Free film and music courses now on offer

Music makers: Some of the previous adult learners
Music makers: Some of the previous adult learners

Budding musicians or film directors in Kirkcaldy are being offered the chance to pick up extra skills at new adult education classes.

The free courses, teaching people the basics of a range of music and film studies are now on offer through the town’s YMCA.

And they are open to any person over the age of 16 who is either unemployed or works fewer than 16 hours a week.

Creative Music and Intro to Film start on April 29 and run from 1.00-4.00 p.m. every Monday and Thursday for eight weeks.

The Creative Music course is on offer to anyone who plays an instrument and wants to jam with others in an informal environment or for those who want to learn the basics of sound production and making music using state-of-the-art digital technology.

Participants on this course can learn about writing, playing and recording music in an industry standard studio with professional musicians, sound engineers and like-minded people.

The Introduction to Film course is for anyone with an interest in film making who would like to learn how to write, shoot and edit their own films of any genre or media.

Participants will learn to make films using the latest equipment and technology with professional film makers as well as sharing ideas and collaborating with people who share a common interest in the subject.

Liz Easton, general secretary at Kirkcaldy YMCA in Valley Gardens, said: “We have run both these courses in the past and they have proved very popular and very successful.

“People who have take part in the past have gone on to bigger and better things by learning the basics here under the guidance of very skilled and professional tutors.

“We have had people go on to study various sound engineering and production courses at Adam Smith College as well as Perth College to study music, while others have gone on to film production courses at other colleges around the country.

“So whether it is to build up your confidence and meet new people who share your interest after some time out of work or to learn some valuable new skills with a view to further study, these courses have proved very worthwhile.”

Anyone looking for more information on either of the courses should contact David Gillespie at Kirkcaldy YMCA on (01592) 645530.