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Schoolchildren take musical lessons during leisure time

BY: Emmanuel Baah
 Pastor Acheampong (standing left), supervising the pupils during one of their music sessions.
Pastor Acheampong (standing left), supervising the pupils during one of their music sessions.

Some basic schoolchildren in Kumasi are learning how to play various musical instruments during their leisure time.

The children are learning how to play the guitar, drums and the piano.

They are also taken through sight reading, sound engineering, voice training and the rudiments and theory of music.

When the Junior Graphic visited Victory Music Training School (VMTS), located adjacent to the Kumasi High School  near Arkomenz Hotel in Kumasi at the weekend, some children were being taken through a number of musical lessons.

The children started the lessons eight months ago, during the temporary closure of schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that all schools have reopened, they have their lessons on Saturdays to enable them have ample time to enjoy their music lessons.

In an interview, the Music Director of VMTS, Pastor Augustine Marfo Ameyaw Acheampong, said the introduction of children to the music school, which was earlier targeted at adults, began when schools closed down and it became necessary to engage them to learn something new.

Currently, he said there were 40 children aged between five and 14 years.

A pastor and a graduate of the University of  Education, Winneba, who specialised in Music, Pastor Acheampong believes  his desire to teach these young ones is a divine calling to help harness their God-given talents.

He said he now preferred the basic class to that of the adults, adding that it was always fun having lessons with the young ones who were very eager to learn the musical instruments.

Pastor Acheampong children to develop their talents they should endeavour to also take their academic studies seriously.

In conformity with the social distancing protocols, the pupils have been divided into four groups to avert overcrowding in the classroom.