Kampala Music School (KMS) emerged from the scheme “Pianos for Uganda” which was launched in 1998. Over 60 donated pianos and an organ have been brought into Uganda and placed in schools, colleges, churches and practice centres, as well as numerous string, wind and brass instruments. Their availability for practice and lessons raised the standard of music so fast that
opening a music school became the essential next step.
KMS was purpose built in an unused semi-basement at the YMCA in the centre of Kampala and it was opened in March 2001 with Simon Yiga appointed Director. It has 7 practice/teaching rooms and a class room, each with a piano, which are in use all of everyday. A large collection of donated LP records, audio cassettes, and CDs is available for listening, and a well-stocked library with a wide range of instrumental and vocal music and books is put to good use.