Creative Voices is a collaboration between the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. It is an Arts and Culture training programme designed to assist teachers to implement integrated arts projects in schools. These projects operate in an entirely democratic manner, with the learners making all the decisions in the play-making process, and culminate in the performance of original pieces of music theatre created and performed solely by the learners.
Creative Voices has been hailed by the teachers we have trained as “the best course they have ever attended”. Teachers who have been in the profession for years cannot believe how they find their entire careers rejuvenated as a result of being introduced to the Creative Voices programme. The skills and approach espoused by the project filter through into all aspects of classroom life, meaning that the benefits are felt on a more holistic level as well.
David Stevenson (Project
Co-ordinator: Creative Voices) says “We as Creative Voices Course
Leaders feel privileged to be working on the project and are deeply grateful
for the opportunity of making a profound impact on the lives of the individuals
we train, the learners they in turn work with and the education and Arts
and Culture heritage of this country in general.”