The Alexandra Music Education Centre was launched on 12 April 1997 by Mr Lionel Mtshali, the then Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. In his speech, the minister commended SAMET for its initiative in introducing music education to Alexandra township in consultation with the community.
This music centre has become a highly valued initiative for the people of Alexandra and is providing the students with the opportunity to perform and the possibility of a career in the burgeoning music industry in South Africa.
In 2009, 108 learners were registered for violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, recorder, clarinet, flute, theory of music and guitar. African instruments were introduced at the beginning of 2010, and tuition is offered in marimba, akadinda. mbira., uhadi, umrube, kudu horns and pan pipes. The learners are recruited form Alexandra., Soweto, Tembisa, Vosloorus and Orange Farm. These are some of the poorest communities in South Africa.
During 2009, public performances were presented on 21 March, 20 June, 20 September and 5 December. Regular workshops were also presented by members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, assisting learners with some of the technical and musical challenges encountered in the classroom. Learners sit for UNISA graded examinations at the end of each year. This centre has employed 11 teachers on a part-time basis.