Since 2013, Phuket Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA) music has been collaborating with UWC Thailand in providing our students with music, dance and drama extracurricular activities. The highly trained and talented teachers of PAPA complement those already employed by UWC Thailand’s Arts department, Kru Suki, Kru Dale, Kru Frederick, and Kru Cece. PAPA’s team members not only provide UWC Thailand with a wide range of weekly lessons but also prepare students to perform at the annual Festive Fair, Multicultural Day and many of other school-staged events.
PAPA’s private and group music classes are run during lunch and after school. All of the private music lessons are taught using the internationally recognized RSL curriculum which allows students that would like to qualify with exams to do so. Having RSL qualifications have opened many doors for our students and have played a part in university and college applications.
There are several group classes on offer, including Junior Band, Senior Band, Musical Theatre Group, and Guitar Group. Private Music Lessons are taught in Vocals, Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Keyboards. PAPA also offer specialist Songwriting and Music Production courses.
The talented PAPA teachers include:
- COLIN HILL (DIP.T TTC, AUSTRALIA)
- PETE MCDOWELL (BA IN MUSIC, HONORS, UK)
- RIANNE DAVIES (RSL UK MUSIC TEACHERS DIPLOMA)
- CHÉRIE HORNE (BMUS, WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC, SOUTH AFRICA)
- BLAZE CRAUSE (RSL UK Music Teachers Diploma – in progress)
One of the Academy’s strong beliefs is to give back to the community, and they do this through providing music scholarships, staging charity events to collect instruments and toys for underprivileged students and children, and raising money to feed vulnerable communities.
In addition to this, the Academy runs a Young Musician’s Development program at no cost to students that are looking at making a career in music. They also have a small but dedicated base of donors that support their Music4Life Music Scholarship program by funding additional private music lesson scholarships.
Annually PAPA stage a series of Christmas performances called Toys For Orphans where the community supporting the live music event is encouraged to bring all unwanted toys and music instruments for donation. PAPA then distributed these to students either directly or via the local charities such as the One Phuket, the Good Shepard and the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation.
The owners of PAPA were founding members of One Phuket, a locally run initiative that united many of Phuket’s food relief efforts under a single umbrella to better utilise resources and volunteers’ core strengths and abilities.
Through One Phuket they have staged the Lean On Me music festival which raised a substantial amount of money for the Life Bag program, as well as a considerable amount of awareness of the rapidly growing food shortage problem. Their latest charity event is a Gala Dinner and Show called A Night At The Popra, which will provide previously out of work musicians with some much-needed income, provide selected students with real music industry experience and raise more money to continue to provide food support to the vulnerable communities in and around Phuket.