Malawi to have Music Crossroads Academy in March 2013

For the first time, Malawi is scheduled to have a Music Crossroads Academy which aims at promoting the music industry in the country.

The Academy which will be located in area 23 in Lilongwe will accommodate a maximum figure of 30 students during the first intake.

Director of Music Crossroads in Malawi, Matthews Mfune said they decided to open the academy after seeing the potential of music in most youth.

“We decided to open an academy after seeing the potential the youth are showing towards music and we also want to fill the gap that is there since we do not have any music school in the country except Chancellor College,” said Mfune.

Mfune: Music academy in Lilongwe

He also said the Academy will be a great way of boosting the music industry in the country and promoting the music culture among the youth who can take music to far places.

Mfune said the music academy is meant for less privileged people who cannot manage to go to Chancellor College and international schools to learn music and equipment.

“As you know in Malawi it is only Chancellor College that offers music so this is a good opportunity for the less privileged that do not have the chance to go to Chancellor College,” said Mfune.

The Academy aims at training at least 10 music teachers who will be trained in different aspects of music from, voices, oral music, equipment and marketing of music.

“We are planning to recruit only ten teachers who will major in different areas such as music, equipment training and voice control,” he said.

The three-week-teacher training will see the successful teachers getting certificates and will be expected to go through a second training in South Africa this December which will be done by international experts from Spain and the Music Crossroads Malawi team themselves.

Mfune said: “Everyone who has knowledge in music reading and writing as well as a master of any musical instrument and skills in keyboards, drums, guitar, voice and choir conducting is more than qualified to attend the training.”

The Academy will be run by the Music Crossroads with financial support from the Norwegian Embassy.

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