Rhinegold Learn Music London Ambassadors Nadia,, Davi and Sam with saxophonist YolanDa Brown

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Learn Music London connects parents with music-making opportunities

4:00, 20th March 2017

ABRSM and Music Mark have launched a website which helps parents in London to find music-making opportunities for their children.

The Learn Music London website directs parents to their local music service based on where they live and highlights the opportunities available. The website also contains a wealth of information about the benefits of making and learning music, and features videos of young musicians and their parents talking about music-making.

The capital’s music services – which are funded through a mix of public money and fees – offer thousands of music lessons each week both in and out of school, giving children and young people aged five to 18 the opportunity to play individually and in groups, as well as compose, produce and perform. Almost 8,000 different bands and orchestras are run by these music services every week.

ABRSM executive director of strategic development Lincoln Abbotts and Music Mark CEO Jem Shuttleworth say: ‘Many children across London are already learning instruments, but their parents may not be aware of the wealth of other musical opportunities on their doorstep. Through their local music service, children and young people can get involved in orchestras, bands and choirs and have opportunities to tour their music or play in some of the capital’s high profile music venues. Not only does this develop children’s talent and deepen their musical experiences, it also gives them opportunities to meet like-minded people and make great friends.

‘Equally we know there are parents whose children want to learn music but they’re unsure who to ask for advice. Their local music service is a great place to start to understand more about the instruments that are available and how best to support their children to get involved. Often a phone call is all it takes!

‘So to any parent keen to encourage their child’s music making we’d say log onto www.learnmusic.london, find your local music service and start exploring the musical opportunities for children in your part of London!’

18-year-old Nadia from Enfield, who is one of Learn Music London’s young ambassadors, said: ‘Young people listen to music a lot on the radio, but I don’t think they understand the joys of playing it rather than just listening to it.

‘I have a group of friends who play and it’s quite nice to be like a society or community where you can relate with other people. When you’re with people who do the same things as you, it motivates you to want to go further.’

‘London is the music capital of the world  and we want to help build the creative talent of tomorrow, ensuring young Londoners make the most of our great city’s musical wealth and fulfil their potential,’ said Justine Simons, deputy mayor for culture and creative industries. ‘ This new platform is a really fantastic way for parents to tap into local musical experiences for their children.’


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