When planning the forthcoming “Playing Together” concert at All Saint’s Church in Chester, I hadn’t quite realised the significance of the date, 31st March, 2012. However it seems like an excellent opportunity to encourage anyone to come along to the concert, be inspired by some musical performances and then head down to their nearest Dawsons store to try a free “taster” lesson on an instrument!
National Learn to Play Day has been organised by Music for All, the charity of the national musical instrument industry in partnership with the Musicians’ Union, Arts Council England’s “Take it Away” scheme, musicteachers.co.uk and Musicradar.com
Playing the piano can be a somewhat solitary experience which is why for a year now, I have been actively encouraging my piano/keyboard students to engage with other musicians at the piano, playing duets and trios and with other instruments in small ensembles. Students are also encouraged to take part in composition projects on my Noteflight Classroom which can result in performance in tandem with music technology!