Learn to Play Day – 9 weeks to go!

We are now getting everything ready for the sixth annual Learn to Play Day taking place on Saturday and Sunday June 24th and 25th.

FREE music lessons for everyone!

We have shops and other venues signed up across the UK and you can find your nearest venue on the locator map at the link below. We are proud to, once again, have the support of the Musicians’ Union and Making Music with the event.

Plus, don’t forget the International Make Music Day that takes place the same week on Wednesday June 21st, all details at www.makemusicday.org/uk if you want to get involved!

All other details can be found at www.learntoplayday.com

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Music for All supports Make Music Day UK

Music for All is very pleased to support Make Music Day UK on 21 June 2017. Make Music Day UK is an annual UK wide, free day of music held in public spaces, from squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres, always held on the summer solstice, 21 June.



This is the UK’s contribution to the international summer solstice music celebration which first started in France in 1982 and now takes place in over 120 countries and 750 cities across the world. Make Music Day UK aims to turn the country into a stage, and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

A host of different venues will be looking for musicians of all ages, kinds and musical genres to fill their locations with music.

Make Music Day UK is:

  • performed by anyone, enjoyed by everyone.
  • A way for everybody in the UK to celebrate the summer solstice, enjoying the longest day of the year, while sampling a range of the fantastic music-making which goes on all year round.
  • A DIY celebration of music when almost any way to make music can and will happen.
  • A chance for anyone to have a go at singing or trying an instrument, and finding out how they, too, can become musicians.
  • Make Music Day UK is open to music makers of all ages, skill levels, and musical persuasions.

When and where will Make Music Day UK take place?

Make Music Day UK will take place on the summer solstice, Wednesday 21 June 2017, in different spaces and places all over the UK.
For all information, go to http://www.makemusicday.org/uk/

What a weekend!

Learn to Play Day 2016 was held on the 12th and 13th of March and was huge success in offering free musical instrument “taster” lessons to the general public.

Over 100 venues took part from across the UK that gave tens of thousands of lessons on a range of instruments to both new and lapsed musicians.

Many thanks to everyone who took part, we hope you will continue your musical journey!

We will announce plans for the 2017 event shortly.

KORG UK announces Learn To Play Day event in Milton Keynes on 12th March

Music for All are pleased to announce KORG UK will be hosting a Learn to Play Day event at the Xscape retail and entertainment complex in Milton Keynes on Saturday, March 12th.

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From 10am to 4pm, the company will be inviting people of all ages to visit the centre for a free introductory music lesson across an array of instruments.  Visitors can choose from Takamine guitars, KORG pianos, MAPEX drums, KORG synths or Jupiter brass and woodwind.

Lessons will take place in Xscape’s shopping centre. No bookings are required; you can simply turn up on the day.

Venue details: Xscape MK, 602 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3XS.


Fender and RGT announce Learn To Play Day events

High footfall shopping centres chosen as venues for free guitar lessons as world’s leading guitar manufacturer continues partnership with Registry of Guitar Tutors and the Music For All charity.

Fender® and RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors) will be supporting ‘National Learn to Play Day’ on Saturday March 12th 2016, with a day at the Intu Trafford Centre, Manchester. The all-day event will take place in the centre of the shopping centre, outside Cafe Nero in Peel Avenue.


Complete beginners or lapsed players will be offered a free 15 minute introductory lesson from a qualified tutor while intermediate to advanced players will have the opportunity to meet the Fender team and try some of the very latest instruments from the world’s leading guitar manufacturer.

Visitors to the event will be entered into an hourly draw to win a Squier® by Fender® pack, containing everything the aspiring guitarist needs to start playing.

Fender and RGT will be hosting further events at other major UK shopping centres in May and June 2016 with dates and venues to be announced soon.

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One Week To Go! Stars support Learn To Play Day

There is only one week to go until the 2015 national Learn To Play Day. Rock stars and celebrities are lining up to support the event including Jools Holland, Gareth Malone, Tom Odell, Johnny Marr, Al Murray and many more! On Saturday 21st March (and on Sunday 22nd March at some venues) over 120 shops and venues, all over the UK, will be running Learn To Play Days and will deliver more than 10,000 FREE taster music lessons. Here’s what the celebrities have to say about the event:

Patron and big band leader Jools Holland said, “whether you used to play or whether you have always wanted to play…. this is the day for you…”.

Guitarist Johnny Marr (Smiths) says, “playing guitar means everything because it means having fun …meeting new people …making new friends…being able to express yourself.”

Tom Odell (Ivor Novello Awards Songwriter of the Year 2014 / John Lewis Advert) says, “I can’t recommend anything else in life more highly, than learning an instrument.”

Gerry Leonard (David Bowie guitarist) believes “learning to play the guitar changed everything for me…. it has been a magical magnificent journey.”

Choirmaster Gareth Malone, Music for All’s newest ambassador commented “… the work Music for All does is very important in helping the next generation of musicians realise their potential.”

Comedian Al Murray observed “Lots of people go through life regretting that they didn’t pick up an instrument… and we want to get kids into it.”

Skunk Anansie guitarist Ace is giving FREE music lessons at Yamaha Music London, Aaron Spears (Usher drummer) will be performing and teaching drums at PMT Leeds, Jason Bowld (Axewound, Pitchshifter) will be holding a live drum session, and offering FREE one to one lessons throughout the day at PMT Birmingham and drummer Craig Blundell will be giving FREE one to one classes at PMT Manchester.

Event holders range from music shops, music venues, music services and even churches, here are some examples: At the Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, the British Airways Brass Band, will be appearing. Joining them will be Pro Music International, Noisy Toys and Pioneer who, between them, aim to provide one hundred hours of FREE music lessons. Meanwhile at StadiumMK, Milton Keynes, Korg UK are inviting visitors to FREE introductory lessons on a range of instruments. Fender’s LTPD is an open house for any one interested in guitars at London’s Royal Festival Hall in conjunction with the Registry of Guitar Tutors and will see bands Lower Than Atlantis and Arcane Roots teaching on the day.

Offers on the day include the Orange Rock Guitar Syllabus worth £14.99, available FREE on Saturday 21st March only. Yamaha Music School, Whitley Bay, Tyneside is offering the chance to win an electric guitar by striking a pose in the ‘Rockstar Selfie Booth’ in Park View Shopping Centre, plus many others.

Check out your local music stores and venues for details of their FREE lessons and workshops, live performances, visits from celebrities and dignitaries, and any competitions, offers and giveaways they may have.

To find out more visit www.learntoplayday.com where you can find your nearest event.