Outreach Interest Class Programme

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Launched in December 1996, the OIC Programme provides short-term fundamental music training for people of different ages. Group lessons in Western and Chinese musical instruments and various music topics are conducted every week at venues across the territory. The next phase of OIC Programme to be conducted from September 2021 to January 2022 is accepting applications now with details as follows:

Outreach Music Interest Courses (Phase 50)

Instrumental Foundation Classes

 

Workshop Series

  • Online Workshop: Kalimba, MusAppreciation Odyssey, Music for Stress Relief Workshop, ‘Soundtrap’ Online Music Making Workshop
  • Ensemble Training: Western strings, Chinese bowed string instruments, Chinese plucked string instruments
  • Further Study Series: Liuyeqin, Zhong-ruan, Pipa, Yangqin, Zheng, Erhu, Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion (Glockenspiel and Practice Pad)
  • Others: Music Theory, Aural, Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Little Harp

 

Venue

LCSD Performing Venues & Music Office Music Centres

 

Fee

Instrumental foundation classes $1,070 (20 lessons)
Workshop series $105 - $1,005 (2 – 15 lessons)

 

Stage 1 Recruitment (Balloting)

 

Balloting Results

 

Payment Method

Successful applicants should pay the tuition fee through the following methods by 5/8, otherwise, they will be deemed to have given up the application and their places will be opened to the applicants on the waiting list.

 

A. Online Payment
Notification e-mails will be sent to all successful applicants who have provided e-mail addresses in their application forms. There is a specific link in the email for online payment by VISA, MasterCard, UnionPay, JCB or PPS##. After payment, an online acknowledgement will be given and no separate receipt will be issued. Applicants should read carefully the class details and 'Notes to Trainees' on the payment acknowledgement. The payment acknowledgement and identification document** of the applicant have to be presented for verification in the first lesson, otherwise, he/she would not be allowed to attend the class.

 

## for PPS internet account holders only

 

B. By post or in person
Successful applicants are not required to wait for any notifications from the Music Office before payment. They may submit the following documents and pay the tuition fee at any music centre of the Music Office or mail them to the Hong Kong Music Centre#:

 

i. A crossed cheque made payable to "The Government of the HKSAR". Please also state the registration number and the name of applicant at the back of the cheque. Postdated cheques will not be accepted^;
ii. Original copy/ photocopy of the applicant's HKID Card/Birth Certificate**;
iii. A stamped and self-addressed envelope# is required for applicants who submit by post;
iv. If any applicant enrolled does not receive the payment receipt on or before 6/8, please check with the Music Office before 6pm on that day. All trainees should present the payment receipts and their identification documents** for verification in the first lesson, or would not be allowed to attend the class.

 

There will be a temporary waiting list for all oversubscribed courses with effective till 16/8. If places are still available after the payment due date for successful applicants, the applicants on the waiting list will be notified of payment details by email (for applicants who provide e-mail addresses) or mail on 10/8 according to the order on the waiting list. If applicants do not receive any notification by 16/8, they may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

 

Unsuccessful applicants can apply for the remaining quotas in Stage 2 recruitment. No notification will be sent to applicants for it.

 

Stage 2 Recruitment (first-come-first-served from 25/8 to one week after the course commencement)

 

Vacancy list will be available on the webpage from 20/8 afternoon onwards. For courses not fully taken up in Stage 1 recruitment, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis from 25/8. Applicants should complete and return the application form, together with original/ photocopy of the applicant’s HKID Card/Birth Certificate** and the tuition fee (a crossed cheque made payable to the “The Government of the HKSAR”; postdated cheque will not be accepted)^, in person or by a representative to any music centre during the above application period. Every Music Office Music Centre will distribute quota tags at 9:30am on the first day of Stage 2 recruitment and process the applications according to the order of tag numbers from 10:00am.

 

Each person is allowed to submit a maximum of 2 applications forms and each applicant can apply for 1 course under the workshop series &/or 1 instrument foundation class only. This restriction will be removed from 26/8. Trainees, who have successfully enrolled in Stage 1 recruitment, can also apply for classes with remaining quotas then

 

On 25/8, if the Hong Kong Observatory issues a Red/ Black Rainstorm Warning Signal, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Pre-No.8 or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.8 or above, anytime during 7:00am - 9:30 am, or all Music Office music centres have to be closed due to special circumstance, the start of enrolment will be postponed to 26/8. If the inclement weather / special circumstance continues, please observe the announcement on the Music Office’s website for the latest enrolment arrangements.

 

Enrolment Time
Monday to Friday: 10:00am–12:00nn and 2:00pm–4:00pm (Public holidays: Closed)
Enrolment Centres
Hong Kong Music Centre
9/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, HK
Tel.: 2802 0657
Kwun Tong Music Centre
4/F Lam Tin Complex, 1 Hing Tin Street, Lam Tin, Kowloon
Tel.: 2796 2893
Mongkok Music Centre
10/F Mongkok Government Offices, 30 Luen Wan Street, Mongkok, Kowloon
Tel.: 2399 2200
Tsuen Wan Music Centre
1/F Tsuen Wan Government Offices, 38 Sai Lau Kok Road, Tsuen Wan, NT
Tel.: 2417 6429
Shatin Music Centre
7/F Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Shatin, NT
Tel.: 2158 6462
** Information including the name of applicant, date of birth and document number should be showed in the identification document.
# Please ensure sufficient postage before posting. Underpaid mail items will not be accepted and such items will be handled by the Hongkong Post.
^ For enquiry about the payment method, please contact any music centre of the Music Office.

Notes to Applicants

  1. In Stage 1 recruitment, all oversubscribed courses will be processed by ballot. The remaining quotas will be open to enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis from 25/8/2021.
  2. Current trainees of the ‘Instrumental Music Training Scheme’ are allowed to apply for the workshop series of the Outreach Music Interest Courses, but not for the instrument foundation classes.
  3. Every applicant will be assigned not more than 1 instrument foundation class and/or 1 course under the workshop series. This restriction will be removed from the second day of Stage 2 recruitment (26/8/2021). Trainees, who have successfully enrolled in Stage 1 recruitment, can also apply for classes with remaining quotas then.
  4. Before submission of application, applicant should read carefully the course prospectus for enrolment requirement, age limit and requisite musical standard prescribed for the respective courses. Applicant who fails to meet the requirement will be disqualified, and no refund of tuition fee will be made.
  5. The age of applicants will be based on 1/9/2021.
  6. Upon submission of application, the applicant is deemed to have fully understood and agreed to comply with all rules in connection with the admission and attendance of Outreach Music Interest Courses of the Music Office.
  7. Admission is at the discretion of the Music Office.
  8. A receipt and a Trainee Memorandum will be issued to the applicant after payment of tuition fee. Applicant should immediately check against the information on the receipt. No separate letter of acceptance will be issued. Trainees are expected to be present for classes at the time and venue indicated in the Memorandum, and should bring along their receipts to the first lesson and keep them until the end of the course.
  9. The Music Office reserves the right to change the instructor, time and venue of the course and cancel the whole course or individual lessons under special circumstances. The applicants concerned will be notified and refunded for course/ lesson thus cancelled (except for the class cancellation due to inclement weather). They should provide the original payment receipts for refund. Their places will no longer be reserved, regardless they accept the refund or not.
  10. No refund or transfer of course fees can be arranged for applicants who withdraw from the course.
  11. Postdated cheque will not be accepted. In the case of a dishonored cheque, the enrolment will be cancelled without further notice to the applicant and the Music Office will reserve the right to take legal and/or administrative actions.
  12. Applications by telephone, email or fax are not accepted.
  13. The Outreach Music Interest Courses aim to provide participants short-term basic musical training. After the completion of training, participants can seek learning opportunities in the community or approach their instructors for advice if they wish to continue with their studies.
  14. The Music Office reserves the right to amend the above terms and conditions without prior notice.

 

Medium of Instruction

Cantonese

 

Class Rules (Applicable to face-to-face classes)

  1. Trainees shall attend the lessons in person and shall not ask another person to take their places or accompany them during lessons.
  2. Trainee shall not change class without permission; otherwise, their right of attendance will be terminated and no refund of tuition fee will be made.
  3. Trainees shall present their payment receipts and identification documents (e.g. Identity Card or Student Card) for verification upon request.
  4. Except for the keyboard classes, trainees shall bring along their own musical instruments to classes. No musical instrument rental, loan or storage service will be provided.
  5. Trainees shall be punctual in class. Arriving late and/or leaving early for more than a quarter of the class time shall be regarded as absent.
  6. Trainees shall not be absent from classes without valid reasons as absenteeism adversely affects learning progress. The Music Office will not arrange make-up class or refund for absentees.
  7. The Music Office reserves the rights to change the class arrangement (e.g. instructor, time and venue of the course) due to contingency. Trainees have no right to oppose the same.
  8. Instructors will give lessons according to the syllabus. Minor changes may, however, be made with reference to the musical standard of the majority of trainees in the class.
  9. No eating, drinking or smoking is allowed in the class.
  10. Please switch off the mobile phones and any other sound and light emitting devices in the class.
  11. Trainees shall take good care of the facilities in the classroom, behave in an orderly manner, show respect for instructors, and observe all rules laid down by the Music Office and the Laws of Hong Kong. Otherwise, the Music Office reserves the right to expel them from class, and refund of tuition fee will not be made. Besides, trainees are liable to compensation for damages to public property.
  12. The Music Office and the instructors are not allowed to order books, musical instruments, etc. for the trainees. Course instructor will only provide his/ her own professional opinion for trainees’ reference in connection with the selection of musical instruments.
  13. Trainees are required to use the original copy of textbook and/or workbook in the class.
  14. The Music Office reserves the rights to make and retain audio and visual recordings of the trainees' performance in the class or other functions held by the Music Office for the purposes of archive, reference and publicity of Music Office’s related activities.

 

Preventive Measures against COVID-19 and other Infectious Diseases (Applicable to face-to-face classes)

  1. Trainees are required to take body temperature beforehand. Any person with fever or respiratory symptoms must refrain from joining the class and is advised to seek medical advice immediately.
  2. Trainees are requested to wear their own masks in the teaching venues and clean hands by rubbing with alcohol-based handrub before lesson.
  3. There is temperature screening at the entrance of each teaching venue. Any person with fever or respiratory symptoms will be asked to leave the premises and seek medical assistance immediately.
  4. Trainees are required to submit the completed “Declaration and Undertaking Form for Travel History and Health Status of Trainees” to the instructors in the first lesson. (For those who have contracted the virus and have recovered and for those who have classified as a “close contact of an infected person” with COVID-19, if they are still under the compulsory quarantine period, they have to inform the Music Office and refrain from joining the class.)
  5. To avoid crowd gathering and lower the infective risk, trainees’ parents/minders cannot stay in the premises. Trainees are required to leave the premises immediately after lesson.
  6. According to the requirements of the venue, all trainees are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their names, contact number and the date and time of the visit before entering the venue. Trainees can download the "LeaveHomeSafe" app in advance so that they can scan the QR code immediately upon entering the venue. Those who choose to register personal data, please arrive early as the registration process takes time.

 

Class Rules (Applicable to online classes)

  1. Trainees shall attend the lessons in person and shall not ask another person to take their place or accompany them during lessons.
  2. Trainees shall not change class without permission; otherwise, their right of attendance will be terminated and no refund of tuition fee will be made.
  3. Trainees shall bring along their own musical instruments to classes.
  4. Trainees shall be punctual in class. Arriving late and/or leaving early for more than a quarter of the class time shall be regarded as absent.
  5. Trainees shall not be absent from classes without valid reasons as absenteeism adversely affects learning progress. The Music Office will not arrange make-up class or refund for absentees.
  6. The Music Office reserves the rights to change the class arrangement (e.g. instructor, time and venue of the course) due to contingency. Trainees have no right to oppose the same.
  7. Instructors will give lessons according to the syllabus. Minor changes may, however, be made with reference to the musical standard of the majority of trainees in the class.
  8. The Music Office and the instructors are not allowed to order books, musical instruments, etc. for the trainees. Course instructor will only provide his/ her own professional opinion for trainees’ reference in connection with the selection of musical instruments.
  9. The Music Office reserves the rights to make and retain audio and visual recordings of the trainees' performance in the class or other functions held by the Music Office for the purposes of archive, teaching reference and publicity.
  10. Online courses are conducted via Zoom. Trainees are required to prepare their own computer/ electronic device (e.g. desktop, notebook or mobile phone, etc.) equipped with wireless or broadband network and webcam, and download the software Zoom for participating the lessons in advance.
  11. Individual meeting ID, passcode and link of the ZOOM lessons will be sent by email one week before the class commencement. Trainees shall not disclose the said information to others.
  12. Trainees may enter the online classroom 10 minutes before the class start time.
  13. When entering the online classroom, trainees shall input their full name for the purpose of recording attendance.
  14. If the network is suddenly offline, trainees can log in to Zoom again. Please wait patiently for the instructor's approval before entering the class again.
  15. Trainees shall wear appropriate clothing, keep their appearance clean, and attend the lesson in a quiet location throughout the lesson.
  16. To facilitate the attendance checking and monitor the trainees’ learning progress, trainees shall ensure their cameras are switched on and deliver a clear image of themselves.
  17. Trainees are not allowed to make audio/video recording, take photos/screenshots or rebroadcast in class to protect the privacy of all parties.

 

Holidays and Suspension of Classes

  1. Classes will be suspended and postponed during public holidays (except Sundays). No separate notifications will be issued.
  2. Classes will be suspended and postponed when the Music Office fails to arrange a substitute for any instructor who is absent due to an emergency.
  3. Classes will be suspended and postponed when the classrooms are not available. If the venues are suddenly closed due to emergency, the Music Office will inform the trainees through SMS as soon as possible. The Music Office will not arrange another make-up class or refund for individual trainee who is unable to attend the scheduled makeup.
  4. Classes will be cancelled without notification when *#:
    1. the Hong Kong Observatory issues a Red/Black Rainstorm Warning anytime during the three-hour period before class;
    2. the Hong Kong Observatory issues a "Pre-No. 8 Special Announcement” or hoists Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above anytime during the three-hour period before class.

      However, classes will be conducted as scheduled if the above rainstorm warning or typhoon signal is lowered three hours before class (e.g. if the typhoon signal is lowered at 2:00pm, classes starting before 5:00pm will be cancelled while classes starting from 5:00pm and onwards will be held as usual).
  5. In the event that the Education Bureau announces a closure of all schools due to special circumstances (e.g. extreme weather or epidemic situation), please observe the announcement on the Music Office’s website or contact the Music Office for the latest class arrangements.

* In the event of a typhoon or other inclement weather, it is at the discretion of parents as to whether to let their children attend classes and trainees are advised to view the latest weather condition regularly.

# No make-up class or refund will be arranged for classes cancelled due to inclement weather. Instructors will then adjust the teaching plan accordingly.

 

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be issued to those trainees with attendance rates of 80% or above. Eligible trainees should collect the certificates in April and May 2022 by presenting their payment receipts at the respective music centres. Trainees who fail to collect the certificates during the collection period are deemed to have given up the same, and reissuance will not be made by the Music Office.

Enquiries

3842 7773, 2596 0898, 2598 8335         outreachmusic@lcsd.gov.hk