Morris Isaacson Centre for Music
MICM is a joint collaboration between the late, philanthropist and Cape Gate chairman Mendel Kaplan and Robert Brooks (CEO of MIAGI – Music is a Great Investment). In 2008, Mendel Kaplan, agreed to fund the construction of a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto through his foundation, the Kaplan Kuschlick Foundation. The Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music (CMCM) building, the first of its kind in any South African township was inaugurated in May 2011. Full operations started at the beginning of 2012. In 2018, the Centre decided to re-brand itself and is now called the Morris Isaacson Centre for Music (MICM).
There are currently 112 students at the Centre, each receiving practical, theory, choir and ensemble tuition. Each child is provided with an instrument for the duration of their studies. Children are drawn from the surrounding community and initially participate in an audition in order to be accepted into the Centre. Our 16 teachers teach piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, drumkit, djembe, flute, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, double bass, trombone, electric guitar, electric bass, clarinet, pennywhistle and music theory. Each student receives an individual 30-minute lesson as well as an hour of instrument-specific ensemble rehearsal, choir and theory tuition weekly.
We also teach 180+ Early Childhood Development students at 4 local crèches and 2 primary schools. Classes teach basic theory and practical music through African song and instrument making.