About Us

Our mission is to help our local community via free music education

Our aim is to establish a mini orchestra, including a brass-based band and at a later stage, the introduction of jazz music. All genres of performed music will be a combination of student musicians and their tutors.

What we do

The DMA, where possible, is collaborating with other music organisations / schools / universities and NGO’s. This will result in mutually beneficial relationships in the field of music tuition. eg: The Darling Trust.

The DMA require instruments of any type which could be donated for the tutoring of students.   We acknowledge, with sincere thanks, those who have already donated musical instruments, including a recent donation by the Innibos Festival of Nelspruit.

We also require piano, violin, wind instrument and theory teachers / tutors. All assistance will be greatly appreciated!

Our initiative follows similar principles as the most successful El Sistema initiative in Venezuela.


Our History

The DMA was officially formed in February 2011 as a NPO, with an executive committee, two of whom double-up as tutors. Student lessons are being hosted at the Early Childhood Development Centre which is part of the Darling Trust, in the DMA rehearsal rooms at the Darling Outreach Foundation, as well as private homes and church centres. Learners will develop to become future tutors, thus enabling the project to become sustainable.


Our Mission

The functions and objectives of the Darling Music for All / Darling Musiek vir Almal (DMA) initiative is to uplift, support, educate and develop the Darling community through music; by making available to them musical instruments and music tutoring. Our goal is to develop a youth orchestra, a choir, brass-based band and jazz ensemble.

Moving Forward

Student lessons are being hosted at the Darling Outreach Foundation (previously known as the Focus Centre) every Saturday from 09h00 till 12h00. Our current learner base of around 100 students consists of violinists, guitarists, flutists, piano- and recorder students, drummers / percussionists and brass instrument players.

By September 2017 we aim to have established a band, performing popular music in Darling and beyond in a combination of student musicians and their tutors. This will be followed by a chamber orchestra in 2018. At least 10 concerts per year are envisaged both to raise funds for the DMA and to showcase the beauty of music.

The DMA works in close cooperation with The Darling Trust and local schools and churches.