A Stockport school is offering music lessons for children aged 8 to 14 for just £1, with free instruments and tutors from the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Christ with All Saints’ Music School, in Heaton Norris, launched the scheme last month to improve educational opportunities for local children in response to the high cost of learning an instrument.
School Director Philip Waddington said: “Most children have the desire to learn to play a musical instrument at some point.
“This, however, can often be prohibitively expensive, especially for families with more than one child”.
Tutors from the Royal Northern College of Music, along with regular volunteer teachers, will provide students with a solid foundation in music through professional music education.
Lessons are taking place on Saturday mornings during term time, with donated instruments loaned to pupils at no charge where possible.
Mr Waddington explained: “The cost of an instrument alone is a huge outlay followed by the cost of lessons which can often become a financial burden”.
The instruments available include piano, organ, keyboard, viola, cello, woodwind and brass, with the syllabus also featuring aural training and music theory.
More information about the school is available at www.cwas.org.uk.
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