technological society of the 21st century. The youth play an important role in shaping society, therefore it is important to inculcate in the students’ skills, entrepreneurship values and traits of good leadership, as well as their role in community development. The Empower Drumming Academy adopts a learner centred approach which puts the learners’ interests, strengths, and abilities at the forefront of our pedagogy. Learning and teaching comprise of both individualised classes, where the learner and teacher work one-on-one, and group sessions where learners participate in peer-to-peer exchange regarding supporting, teaching, encouraging, and learning from each other. We work with youth between the ages of 4 -18 years old.
The Empower Drumming Academy is a catalyst for community and youth development. A brief examination of early childhood music education in South Africa, through an investigation of government documents and academic literature, leads to an impression that music is embraced in a broad framework of meeting young children’s cultural and artistic needs. Introducing initiatives that highlight the youth’s artistic freedom of expression in a positive context, like music and arts, could bridge the gap between social pressures and possible solutions and opportunities, especially in rural areas like Heidelberg. As a vehicle to mitigate socio-economic injustices, the Empower Drumming Academy serves the community through an intensive youth development program that equips the youth of Heidelberg with basic life skills through positive leadership, mentoring and support in addition to providing a music based extra-curricular program.
We offer various services to the public as an aid to raise funds for the EDA. These include:
Drum workshops and drumming circles with the Djembe drums
Live music at events, weddings, conferences etc
Selling EDA merchandise
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