The Burns Middle School and Apollo High School orchestra programs are sponsoring a unique program that is designed to give the gift of music to adults who have always wished they could play an instrument, while also supporting the orchestra programs that benefit BMS and AHS students.

Individual and group lessons teaching violin, viola, cello or double bass are offered at a low cost to adults with all levels of previous musical experience.

The following levels and schedules are being offered. The fall session begins Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, and continues through Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017.

Cost of beginning and developing classes is $90 (due Oct. 30) with $30 due on Dec. 4. The schedule of spring classes will be announced at a later date.

Beginning – Offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings. These classes are for students with little to no experience playing a string instrument. Instruction is planned based on the assumption that participants have no knowledge or experience playing a string instrument.

Developing – Offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings for students who have some experience playing a string instrument and reading music.

Community Orchestra – Offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings for students who have completed beginning and developing classes, or students who have more extensive prior experience.

Private lessons: Private lessons will be available on an individual basis. The fee for private lessons is $20 per 30-­minute lesson. Most private lessons are given on a once-a-week basis.

If you need help determining which group would be best for you, please contact the instructor.

Participants are responsible for providing their own instruments (rentals are available). Anyone interested in purchasing an instrument for these classes should consult with the instructor first to be sure that the instrument is of the quality necessary for success in this program.

For more information, contact orchestra director Kelsey Davidson at 270-681-2328 or by Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.