Teacher de­vel­ops mod­ule to be taught at schools

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TAL­ENTED lo­cal per­cus­sion­ist Siyab­ulela Si­fatyi has been fa­cil­i­tat­ing per­cus­sion work­shops for East­ern Cape Cre­ative Arts sub­ject ad­vis­ers this week, de­vel­op­ing his own mod­ule to be taught in var­i­ous schools around the prov­ince.

“The aim of the work­shops is to help grow the arts in schools and to give learn­ers a vast range of artis­tic ca­reers to choose from,” Si­fatyi said.

Im­pressed by the George Ran­dell Pri­mary ed­u­ca­tor’s teach­ing style, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial Tham­sanqa Songabe ap­proached him af­ter Si­fatyi fa­cil­i­tated African drum­ming work­shops at the Na­tional Schools Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown ear­lier this year.

“I al­ways try to in­ter­act with peo­ple or learn­ers in a way that makes them feel free to bring their opin­ions and in­put on what I’ve given to them as I be­lieve that there is no per­fect teacher,” Si­fatyi said.

His unique take on per­for­mance is also part of his teach­ing tech­nique as he in­cor­po­rates the the­ory-based and prac­ti­cal skills of his art into his teach­ing, shar­ing his knowl­edge of per­form­ing arts with stu­dents and ed­u­ca­tors.

Si­fatyi has in­cor­po­rated the his­tory, ori­gins and in­ven­tion of African in­dige­nous in­stru­ments as well as how they are played into his mod­ule, while also fo­cus­ing on the per­for­mance as­pects.

“I wanted to cre­ate some­thing use­ful for learn­ers as they know less about African in­dige­nous mu­sic, and to teach­ers who are given the task of teach­ing arts and cul­ture or cre­ative arts in schools with­out any knowl­edge about per­form­ing arts,” Si­fatyi said.

“I highly re­spect these teach­ers do­ing a great job within ed­u­ca­tion, but I’d like my mod­ule to aid and en­hance the teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to cre­ative arts and per­for­mance.”

In July Si­fatyi, as the George Ran­dell Pri­mary School mu­sic teacher, trav­elled to the In­ter­na­tional Steel Pan and Marimba Com­pe­ti­tion in Jo­han­nes­burg, where George Ran­dell came third.

He was also re­cently of­fered a record­ing deal with Dolce Sounds Stu­dio for his own mu­sic, which he last show­cased at his show, Eclipse, with a po­etic per­for­mance early in June.

“I have gone through the worst sit­u­a­tions and had to make dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions to sur­vive in this in­dus­try. I have dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines in my hands and I make sure that I por­tray them per­fectly ev­ery time I per­form or fa­cil­i­tate a work­shop,” Si­fatyi said

“I will al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate Sibikwa Arts Academy for giv­ing me tools to dig my wealth and not for­get­ting my lec­tur­ers and men­tors, Neo Leleka, Mole­batsi Mathipa, the great Tlale Makhene and Thokozani Nsi­bande. With­out them, I would not be where I am to­day.”

For the du­ra­tion of the year, Si­fatyi’s pres­ence will be re­quested in var­i­ous schools across the prov­ince as he will be re­quired to aid teach­ers in im­ple­ment­ing his mod­ule into the arts and cul­ture school cur­ricu­lum.

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ART FORM: Siyab­ulela Si­fatyi per­forms at his show ‘Eclipse’ in June. The George Ran­dell Pri­mary mu­sic teacher is de­vel­op­ing a mod­ule to be taught at schools around the East­ern Cape

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