Learn To Play Day to giveaway 10,000 songs


Learn To Play Day embraces mobile technology with Guitar playing app – FourChords

On Saturday 12th April 2014, the UK’s National Learn To Play Day returns to invite the general public to participating music stores and venues across the country to have a free “taster” lesson on a musical instrument.


This year, Learn To Play Day has teamed up with mobile guitar app FourChords, to give away 10,000 free songs to help budding guitarists play on the day.

FourChords Guitar Karaoke, developed by Finnish music app developer Musopia and available on the iPhone and iPad, is an app which presents songs in four easy-to-play chords. Recently passing the 1,500,000 plays from its extensive songbook of the latest chart-toppers and well-loved classics, FourChords helps people enjoy playing the guitar quickly and easily.

Organised by Music for All, the charity of the UK musical instrument industry. Learn To Play Day works hand in hand with its partners, instrument manufacturers, music shops and other venues, celebrities, musicians and many more, to encourage everyone to join in this unique musical learning experience.

Jools Holland is the patron of the Music for All charity, and partners for the event include the Musicians’ Union, the Arts Council England’s Take It Away scheme and Musicradar.com

Paul McManus, CEO of Music for All and organiser of Learn To Play Day said; “Our goal is to inspire people to learn and enjoy musical instruments and having Musopia’s support with the 10,000 FourChords songs is a great opportunity to reach more aspiring musicians. Many consumers are using smart devices for leisure activities and now having the ability to help them learn an instrument through an app is a great fit for Learn To Play Day.”

Paula Lehto, CMO of Musopia said; “Over 80% of guitar beginners give up within 6 months, but with FourChords we help them to play their favourite songs almost immediately and keep them playing. Learn To Play Day is a fantastic event which we’re thrilled to be involved in and which shares our key objective – to get people playing, and enjoying, music.”

The 10,000 song downloads will be available for free within the FourChords App from Learn To Play Day on the 12th April 2014. For more information, visit http://www.learntoplayday.com  and http://www.fourchords.com


WIN! Let’s Do Mental Maths book by Bloomsbury

Classroom favourite, Andrew Brodie, brings confidence boosting resources to parents and children at home.

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With the constant demands of the changing National Curriculum and regular reports of UK pupils falling behind in basic maths and literacy skills, parents, teachers and children are under pressure. A new brand from Bloomsbury, Andrew Brodie Basics, aims to address the challenge with its structured tests, hundreds of tips and a fresh, colourful design to keep children engaged. Matched to the requirements of the National Curriculum, the six workbooks provide everything children need to build their confidence, boost their mental maths ability and extend their learning at home with parents.

Andrew Brodie, an expert on primary maths and literacy, is an established and highly respected name in the teaching community. His books have been providing teachers, parents and children with support in these subjects for 20 years.

Each book includes:

Over 800 questions covering all key aspects of the National Curriculum,
Regular progress tests
Tips, key facts and vocabulary from Digit the Dog
Brodie’s Brain Boosters test problem-solving skills
Over 100 reward stickers give an extra incentive
Apps available

The Andrew Brodie Basics titles will also be available as an app for iPads and iPhones. With thousands more questions, levels of increasing difficulty to unlock with rewards and even more facts and tips, it is an ideal platform for learning as tablets and smart phones increase in popularity as educational tools at home and at school.

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Andrew Brodie was a head teacher for twelve years after many successful years in the primary classroom. He began writing his bestselling educational books in 1992 and since then has established himself as a name that teachers have come to trust. He is still very much involved in education and continues to teach on a regular basis.

What’s your maths age? Clink the link, to find out!


KidAround have teamed up with Bloomsbury to offer five of these great books! (one of each age range). To be in with a chance of winning one, all you have to do is enter your name, address and contact number to comps@kidaround.biz. Dont forget to mention which age-range your entry is for!

Closing date, 11th October 2013.

Best of luck!

Posted by Amy Moylan