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Teach Music and Dance in South Africa

The Projects Abroad Music & Dance Project in South Africa is ideal for volunteers with an interest in the field of music or performing arts. This exciting project allows volunteers to get involved in various aspects of the music industry, from music production to artist management.

South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, and music and dance provide it with an unmistakable flavor. Whether you are on a gap year or a career break, volunteering to teach music and dance gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge with underprivileged students through community outreach programs.

Volunteering on the Music & Dance Project in South Africa

As a volunteer on the Music & Dance Project, you can choose any two of the following areas:

Please let us know which two options you choose when you apply.


Teaching Music

Volunteer Teaching Music in South Africa wih Projects Abroad

Volunteers have the option to teach music to students, from ages 7 to 18, at a South African school. You will be able to teach them how to play a musical instrument, provide vocal training and also help them understand basic music theory. Volunteers work Mondays to Fridays during school hours.

In the future, the project aims to create a community band and/or orchestra. Currently though, students are learning how to play the guitar, piano, violin, saxophone, and the clarinet. You have the option to focus on the instrument of your choice and you may teach them any aspect of music.

Singing is also popular among the students and many of them are part of a small choir. If you have experience in singing or choir-directing, your help will be greatly appreciated. This option also includes traditional music lessons, where students can share and learn cultural and tribal songs.

To get the most out of teaching music, volunteers are expected to have a background in music, basic knowledge of musical theory and some practical ability.


Music Production

Volunteers are given the chance to search for local musical talent. You will have the opportunity to work within music production, recording and producing the music of the musicians you believe have the ability to make it in the music industry.

Volunteers who choose this option are responsible for assisting the artist or band throughout the recording process, and in advertising and promoting their music. This is done through Sounds of the World, an initiative by Projects Abroad, which is in partnership with many recording studios, artists, and academies.

Volunteers teaching music also have the opportunity to work on Sounds of the World once they have finished teaching, which is usually around 2.30pm.


Artist Management

Volunteer Teaching Dance in South Africa with Projects Abroad

If you have an interest in event planning, advertising, or managing an artist’s profile, you have the opportunity through this option to get involved in organizing local gigs, concerts, and promoting local artists.

This option involves writing articles, interviews, and concert reviews as well as working closely with the local bands and artists to improve their public image.


Teaching Dance

If dance is your preference, you have the opportunity to teach ballet or modern dance to local school children in Cape Town. You are expected to have a background in dance.


Community Outreach Program

South Africa is home to a number of disadvantaged communities that lack resources and therefore the opportunity for locals to learn or grow in the field of music or dance. As a volunteer you have the chance to teach music or dance where it is needed. From township residents to local church members, you can make a difference.