Any child who is curious about clarinets, keen on keyboards or fascinated by flutes will have a chance to play one next week at the first ever Open Evenings being staged by the Jersey Music Service.
Students of primary or secondary school age will be able to try out musical instruments to help them decide which one they would like to learn.
The Head of Jersey Music Service, Graham Cox, said: ‘Quite often when a young person takes up an instrument it’s one that’s been suggested to them rather than one that really inspires them. Sometimes they’ve just chosen an instrument because they don’t really know what else is available.
‘We realised that young people need to be able to pick up a whole range of musical instruments and try them out for size. This will help them make an informed choice about what they would like to play and, hopefully, means it will be right for them.’
The JMS team of music teachers will be on hand at this new event to show young people how to introduce different instruments ranging from guitars to saxophones and show how to play them. Members of the JMS Student Council will also be there to explain what it’s like to learn an instrument with the service, and the parents’ group, Friends of Jersey Music Service, are also taking part.
Dr Cox added: ‘We’ve never done this kind of event before but it should be a lot of fun for everyone involved, as well as being a really useful showcase for the musical instruments we can offer. Anyone can come along to find out more about brass, woodwind, strings, percussion or vocals.’
Entry to the Open Evenings, which are being held next Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May from 4.30pm to 7.30pm at Hautlieu School, is free and there is no need to book.