This morning I have been testing potential French Horn pupils. The region offer primary kids (P6 who I think are 9yrs old) the opportunity to test out 'endangered species' instruments. I was in a room and 2o-30 kids approx came to try horn, and my job was to get them to try playing it and to say 'yes' or 'no' to whether we should call them back.
I actually enjoyed it quite a lot. And many of the kids were great!
The point of the exercise is to select children who will be offered the chance to have lessons for a year for free. They'll get the instrument, and the lessons for the year paid for by the region. It's a great initiative - unlike anything we were offered back in the Shire. Having taught some of last year's selection I definitely think it's worthwhile.