Taking students with a passion for music and turning them into budding teachers one one goal the Bay Plays strives to achieve.
The not for profit charitable organisation wants to encourage more people to take up music and is hosting an open day on Wednesday for people to see what they are all about.
"As part of Bay Plays ethos of being a not for profit charitable trust, dependant on community funding, part of our philosophy to give back to the community we receive from is to mentor our students who are passionate about music into budding teachers," says treasurer Carol Burke.
"November 2017 saw us farewell two student teachers off to university – a very proud and sad moment."
Hannah first picked up the saxophone at age 9 with Bay Play and never put it down finishing her 2017 year tutoring five students in sax and flute.
Angela completed her grade six piano this year and had 10 keyboard pupils.
This year will see Bay Play celebrate 20 years of commitment to the community – making music financially accessible to primary and intermediate age children.
“Our difference (other than keyboard which is one-on-one), is that we offer group style tuition to keep the costs down and encourage student mentoring for tutors,” says Carol.
“Tuition enrolment is for the full year, the cost after discount if you take the early full payment option is $220 to $260 for the year depending on the instrument – this works out at $8.38 a lesson for the most expensive instruments such as keyboard/violin and less for the others. This is very competitive.”
Music lessons are 25 minutes long, and are held at Mt College Music Suite between 3.30-5.30pm Mondays and Wednesdays.
Tuition is offered for recorder, flute, clarinet, sax, violin, cello, guitar, ukulele, trumpet and keyboard.