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Music training schemes invite applications from beginners
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     Learning to play a musical instrument not only helps young people develop their musical talent, but also enhances their interest in the arts and their concentration.

     The “Instrumental Music Training Scheme” and the “School Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, are now recruiting beginners for 2009-10. Young people with no instrumental experience are welcome to apply.

     The “Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, which provides training in more than 20 Western and Chinese musical instruments including violin, cello, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, French horn, harp, suona, erhu, pipa, sheng and zheng, with supplementary courses in musicianship and theory, is inviting applications from children aged 6 to 14.

     The two-year elementary training courses, which will begin in November, will be conducted at the Music Office’s music centres in Wan Chai, Kwun Tong, Mong Kok, Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan.
 
     The “School Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, which will also begin in November, is inviting applications from children aged 6 to 12 for elementary pipa, liuyeqin and flute classes to be held at Tin Shui Wai Xianggang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science and Creativity.

     Classes of both schemes, one-hour group lessons held on a weekly basis, are conducted in Cantonese. Annual tuition fees of $1,260 for the first year and $1,540 for the second year, are to be paid in instalments. Deadline for applications is August 10.

     Applicants of both schemes will be required to attend a Music Aptitude Test. Those who pass the test will be invited to attend an interview.

     Pamphlets and application forms of both schemes are now available at all music centres of the Music Office. They can also be downloaded from the website: www.lcsd.gov.hk/musicoffice. Completed applications can be submitted by post or in person. For the “Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, applications can also be submitted through the online application system.

     For enquiries on the “Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, please call 2582 5345, and for “School Instrumental Music Training Scheme”, call 2158 6462.

Ends/Thursday, July 23, 2009
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