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Instrumental music training schemes invite applications from beginners

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

The "Instrumental Music Training Scheme" and the "School Instrumental Music Training Scheme", under the Music Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, are now recruiting beginners for 2006/07. Young people aged six to 14 are welcome to apply.

The "Instrumental Music Training Scheme" which has a current enrolment of more than 4,000 trainees, provides training in more than 20 Western and Chinese musical instruments, including violin, viola, cello, flute, bassoon, clarinet, erhu, dizi and zhongruan, with supplementary courses in musicianship and theory.

The two-year elementary training courses will start in November. Weekly one-hour group lessons for beginners are conducted in Cantonese at the Music Office's music centres in Wan Chai, Kwun Tong, Mong Kok, Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan. Monthly tuition fee is $130. Deadline for applications is August 19.

The "School Instrumental Music Training Scheme", which will also begin in November, will be conducting elementary classes in violin and dizi in Tin Shui Wai Xiangang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science and Creativity.

Weekly one-hour group lessons will be conducted in Cantonese. Tuition fee for the first year is $1,170 to be paid in three instalments. Deadline for applications is August 25.

Applicants for beginners' classes of both schemes will be required to attend a simple melody and rhythm test. Those who successfully pass the test will be invited to attend an interview thereafter.

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: .

For enquiries, please call 2582 5345.

Ends/Thursday, August 3, 2006
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