The first year of curriculum is designed as a foundation year. Many young musicians in Africa have no access to formal music education. The certificate program will change all this and bring them up to speed. On their Major Instrument they work on all the basic instrumental and vocal techniques and learn to play in a band using charts. In the music theory courses they learn harmonic and modal concepts, how to apply them up to 7th chords and they become musically literate through the intensive rhythmic and melodic reading and writing program. All this with a strong focus on their own music culture. They learn basic computer skills from word processing to simple content management. At the end of the first year they are well prepared to continue their studies in depth.