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Free music lessons for youths

Music Access Society, a Langley-based non-profit society, is looking for participants and sponsors for its free music programs starting in September.

Music Access Society (MAS) is a newly-formed not-for profit initiative formed by local residents which recognizes that limitations in arts education combined with B.C.’s high cost of living leaves restricted-income families without the ability to afford music lessons for their children.

MAS realizes that families living on a fixed or restricted income are forced to forego beneficial extra-curricular education programs, due to the high cost of feeding, clothing and caring for their children.

MAS believes that at the core of every young spirit is the promise of something great. With the right conditions, including education and community, it is believed that every child and youth benefit both autonomously and in community from musical education.

MAS has recently created a sponsorship program for children and youth in Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Langley, and the South Surrey/White Rock area who would otherwise be unable to afford music education or musical instruments.  MAS is offering both private and group instruction commencing this September.  Participants will be offered free music lessons and access to musical instruments to take home for the duration of the lessons.

September’s group lessons will be class piano at the City of Langley’s Al Anderson Pool and group guitar at St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church, Aldergrove. Private lessons will be offered in music schools closest to the student’s home. Musical instruments are supplied by local donors.

MAS aims to welcome students to learn with qualified teachers in a music school where they can be musically inspired and guided in developing their creative potential. Musical enthusiasm and a desire to learn are required; no further music experience is needed. Seats are currently available. Call or email today to apply.

The Music Access Society was founded by John Briner, BAMus, LLB, LLM, a local father of four, a practicing lawyer and former private guitar instructor, and Anne Guite, BA, a local music teacher and former social worker, along with a small group of music educators and supporters.

Contact John Briner, Executive Director, and Anne Guite, Director of Operations, if you wish to speak about the need for increased access to music education and about how to participate in sponsoring the program.

For inquiries about Lessons for your child or to donate instruments or sponsor a student, contact: info@musicaccesssociety.com or call 604-259-8452.

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