How to try out an in­stru­ment while so­cially dis­tanc­ing

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

FOR­many chil­dren, the op­por­tu­nity to learn a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment is a rite of pas­sage.

And for­many par­ents, there’s the prob­lem of know­ing where to start.

In nor­mal times, Berk­shire Mae­stros or­gan­ise taster ses­sions so that chil­dren can have a go, learn about in­stru­ments and try and find the per­fect match.

But th­ese are not nor­mal times. Or­ches­tras are moth­balled over fears that mu­si­cians can act as su­per­spread­ers of the coro­n­avirus – and it’s also hard to so­cially dis­tance when you have a large num­ber of per­form­ers in a fi­nite amount of space.

So the usual event plans are off. Un­daunted, Berk­shire Mae­stros is us­ing the power of the in­ter­net this Satur­day to give chil­dren a chance to get mu­si­cal.

The Big Mu­sic Day runs on­line from 11am. It’s free and aimed at chil­dren aged six and above.

Ex­perts will ex­plain how the dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments work, talk about its lessons and how they op­er­ate and look at how­mu­sic can make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ples lives.

Berk­shire Mae­stros said that mu­sic lessons can help en­cour­age key skills in­clud­ing con­fi­dence, per­se­ver­ance, team­work, con­cen­tra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Places should be booked in ad­vance.

The event starts with a wel­come. At 11.05am, there’s a ses­sion on wood­wind in­stru­ments, fol­lowed at 11.30amwith a look at the pi­ano. At 11.50am, the fo­cus is on brass and percussion. Gui­tar fol­lows at 12.15pm, string in­stru­ments will be in the spot­light at 12.50pm and there’s a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion at 1.20pm.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a taster ses­sion of the Mini Mae­stros mu­sic classes for ba­bies and chil­dren. This starts at 10am and has the theme of Un­der The Sea.

For more de­tails, log on to www.berk­shire­mae­

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