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Music 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 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 2007-08. 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, harp, flute, saxophone, bassoon, erhu, dizi and zhongruan, with supplementary courses in musicianship and theory, is inviting applications from children aged six 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 six to 12 to attend elementary classes in pipa, liuyeqin and flute at Tin Shui Wai Xiangang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science and Creativity.

Classes of both schemes are conducted in Cantonese with weekly one-hour group lessons. Annual tuition fees, $1,260 for the first year and $1,540 for the second year, are to be paid in instalments. Deadline for applications is August 18.

Applicants for both schemes will be required to attend a Music Aptitude Test. Those who have successfully passed 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: .

For enquiries, please call 2582 5345 (Instrumental Music Training Scheme) and 2158 6462 (School Instrumental Music Training Scheme).

Ends/Friday, August 3, 2007
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