About Us























In order for children to thrive, they need loving connections with adults in their lives, good nutrition, to feel safe and protected and to be offered engaging interactions that stimulate the brain.  At Kronendal Music Academy we offer children with few or no advantages in life, the opportunity to discover and develop themselves and their talents through the world of music. We have some of the finest teachers in Cape Town, and we offer quality music instruction across a range of 26 different instruments, endless opportunities to perform and personal engagements with performing artists.


Whilst we are a professional music school with graduates who go on to earn bursaries to study music as a career, we are also a humanitarian organisation, committed to building into the lives of children to break the intergenerational cycles of poverty and exclusion.  Our curriculum is built around the skills which children will need in the workplace such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and innovation.


In our after school programme we observe evidence of beneficial social impact and, combined with philanthropic and development investments, this leads to greater impact and profitable enterprise on the part of the impact investor.
























Founded in 2007 with a personal inheritance of R150 000, KMA has grown incrementally from one room at a local primary school with two teachers and fifteen pupils, to a 9-roomed music school, where close to 2 000 pupils have been nurtured over the past 13 years.


We are B-BBEE certified and SARS has granted us 18A status, meaning that all donations received are tax deductible. Consistently clean audits since our inception confirms that KMA is an excellent steward of funds. The basis of our business model offers a very positive picture: with an endless supply of “product” (young people wanting opportunities) + an endless supply of “direct resources” (music teachers seeking work), investing in KMA makes sense.


A place to call home
















We teach children to dream big dreams. Our KMA dream is the exciting prospect of a future home where we can grow.  We are currently bursting at the seams in a rented property.  Thanks to a specialist team of property experts who are donating their time and expertise, we will be welcoming investors on board to fund this major gift campaign.


Contact Details address / tel / fax / mail / web address

153 Empire Avenue

Hout Bay

Cape Town


0027 (0)21 7904457




Case Studies

Praise was a pre-school pupil involved in the KMA Pre-school Music Programme in 2016 for one year. Having fallen in-love with drumming ever since, Praise spent the next few years drumming on pots and pans at home until a church elder took him under his wing. In 2020, now in Grade 4, he was re-introduced to us and applied for drumkit lessons. His teacher says, “He is a natural”.







Athula lost his mother when he was 3 months old and his father has not been involved in his life since birth. He lives with his grandmother and his aunt in a two room shack. Struggling with learning difficulties at school, he was afraid he wouldn’t be able to learn a musical instrument, until he saw the accordion...  His teacher, Mr Stan, provides great encouragement and always tells Athula that he could be the first great South African accordion player. Athula struggled to read music and master the instrument but, with patience and kindness, he is thriving.





Vusi struggles with surplus energy that the world around him finds challenging to absorb. Playing drums helps him with that. He can let his liveliness out into the physical engagement that drumming demands. The rhythm of the music keeps him engaged with others, and the responsibility of being the time keeper keeps him accountable to the musicians around him. We love watching this little guy’s sheer enjoyment when he plays and how his body is connected with his busy mind. When he’s playing drums, he is 100% focused. Music is a seamless connection to Vusi’s inner workings when the world around him can’t process all that he has to offer.



Bryan is a polite, studious young man who never gives up when challenged by a difficult piece of music. His teacher brought to our attention that he was having black-outs in his lesson and he was diagnosed with petit-mal epilepsy seizures. Now on medication, his school work has improved, his interaction with his peers is more animated and he is visibly more relaxed and confident. Playing the trombone regulates his breathing and strengthens his diaphragm which in turn sends oxygen more efficiently to his brain. The intricate aspects of a piece of music helps develop Brian’s ability to focus and complete tasks assigned to him. Music is literally healing Brian from the inside out.


Kronendal Music Academy's annual Jazz Band Fundraiser has become a must-see in Cape Town.

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KMA is on a mission to help children in SA become the most resilient, innovative & confident citizen

You know you love your job when you can't wait to get back to work after the holidays! 2022 eased into gear with a renewed focus on how we can best serve each and every child holistically.

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Kronendal Music Academy Summer Newsletter 2020

"2020 will be remembered as a turnaround point in human history - a chance to reinvent ourselves."

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We ride for Sibusiso

This week has been an incredibly traumatic and emotional time for all of us at KMA, but we will still ride for Sibusiso!

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Mandela Day 2020!

Join us for an impromptu live performance for "67 minutes" between 11:30am and 12:37pm , this Saturday!

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Sharing Music 4 Change Instrument Drive 2020

A collective of like-minded Music Schools in Cape Town, is collaborating with the intention of collecting second hand instruments donations.

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Live concerts survey!

KMA is considering going live with our house concerts again, now that Covid regulations allow audiences of up to 50.

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KMA Soiree Series 2020

Since 2012 KMA has run a highly successful annual Soiree Series, featuring local and international musicians.

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Partner with Us





























As the world aligns their strategies with the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, corporates, foundations, private individuals and NPOs have more in common than ever before.  Caring for people and the planet, above or alongside profit, promises hope and a future where everyone benefits in a more wholesome fashion. 


We understand that, within the Investor-NPO relationship, value cannot be disaggregated. This relationship is evaluated based on its ability to generate a blend of financial, social and environmental value and is inherently made up of more than one measurement of performance.  Our investors consider their social and environmental impact on society alongside their financial performance measurements, whilst KMA considers its financial efficiency and sustainability in conjunction with its social and environmental performance.


At KMA our corporate partners understand that a non-profit needs to run as a business and that there are costs associated with governance and administration.  We aim to keep these costs as reasonable as possible while complying with all legal and moral guidelines and implementing best practice.  Our corporate partners support us, so that we can best support the children in our care.  These partners invest for a term of 5 years, with an option to renew.  In turn, this philanthropic donation affords them an annual SARS18A tax certificate and BBBEE points for their scorecard.


Bronze Partner  

R2 500 per annum

Silver Partner  

R5 000 per annum

Gold Partner  

R10 000 per annum

Platinum Partner  

R20 000 per annum


We would love you to spread the word and display the words:  Proud Partner of the Kronendal Music Academy on your company stationery.   Our Platinum Partners are presented with a beautifully framed award to hand hang in their reception area.
















Our dream is that every child is given the opportunity to try their hand at music. We provide a choice of 26 instruments for the pupils to choose from and these instruments are taught by professional Cape Town teachers. Pupils begin on recorder or violin and progress on an annual basis through a choice of different instruments. For those who do not continue, at the very least they have experienced the joy of music, which they otherwise would never have been able to do.
















All pupils are required to play in one or more of the following: Beginner Ensembles, Orchestra, Rock Band, Choirs, Brass Band or Jazz Band. A shared musical experience cuts across language barriers, cultural differences, and socio-economic differences to create a community. Ensembles become a safe, shared place for children emotionally, and help them develop as positive, healthy young adults. Performing in ensembles brings young people together which encourages teamwork and mutual support, all the while creating unforgettable memories.

















The creation of an African Instrument Orchestra where South African children of all races perform side by side on our country’s indigenous instruments, is our dream. All pupils partake in indigenous cultural instrument tuition for one year as part of their basic education at which point selected pupils are auditioned to join the African Instrument Orchestra. Indigenous cultural musical heritage in South Africa is vast and complex but we focus on Mbira, Djembe, Reed Shakers, Uhadi Bow, Ngyunga and Kudu Horns. This project has been initiated under the guidance of South African icon, Dizu Plaatjies and we believe it contributes to increased understanding of South African indigenous cultural history and its natural participation in everyday life. The AIO collaborates with our other ensembles, in an experimental inclusion of cross-racial and cross-cultural participation as a one of its kind creative platform.















Sadly the underprivileged high schools in Hout Bay do not offer music as a matric subject and gifted individuals, who show a good aptitude for music and a passion for pursuing music as a career, are left unqualified for auditions after matric. For pupils interested in tertiary education studies, KMA provides focused training and qualifications until they are ready. KMA has successfully entered 3 of its senior pupils into the UCT Jazz Degree programme. This covers basic music education such as harmony, theory, music history, technical instrumental understanding and Aural skills training. KMA is available them for additional resources, tutorship or financial help. Bridging that gap for our young adults is the goal of this programme.

















The development of young people’s beliefs about their abilities is necessary for developing a growth mindset as a means of achieving successful performance outcomes in life in general. Music contributes substantially to this. Our many opportunities to perform throughout the year offer the pupil chances to try it out and ultimately to enjoy presenting their talents and efforts to an adoring audience. Pupils perform in monthly lunchtime concerts, quarterly soirees and department concerts. We hold a pupil showcase once a year, including adhoc requests for performances.













KMA takes relevant pupils to the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals to expose pupils to professional musicians. Regular performances for both pupils as well as the broader community form an important link to providing cultural experiences to the Hout Bay valley: KMA transforms into a professional Intimate Soiree Venue on an average of once a month to support South African music artists and guests from abroad. These wonderful soirees provide opportunities for the pupils and community to attend concerts and become part of the audience. The KMA Jazz Band holds an annual fundraiser which includes professional Cape Town Jazz musicians who play with the band for the evening.


















Every child should have a safe place to spend their afternoons.  Every child should have a nourishing meal, access to safe transport, trustworthy caregivers and supportive adults who encourage them to build dreams and a future.  Many children in South Africa do not have these basic needs met and are left to fend for themselves, exposed to all manner of abuse and the temptation to engage in risky behaviour.  This pattern sadly becomes a cycle where generation after generation remain trapped in the poverty tragedy.


In addition to our music education course, we are concerned with the general well-being and psycho-social support of each child. To that end we provide safe transport to and from KMA, a daily nourishing meal for every pupil and school-homework support. An auxiliary social worker, resident in Hout Bay, is made available to pupils who show reason for concern. Volunteers, supervisors and staff are engaged in school homework support for pupils who struggle. Various pupil welfare opportunities for KMA include eye tests and purchasing of spectacles, medical attention and clothing.


The firm call to "leave no one behind" and “endeavour to reach the furthest behind first” is central to the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and our guiding principle as we work towards an inclusive society. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty through investing in the lives of those most vulnerable, the future citizens of our country. A child who has been supported, who has found hope and who has developed self-confidence is more likely to complete their schooling, to have the drive and ambition to continue their studies and to build a better life for themselves. 


We all know that finding a job and becoming independent is a priority - our learners develop a growth mind-set enabling essential 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical-thinking. The unique synergy between our children’s natural resilience and grit, and the cognitive flexibility that music education develops, results in creative, self-confident and motivated young people. KMA is a place which brings hope in their otherwise hopeless circumstances.










Support a Child





























Our dream is that every child is given the opportunity to try their hand at music. We provide a choice of 26 instruments taught by professional and caring teachers.  In addition, our school includes safe transport, a daily nourishing meal and academic-homework support. Our children develop confidence, a sense of pride, self discipline and hope.  


Beginner Pupils

R15 000 per annum

Intermediate Pupils

R18 500 per annum

Advanced Pupils

R22 000 per annum