Lakeland College is expanding the performing arts program with a new suite of lessons for a range of brass instruments.
Mona Smith, the business facilitator for the energy, entrepreneurship and aboriginal programming at Lakeland College said that the idea of the lessons in brass came about after discussions with a classically-trained musician from the Philippines.
“We are always trying to expand the programs that we offer to residents in the community,” she said. “Andrian Antinero, who has performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years as a trombone player. He actually approached me, and asked if there was anyway that he could start something like this up.
“Andrian approached us and we decided that if there was a way to expand our musical breadth then by all means, let’s do that.”
The private lessons will be offered at the Lloydminster campus of the college, Smith said.
“Our Lloydminster campus is equipped with studios and the Black Box Theatre,” she said. “This is where we are starting out, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be expanding to the Vermilion campus. We just want to see the interest at the Lloydminster campus before moving forward.”
According to Smith, there are benefits of taking lessons through Lakeland College, rather than from a private source.
“All of our music classes are offered privately. Andrian at this point will be offering private classes to those who register,” Smith said. “The benefit of our private lessons, through Lakeland College, will be that students will be able to learn from an expert in the music world, and help people in the community work on those little things that make musicians a better musician.
“He will also be able to help teach students some of the different music that students might not have been familiar with.”
Smith said that there will also be a chance to work with Andrian in private one-on-one sessions.
“Whether it be sports or music, here at Lakeland College we enjoy given our students a change to work one-on-one one with a person who has expertise in a certain area of study.”
Smith said that with the new year, the lessons are going to be broken into two semesters. “Our second semester starts Jan. 26 and runs until June 12,” she said.
Registration can be done online at www.lakelandcollege.ca/music-lessons, or by contacting Smith directly at 780-871-5718.
“Take a look at what lessons we have to offer,” Smith said.
Musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to register for the brass lessons.
One thing that the students who register are asked to bring is their own instrument, according to Smith, as the college does not offer any instruments to students.
“Students need to bring their own instruments. Quite often if people who are registering are in the school system, already they will have their own instruments through their band costs,” Smith said.
“Students are encouraged to have their own instruments, which makes practicing more easier when they do.”