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Applications open for Outreach Music Interest Courses and two new programmes

     The Outreach Music Interest Courses organised by the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) are now open for applications. Over 100 courses, ranging from Chinese and Western musical instrument classes to diverse music workshops, offer interesting choices for applicants of different ages. The courses, conducted in Cantonese, will be held from September to January next year.

     The newly launched course, "Introduction to Ocarina Playing", caters for those who are aged 15 or above to learn about the instrument, including its structure, playing styles and techniques. Those who have completed the Music Office's "Outreach Foundation II" of woodwind instrument classes, and are aged 15 or above, can participate in another new course, "Woodwind Ensemble Training", to learn about and enjoy the fun of playing music in groups.

     Other regular workshop series include early childhood music education, guitar and keyboard playing, vocal singing, aural training, music theory and ensemble playing for Chinese musical instruments, Western strings and saxophone. All are available for different age groups. The course fees for the workshop series range from $252 to $630.

     The Outreach Music Interest Courses also provide basic training on the xiao, dizi, liuyeqin, pipa, zhong-ruan, yangqin, zheng, erhu, clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, percussion (glockenspiel and practice pad), violin, viola and cello. The course fee is $840.

     The courses will be conducted in small groups at different venues throughout Hong Kong, namely Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Sha Tin Town Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre, Tai Po Civic Centre, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre, Hong Kong Central Library, Pei Ho Street Sports Centre (Sham Shui Po) and the Music Office's music centres at Wan Chai, Mong Kok, Sha Tin, Kwun Tong and Tsuen Wan.

     Online applications are now available at the Music Office's website Course prospectuses and application forms are also available at all performing venues of the LCSD and music centres of the Music Office. The deadline for applications is July 23. Oversubscribed courses will be processed by ballot. For courses not fully taken up, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from August 20.

     For enquiries, please call 2582 5334 or 2598 0801.

Ends/Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:00


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