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It’s that time of year again. On the first day of January, a lot of us were probably sitting down and wondering what our New Year’s Resolutions were going to be. Giving up smoking, cutting down on drinking, going to the gym… But what about learning a musical instrument or taking up singing? If your resolution revolves around music – or you’re just looking for something a bit different to kick off 2015 – then The Sage are offering a range of classes and sessions as part of their new spring term.

For all you bassists out there, All About That Bass is offering an intermediate course in how to play and improve your skills by learning some popular classics. If you’re looking to broaden your bass-playing horizons then it’s a great place to start (Meghan Trainor optional).

The ever-popular Steel Pan classes are running once again and are suitable for all ability levels; if it’s your first time or you’re an experienced panner, all are welcome to learn the Caribbean staple. If you want something a bit more old-school, then maybe Adult Rock Band is more your scene. The band aims to explore a variety of genres – from rock and pop to soul – through hits from the 50s right up until the modern day.

If your vocal chords need a good workout, then there’s plenty on offer. Both Find Your Voice and Step Into Singing are designed to help beginners find the singer within them and conquer their fears. Harmonize provides the opportunity to try your hand at singing in a variety of different styles, while Old Town Voices can cater for all your pop, gospel and jazz needs. In The Groove – a popular course amongst adult learners – teaches its participants how to sing a variety of popular songs in exciting new arrangements; members of the group even get to sing with some of the performers at the venue.

If you’re wondering where you might be able to flex some folk muscles, then don’t worry, the Sage have you covered there too. Folkworks Tuesday is the best place to hone your vocal, instrumental and percussive dance skills and is open to folk musicians of all levels. A new addition to the 2014/15 line-up is the Folk Choir, which features guest tuition from Eliza Carthy.

The spring term begins on Monday¬†12th January. For a full list of classes and how you can get involved, visit the Sage Gateshead’s website.

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