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Music training schemes invite applications from beginners

     Learning to play a musical instrument not only helps young people develop their musical talent, but also enhances their interest in the arts.

     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 2010-11. 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, viola, cello, harp, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, euphonium, suona, erhu, pipa, sheng and liuyeqin, with supplementary training 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 10 for elementary dizi and violin classes to be held at Tin Shui Wai Xianggang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science and Creativity.

     Weekly one-hour group lessons will be conducted in Cantonese for both schemes. Annual tuition fees of $1,260 for the first year and $1,540 for the second year are to be paid in instalments. The deadline for applications is August 9.

     Applicants to both schemes will be required to attend an admission test with a music aptitude test and an interview.

     Pamphlets and application forms for both schemes are now available at all music centres of the Music Office. They can also be downloaded from the website: 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 the School Instrumental Music Training Scheme, please call 2796 2893.

Ends/Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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