NEW HOPE: Flanking Trevino Isaacs are music students, from left to right, Randall Norman, Bradley Kerspuy, Jesse Warnick and Garneth Warnick.

Cape Town - Self-taught piano player Trevino Isaacs has taken his music to the community of Mitchell’s Plain by opening a music school. Here he will be teaching children as young as seven years old an appreciation of music.

Isaacs started playing the piano at the age of nine, and has played professionally since he was 15.

“The interest grew to such an extent that when I approached two of my friends who studied music, with the idea of opening a music school, my dream of teaching others became a successful business, now celebrating its fourth year,” Isaacs said. He added that music was the only work he knew.

“There are many students in the Woodlands and Mitchells Plain area who can’t afford to study music, and our quality, affordable training is giving them the chance to master instruments and grow their natural talent,” he said.

The music academy offers a safe environment where children can live a life free of violence, drugs and alcohol.

He wants this to be a way of developing children’s natural talent. “Our drive has always been to offer a service to the community, and without funding or resource support we are in a position to sponsor students who show potential but simply can’t afford the cost,” he said.

Isaacs is one of 19 small business owners in the areas of Khayelitsha, Langa, Mitchells Plain and Gugulethu who were selected to take part in the sponsored Small Business Academy programme offered by Stellenbosch University Business School. - [email protected]

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