First intake at Nyundo School of music graduates
One of the graduands Mutesi Neema Rehema expressed how she got more than what was expected during her course of studies. “ My expectation was to learn vocals technics but at the end am happy that we were taught production and how to make business out of music”, Mutesi said.
The School has been receiving visiting Instructors from the USA, Canada, Belgium, France, the Ivory Coast, Finland and Burundi. Some instructors have stayed for 3 months, some have conducted master classes for a day and some spent 3 days to a week teaching.
Students’ shining performances
Rwanda Development Board, Office of the President , the Private sector Federation Ministry of sports and culuture, Bralirwa, East African Promoters (EAP) and the Canadian High Commission have all used Nyundo Music students to perform at their high standing Events such as Rwanda Day in San Francisco, the A.U summit in Kigali, Kwita Izina ceremony, the Golden circle Gala, the East African annual Party and many more.
The International Connection
WDA signed an M.O.U with Selkirk College Nelson, BC Canada that will facilitate exchange programs for students and teachers. The ultimate goal is to have a harmonized curriculum that will enable Rwandan music students graduate with equivalent accreditations as those from Selkirk College in Canada.
In the summer of 2016, John Lewis Blake from Berkley College in Boston, USA spent three months training Nyundo music students in Choral approaches, vocal techniques and band performance. Both sides are midst brainstorm session on how to interest Berkley College to open its satellite branch in Rwanda and use Nyundo School of music as a stepping-stone.
Super star “ Kiesza” also came to visit Nyundo School through their partnership with Selkirk College. She recorded two singles with the School choir under a major music Label ISLAND records/Universal.
Students had another major breakthrough when they backed up successfully Grammy award winner “Skyler Jett” from California during the KigaliUp music festival 2016.
Jerome Gasana the Director General of WDA said that the potential for this partnership is huge as it could give graduating students a direct move to higher learning in Music. He also added that this has a potential to attract foreign students especially from the region to come and study in Rwanda.
Both trianers and administrators beleive that students will have a sense of individual and collective identity in their respecive career paths. All of this will enable every graduate to project and further the development of the Rwandan Music industry.