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Novice musicians fine-tune their skills

BUDDING instrumentalists will have the opportunity to fine-tune their skills under the tutelage of experienced musicians when the Clarence City Band kicks off its Development Program for another year.

The step-based program will see participants progress through four stages of learning — beginner band, level two band, level three band and transition band.

Each of the first three levels adopt structured learning materials called ‘Standard of Excellence’, while the fourth stage hones player ensemble skills in preparation for participation in any one of the band’s four performance ensembles.

Clarence City Band vice-president Chris Ward said that up to 300 people had participated in the program since it commenced in 2004.

“For more than a decade, the Clarence City Band has provided the opportunity for community members from 10-years-of-age to come together to learn to read music and play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument,” he said.

“Our program is structured around band materials called Standard of Excellence, which cater for people who come to the program knowing nothing about reading music or about the instrument that they have chosen to play.”

Mr Ward said the Clarence City Band would also be running an inaugural induction program for people who have never learned to read music.

“The intention of this program is to help people gain confidence in the basic reading of music, so they will have more headspace to concentrate on the instrument specific skills later on,” he said.

“Our development program is designed to accept people of varying skill levels and to provide opportunities for them to further develop their instrument and ensemble playing skills.”

The development program will commence with an information session at the Lindisfarne Citizens Activity Centre in Lincoln Street, Lindisfarne on Tuesday 21 February at 6pm.

The beginner group workshop will be held from 11-12 March.

For more information, visit http://clarencecityband.com.au.

Caption: The Clarence City Band performs at a wide range of activities in the Clarence municipality, as well as staging a number of formal concerts each year. Image: Facebook.

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