Helen Vosloo, internationally acclaimed flautist, began the Keiskamma Music Academy in 2006 with a passionate belief in the value of children learning music, especially in rural areas where such opportunities are scarce. The Academy has grown from strength to strength, currently training over 160 children and servicing 8 rural schools. Children learn solo instruments, including the piano, classical guitar and voice with the opportunity of playing together in the string orchestra, recorder ensemble, orchestra, choir and marimba band. Various musical styles, ranging from traditional and classical to contemporary and jazz are taught. A standard of excellence is maintained with students enrolled yearly for their examinations through the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College. The Academy is focused on creating opportunities for youth with many alumni proceeding to study music at a tertiary level. Many return to plough their knowledge and skills back into the Academy where 95% of staff comprise alumni. Learning music at Keiskamma Music Academy goes further than learning an instrument. It instils discipline, demands focus and creates a sense of belonging that encourages academic success while positively affecting the quality of life of students.