Learn Music London

Music is fantastic! There is a whole world of music out there – it is easy to get involved and it challenges us to draw upon a huge range of skills.

Encouraging music-making as part of your child’s life is important. Here’s some information that will help every parent answer the question ‘Why music?’ with confidence!

There’s a whole world of music out there

There are opportunities to learn all sorts of music in and out of school (reggae, jazz, classical, grime, etc). The world of music is rich, varied and surprising and the component parts of pitch, time, tone, shape and performance are the same for all.

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As of 2015, the O2 Arena is the busiest music arena in the world in terms of ticket sales, handling 1,819,487 tickets over the course of the year.

There are lots of ways to get involved

Music is about singing, playing an instrument, performing, listening, being an audience member, creator, composer, DJ, mixer or producer.

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In 2015 there were over 17,000 people employed full time in the music industry in the UK – the vast majority of whom were individuals composing, creating, recording and shaping the future of music.

You don’t need to spend much to get started

There are lots of opportunities and many are free. Check out your local Music Education Hub.

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Over 8,000 free tickets are available for school children at the London Primary Prom concerts organised by Music for Youth at the Royal Albert Hall, providing children aged 4-11 with the opportunity to experience live music making in one of the world’s most famous concert halls. The charity Music for All gave 12,000 free lessons in 2015.

The more you put in, the more you get out

Like anything else, getting good at music can be hard work. It takes time, patience and perseverance, and it’s rewarding.

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Laura Mvula, award-winning singer-songwriter, began her career studying classical piano and violin as a child (progressing from Grade 1 through to Grade 8). Skepta’s 4th album, Konnechiwa, took two years to produce and won him a Mercury Prize. His debut album was in 2007, 9 years earlier.

Music is good for you

Music helps with confidence and self-esteem, playing an important part in a positive attitude to life.

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After 15 months of musical training in early childhood, structural brain changes associated with motor and auditory improvements begin to appear.

Music teaches you valuable things

It’s not just about the music. Music helps with learning in lots of other subject areas. Music also helps develop team and organisation skills as well as qualities such as commitment, resilience and reliability.

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Children who learn music are 18% more likely to attend university than those who don’t.

You can get involved at any age

You can listen to, learn about and make music at any time of life. Depending on what you want to do, this guide will help connect you with the right people at the right time—nice!

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In 2015, the charity Music for All had over 129 venues put on events enabling people who have never played (and people who used to play) a chance to try an instrument.

You don’t need to be an expert to help your child learn

Show an interest, encourage your child and create space —as you would with any subject. For fun you could have a go at learning an instrument yourself—music is a great family activity.

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None of the Beatles could read music.

Music gets you out there

Getting involved in music helps you to meet new people, and makes it likely you’ll see new places—in and out of school.

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Each year, 40,000 young musicians perform at 50 different festivals to their peers and supporters as part of the Music for Youth Regional Festival Series. In July each year, 10,000 young musicians gather in Birmingham for the incredible five day Music for Youth National Festival.