learning music

Get ready for a Highland Day of Music Making

For those who were unable to join us at our 'Festival of Making Music' in Perthshire last October, we are delighted to be able to offer Scottish me

My first time on the cello

Andy Jackson, the inspirational leader of Cobweb Orchestras, thought the best way for me to get an idea of how they work would be to join in one of their groups, and he organised a cello for me to play. But what Andy didn’t know until I met him in the Sage Gateshead café that day that I have never held a cello before in my life.

The power of practice

No one can really just pick up an instrument and play it perfectly but we know how hard it can be to find time to dedicate to practice. Below we explore a few different ways to practise and ideas on how to make your practice more enjoyable and effective in general.

Top tips for learning scales

Scales strike fear into the heart of many musicians. Here we hope to give you a little bit of insight into why they are so important and how you can make them a lot more fun to learn.

How to choose a teacher

Finding a teacher can be a daunting task. Finding the right instrumental or vocal teacher is not simply a case of choosing the person nearest to you with the most qualifications; you need to find someone you get on with, someone you trust to help you achieve your as yet un-explored potential.

Help to shape the future of choral music

Do you love the idea of digital scores and rich-media choral apps, or does the thought of losing physical scores make your blood boil?

Learn to Play Day 2016 – 12/13 March

National Learn To Play Day is back for its fifth successive year on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th March 2016.

Learn to Play Day checklist

Are you running a Learn to Play Day? Use our checklist to keep on track.

Learn to Play Day - Q and As

Learn To Play Day is a national event to inspire new and lapsed musicians to take up playing an instrument. Find out what it's all about and how your group can get get involved to grow your members and audiences.

How making music benefits your brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What's going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians' brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.