Chance for children to try out instruments

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A have a go day will give children a chance to sample playing a musical instrument and maybe enrol for group lessons.

The have a go day is being hosted by the Gore Out of School Music Classes and will be held on November 14 from 5pm to 6pm at Calvin Community Church.

Out of School Music administrator Nicola Russell said this year’s pupils displayed their talents at a concert earlier this week.

Now organisers have set their sights on the have a go day.

“That will be a chance to try an instrument and talk to the teachers before they sign up for next year,” Mrs Russell said.

The classes were a great way for school pupils to learn music at minimal cost thanks to funding from the Ministry of Education.

“We have a great line-up of skilled tutors committed to teaching another generation of musicians,” she said.

Lessons are between 20 to 30 minutes long, beginning mid-February and finishing in November with a concert, she said.

The options include violin, singing, ukulele, fife, speech and drama, music theory, guitar, drum, bass guitar, cello, piano/keyboard, flute, clarinet and saxophone.

This year the organisation had 176 pupils, which was on par with previous years, she said.

“It gives kids a wee taste of an instrument,” she said.

Then they could choose to take private lessons.