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Music training schemes for beginners invite applications

     Learning to play a musical instrument not only helps children and young people develop their musical talents, 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 2012-13. Young people with no instrumental experience are welcome to apply.

     The Instrumental Music Training Scheme, which provides training in almost 30 Chinese and Western musical instruments, including violin, viola, cello, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, harp, dizi, erhu, pipa, zhongruan, liuyeqin and sheng, with supplementary training in musicianship and theory, is inviting applications from children aged 6 to 14.

     The two-year elementary training courses, starting 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 8 to 10 for elementary dizi 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 $1,350 for the first year and $1,650 for the second year are to be paid in four instalments. The deadline for applications is August 13.

     Applicants for both schemes will be required to attend an admission test comprising 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, please call the Music Office's music centres at 2802 0657 (Hong Kong), 2796 2893 (Kwun Tong), 2399 2200 (Mong Kok), 2158 6462 (Sha Tin) and 2417 6429 (Tsuen Wan).

Ends/Monday, July 23, 2012

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