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OUR LEARN TO PLAY DAY IS BACK - Saturday 23rd March.

Yes folks, our LEARN TO PLAY DAY is back. Family and friends are invited to learn various musical instruments for FREE. You’d better be quick though - there are only 100 places!

Gloucestershire Music (GM) has teamed up with the national organisation ‘Music for All’ (www.musicforall.org.uk) to bring you the chance to play a musical instrument.

Music for All are hosting their national LEARN TO PLAY weekend with loads of events across the UK. GM are pleased to announce that they will be hosting three of these here in Gloucestershire.

You can attend one of three centres in Coleford, Gloucester or Stroud on the morning of Saturday 23rd March.  The event invites children aged 7+, including adults, to learn various brass, string and woodwind instruments.  You will also be able to find our more about or free FAME sessions, how to hire an instrument and our adult Learn As You Play programme.

One you have registered for a place simply reserve the date in your diary and we will be in touch closer to the time with final details. There are only 100 places and they are going fast.

To register please click here


Your free F.A.M.E music sessions are here...already started to play? then read on........

Any child who has just started playing an instrument now has the perfect opportunity to hone their skills with GM’s expert tutors.

Gloucestershire Music is able to offer additional support through their F.A.M.E. Academies in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean – and they are FREE.

Steven Legge (Extended Learning & Provision Manager) said:  "Playing in a group or small ensemble is an essential part of any young musicians life.  The earlier we can get young musicians along to their local music centre the more they will progress, learn and succeed in music."

F.A.M.E. sessions last for 45 - 60 minutes and are designed to improve ensemble skills through rhythm games, singing and practical music making.

F.A.M.E. can compliment lessons that your child may be receiving at school or at home and provides a gentle introduction to your local music centre.

If you have just started playing an instrument, then join us and become a F.A.M.E. musician.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire is helping us promote our F.A.M.E. sessions and our adult Learn As You Play Programmes. 

Some of our F.A.M.E. and LAYP Musicians will be invited to perform at one of our concerts at the Stroud Subscription Rooms in December.

Visit our LAYP page for more info


Five Valleys Music Centre 
(Stroud and District)

Saturday mornings
Archway School
F.A.M.E meets at 10:15 - 11:15
Full centre times 09:30 - 12:3
More details here

Brookfield Music Centre 
(Gloucester & Cheltenham) 

Saturday Mornings
Sir Thomas Rich’s School 
F.A.M.E meets at 11:30 - 12:30
Full centre times 09:30 - 12:30

Forest of Dean Area Wind Band
(Forest of Dean) 

Saturday Mornings
Forest High School 
F.A.M.E meets at 10:00 - 11:00
Full centre times 10:00 - 12:00

If you wish to join F.A.M.E. you may contact Steven Legge directly at steve.legge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Membership form
Please follow this link to download the form, complete and return to us.  You may attend a few sessions first to see if your young musicians enjoys being a F.A.M.E. musician.

We hope you will make the most of this opportunity and look forward to seeing you at a music centre soon. 

Visit our 'Advice for Beginners' page here for details of resources and advice. 

Extra free printed resources can be found here including some easy Christmas Carols

YouTube YouTube is a great resource for finding tips and advice.  GM has created their own series of YouTube videos called GET PLAYING. Click here to find out more. Once on YouTube click on the play list you require, either woodwind, percussion, strings or brass.



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