Learn to Play Day weekend: 23rd and 24th March 2019 – save the date!


We are excited to announce the 2019 dates for Music for All’s annual UK-wide flagship event.

Join us on the 23rd and 24th March 2019 for the eighth annual Learn to Play Day!

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 2018, over 100 venues all around the country put on events. We had music shops, orchestras, Churches, rehearsal rooms, community music projects, Music services and more …. All are very welcome!

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

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.

We need you to hold your own event to make this initiative work. It’s a truly fun day and really great publicity for your organisation; you’d be surprised as to how much of the public don‘t know that you’re there!

All you need to is open up your doors over the weekend and make your instruments accessible, and provide some staff or teachers that are able to give short introductory lessons to beginners.

There’s lots of ways to be creative with your LTPD event –

This year, Millers Music held a ‘Harmonica Playathon’ to celebrate the national Learn to Play Day. They organised what was probably the biggest music lesson in the UK! It saw almost 300 people learn to play a new musical instrument for free. See more here to find out how much it benefited their business.

2018 saw drop-in events at community orchestras, giant keyboard lessons outside a music shop, celebrity teachers, heart-warming harp workshops, the chance to learn music production skills on synthesizers and groove boxes, guest performances and more!

Orange Amplification even made their online teaching course available to everyone worldwide for FREE for Learn to Play Day 2018.

2019 promises to be just as full of excitement, it’s not to be missed!

Don’t forget – Make Music Day happens every year on the 21st June, where free music events take place in venues and public spaces around the UK – from town squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres. It’s celebrated in over 120 countries around the world! Get thinking about how your organisation can celebrate Make Music Day 2019.


Please do get in touch with alice@mia.org.uk and register your interest in holding your own Learn to Play Day event. The interactive map and marketing tools will be coming soon!