On Saturday March 31st, Music for All, the charity of the UK musical instrument industry will hold the first, annual National Learn To Play Day.
On this day, the UK’s musical instrument shops will open their doors and offer free instrument “taster” lessons to the general public.
UK Music fully supports the initiative.
Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music, the commercial music industry’s umbrella body, said: “National Learn to Play Day is a fabulous idea from Paul McManus and Music For All. Popping into your local music shop to be taught to play may change your life. Playing a musical instrument will generate huge joy. My passion was for the drums. It caused me great pleasure though I admit it caused everyone else quite a lot of pain. Please bang something similar on National Learn to Play Day on Saturday 31st March.”
There are 15 million people in the UK that are either want to play an instrument or used to play one. The Day is designed to welcome people into music shops and to inspire them to get playing – offering free lessons on a variety of instruments, supported by music teachers and with additional guidance on getting started learning to play music. The UK’s instrument manufacturers will also be supporting the event with staff, instruments and special offers.
Details of your nearest participating music shop can be found at: www.learntoplayday.com