Learn to Play Day 2018!


Join us on 17th & 18th of March 2018, for Music for All’s UK-wide event. Returning for its’ seventh year, the Learn to Play Day will once again offer the general public the chance to have a free ‘taster’ lesson on a range of musical instruments.

In 2017, over 120 venues put on events. Music shops are the bedrock of venues taking part, but many other groups run events on the day including Music Services, Churches, rehearsal rooms, music schools and community music projects….all are very welcome!

Over 12,000 free lessons were given in 2017 with up to a third of people going on to continue their musical journey.

To see the day in action, go to http://www.musicforall.org.uk/learntoplayday/

Music for All’s aim for Learn to Play Day is to create a whole host of new music makers and to bring lapsed musicians back into action.

For those of you wanting to hold an event, it’s a truly fun day and really great publicity for your shop/organisation; you’d be surprised as to how much of the public don‘t know that you’re there!

Although opening up your doors and making your instruments accessible is really effective, there’s many ways to be creative with your event – last year the Musicroom store in Edinburgh created “Fleetwood Macintosh” for the day, Rhythm Room pitched up at Togfest (a music festival in Milton Keynes) and at PMT Norwich you could book a trial drum lesson with Ash Soan, who is the drummer for Adele, Robbie Williams, Cher, Celine Dion and more!

Look out for an article in the next few weeks about how Learn to Play Day isn’t just for the good of the industry, but how it can also help you financially.

Please do get in touch with alice@mia.org.uk if you’d like to hold your own Learn to Play Day event.

Here’s some thoughts from previous Learn to Play Day hosts:

Stuart Lewis – Spider Music:

“Learn to Play Day was our best financial day of the year so far. We sold lots of children’s guitars, lots of drum sticks, and we now have a huge pile of customers to ring back this week to try and fit them all in!”

Nigel Hill – Yamaha Music London:

“The highlight of our day was the buzz, vibrant feel, engagement levels and overall happiness of those who took part!”

Diana Wood – Harp on Wight:

“Today has been undoubtedly one of the most magical days of my entire life….

We had over 60 people come and try the harp, and all were so enthusiastic, but one in particular – 5 year old Millie – was completely entranced, and played for a full 35 minutes. Her parents and we three were totally transfixed and overwhelmed and somewhat emotional to see the effect this had on this small child. It was a truly unforgettable moment. Thanks so much to all your team for allowing us this privilege.”