Moriss Isaacson Centre for Music
About the centre
Morris Isaacson Centre for Music (MICM) is an independent music institution located on one of
the most historically important schools in South Africa, the Morris Isaacson High School. The high school was a key location during the 1976 June 16 Soweto uprisings and produced a significant number of Soweto’s professional and political elite for fifty years. MICM has been providing world-class formal music education to the children of Soweto from early childhood development level to the final year of high school since 2012. The centre teaches 18 instruments through a curriculum of one-on-one individual lessons, music theory, choir and ensemble classes. MICM uses music education as a tool for human development, and activity is provided as an after-school program to the children of Soweto.
The societal and individual benefits of access to music education and training are well documented. Studies have demonstrated that when music education is made available, there are tangible results in lower crime rates, better focus and concentration, better-developed self-motivation, and far better academic and social performance among school children. Music can trigger beneficial psycho-physic mechanisms that cannot be induced by any other activity as effectively.
MICM was founded as a collaboration between the late philanthropist and Cape Gate Chairman
Mendel Kaplan (Kaplan Kushlik Foundation) and Robert Brooks (CEO of MIAGI – Music is a Great Investment) in the year 2008. The Morris Issacson Centre for Music building, the first of its kind in any South African township, was inaugurated in May 2011, and its full operations started at the beginning of 2012.
The Centre has been supported by a number of Government, Corporate and private individuals
since its inception. These include the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council,
the National Lotteries Commission, Business Arts South Africa, The Rupert Family Foundation,
the Graham and Rhona Beck Foundation, Cape Gate., Stonehage, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Austrian Embassy in Pretoria, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Lanxess, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT), JLT Group, and Yamaha.