Interlude: learning in perfect harmony

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Started by Homecoming King Nathan Ng during his sophomore year, Interlude is a club that helps many young musicians who can’t afford music lessons.

“We give music lessons at no cost to underprivileged families and families that can’t afford the high cost of private lessons,” club president senior Nathan Ng said.

Ng started the club almost three years ago in order to provide access to quality music instruction to all students, even those who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Flyers are sent out to elementary school teachers and handed out at the Irvine Public School Foundation (IPSF) instrument rental day. Students in the Northwood club can sign up to give lessons to children. Club members and those interested in learning are then matched up for lessons based on instrument. Then, at the scheduled times, the elementary students meet at Northwood in Room 501, the music room, for the lessons.

For those who can’t play instruments, there are still opportunities to help out. The club offers opportunities to volunteer at Northwood’s instrumental and vocal concerts.

Club meetings often involve activities to encourage new members to join. They often have games to help keep people interested and increase interest in the club.

“There are fun activities that we do during our club meetings. Music trivia gets pretty intense when Nathan brings out the candy,” said senior Mehul Sonowal, an Interlude club member.

In previous years, Ng has found several events for club members to participate in.

“One thing we did last year was called ‘Low Brass Low Down’ which was a clinic that we had several students volunteer for,” Ng said.

The clinic was hosted by elementary schools, but several club members from Interlude volunteered to help.

This year, Ng hopes to hold a recital for the elementary students who are receiving lessons. He would like to have the high school volunteers playing side by side with them.

In the future, Ng hopes to expand the reach of Interlude to communities in Santa Ana and Anaheim, where music programs are less funded, or in many cases not even present in elementary schools.

Those interested in helping can join the club, which meets on Thursdays in Room 501.