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Local kids tuning up to make music this fall at WCC

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It might just be music to their ears.

That’s because the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts (MCMA) and Windsor Community Centre have partnered to provide music programs for children in the community for the next two months.

The classes will be held every Wednesday from Oct. 9 to Nov. 27 at the centre, located at 99 Springside Dr.

Mini Mozarts for kids aged three to four (with parents) will run from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., Sing and Play for children aged five to six will follow between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m. and Young Voices is aimed at kids aged seven to 12 and will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Norine Harty, MCMA’s executive director, said the programs are intended to "reach out to the community" and provide an affordable option for musical education.

"In our mission statement, we say we’re trying to build a musical community, and if people can’t come to us, we can go to them," Harty said.

"This is a beautiful community centre and a beautiful area. It’s a wonderful space and a gem in the neighbourhood. We did our research and if you combine the centre’s vibrant Tiny Tots program with the fact Windsor School is next door, we thought it was a good learning opportunity, as there is an abundance of kids in the area."

Harty, who lives in East St. Paul, said there are numerous benefits to musical education for the program’s target age group.

"It improves focus and discipline, helps with math skills, helps kids learn how to work together and it improves confidence and self-esteem and is important in their growth. Come, enjoy and learn to create music," she said.

Cathy Surbey, the centre’s office manager who wears various hats at the facility, is looking forward to bringing music to the community.

"It’s important to bring music to the kids. It’s important for the club to diversify and have something for everyone," Surbey said.

"And I’m looking forward to hearing the music. I won’t need the radio on when I come into the centre anymore," added the St. Vital resident.

Harty noted the age-specific nature of the programs will mean, for example, that the younger kids will get "a lot of movement, singing and playing and lots of percussion and rhythm. They’ll get to experience lots of instruments."

"Both of us are looking forward to hopefully offering the program on an ongoing basis," Harty said, noting the instructors hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

"Maybe this will lead to individual lessons. Who knows? We hope this becomes the music hub of St. Vital."

Jackie Hanna, the centre’s president, said the program will be the first of its kind at the facility.

"As a small community club, it’s important to get kids out to enjoy such an exciting opportunity," said Hanna, who lives in St. Vital.

To register,, or for more information, visit www.mcma.ca or call 204-943-6090.

For more information about MCMA, email Harty at director@mcma.ca

To learn more about WCC, contact Surbey at wcclub1@mymts.net or 204-233-0648.

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