FUTURE graduands of the Zimbabwe College of Music (ZCM) will leave the institution with sharper practical skills after the organisation set up a recording studio to be officially opened on September 25.
BY WINSTONE ANTONIO
According to ZCM’s executive director, Rachel Jera-Chigwanda, the development followed serious consideration of the value of practical skills for those studying music.
“We teach our students to compose but, after that, they cannot record. So we felt we were not doing much hence we decided to set up this recording studio so that they are able to record their music during their studies,” she said.
She said the country’s oldest formal music training institute will soon introduce a recording programme.
“With the updated curriculum, music is one of the subjects being taught in schools. This programme would be of benefit to the teachers as they can come for practicals to have hands on experience. For students it will be a reasonable fee as we embrace the modernised curriculum,” she said.
Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora is expected to officiate at the event.
Programmes on offer at ZCM include Bachelor of Music Degree in Ethnomusicology, Jazz, Bandmasters, National and Advanced Certificate in Music, Disk Jockeying, Sound Engineering and individual tuition in the instruments such as keyboard, drums, guitar, vocal, trumpet, saxophone, violin, trombone, flute, choral and theory of music.
Artistes who received professional training from the college include Hifa founder and artistic director Manuel Bagorro, renowned guitarist and producer Clive Mono Mukundu, songstress Hope Masike and gospel icon Charles Charamba.