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Term Two Classes At Otara Music And Arts Centre

Media Release
31 March 2004


Enrolments are now being taken for term two classes and workshops at Manukau City Council's Otara Music and Arts Centre.

Children are encouraged to explore their identity and learn the basics of portraiture using texture, form, tone, contour and colour theory in Maria Peach's "This is me" art workshop. The workshop takes place over two Saturdays on the 8 and 15 May.

Maria is a practicing artist and generates enthusiasm and excitement when tutoring students. Her classes provide an artistic, vibrant and constructive environment.

Adult classes include M.C. (Rap) Writing with tutor Zurial Harrison. Participants are encouraged to take the time to learn catchy creative lyrics that will stand the test of time.

Zurial Harris also known as 'No Artificial Flavours' has had a number one hit on Mai FM called "Sweet as Bro". He is currently working on a new album. Not only will he advise on the kind of music record labels want to hear, he will give you confidence and style in lyric composition and writing.

The Pen to Paper Story Writing Workshop with Phillip Chase allows you to improve your writing skills by creating entertaining and interesting stories. You'll also master technical writing and learn how to get your work published.

Phillip who is currently a tutor at Manukau Institute of Technology and the co-author of a report writing manual is excited about sharing his knowledge and expertise with students.

Expand your musical talents with Vernon Katipa's Bass Guitar Workshop. At this ten week workshop you will learn the basics through to advanced Bass guitar playing. Learn about the guitar tuning keys, head, frets, pick ups, volume and tone controls, bridge, fingering techniques major minor scales and time signature.

OMAC Programme Co-ordinator, Ruth Thompson says, "Enrolments for these exciting courses and others offered at Otara Music Arts Centre are being taken now. For more details call the centre on 274-6400 or pick up the latest free copy of Manukau City Council's 'Arts in the City' brochure from your nearest library, arts centre or website"

Course details

'This is me' Children's Art Workshop - Two-day workshop Saturdays 8 and 15 May, 1 - 3pm. Tutor Maria Peach - Cost $30.00

M.C. (Rap) Writing Class - 10 weeks starting Monday 26 April 7.00 - 8.00pm. Tutor: Zurial Harrison - Cost $80.00

Pen to Paper Story Writing Workshop - 4 weeks starting Saturday 29 May,

5, 12, 19 June 1 - 3pm. Tutor: Phillip Chase - Cost $80.00

Bass Guitar Workshop - 10 weeks starting 26 April, three sessions 5.45 - 6.15pm, 6.15 - 6.45pm and 6.45 - 7.15pm. Tutor: Vernon Katipa - Cost $60.00 Other classes also available - Hip/Tap Dance Mix to Individual Piano lessons as listed in our current Arts in the City Catalogue - Term1 & 2 2004.


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