As part of its teaching skills practical and outreach to local community stakeholders, the Field Band Academy near Verulum in KwaZulu-Natal recently held a teaching concert at the local Sacred Heart Secondary School for Girls. Pupils were taught how to hold instruments and how to play pieces or to choreograph movement. In turn, our students learned about lesson planning, teaching practice, concert production and evaluation of event management.

The Foundation hosted the outgoing First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Siri Andersen, along with her senior programme manager colleague, Beauty Musa, at the event. Our students arranged a tour of the Academy for them, and gave insights into what they’ve learned in their time there.

The Academy’s second term got underway with a visit from Tutu Jacobsen, senior programme adviser of longtime FBF supporters FK Norway – who fund our partnership with the Norwegian Band Federation in the joint PULSE! exchange programme.

Addressing students, Ms. Jacobsen emphasised the significant role that the creative arts can play in health promotion. This message ties in closely with the Foundation’s emphasis on lifeskills that are based on responsible personal management and grounded in strong ethical values.

This month sees the Academy welcome US partner Frank Troyka, director of education at System Blue, who works closely with the Blue Devils Bugle and Drum Corps, a champion American partner of the FBF.

With a global experience and perspective on music and leadership education, Mr. Troyka will spend time at the Academy learning about the Foundation’s approach to holistic teaching, and will help shape our November national workshop for tutors.