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What is it?

  • Music is an important interest of very many people, .  The type of music can vary greatly, from pop to classical and jazz to ethnic.  

  • Some people just enjoy listening and learning about the types of music they like, their composers, and the performers and their history.  Many who get great satisfaction from music are not able to, or do not want to, perform themselves

  • For others, their musical interest is part of a wider activity including going to concerts, playing an instrument or singing, or even composing music.  

Find out more


National Federation of Music Societies 
Indie World - Supersonic Guide

Federation of Recorded Music Societies 



BBC Music Magazine 
Classic FM - The Magazine 
Computer Music 
Crescendo & Jazz Music 
FRMS Bulletin 
Hi-Fi News and Record Review 
The Wire 

Getting started

  • Find a local group or club covering the type of music that interests you (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.  See if your local groups offers introductory sessions or visits.

  • Consult books or magazines on different aspects of musical interest.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Anyone can have an interest in music, whatever their age or sex.  There is no need to specially musical, and no particular skills are needed. just enough time to sit and listen to what interests you. 

  • Listening to music can easily be done at home on your own, using the TV, radio, record player or computer.  But many people enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of people who share their musical interest. 

  • This can be an informal group of family or a few friends, a more formal local group, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts.  

Equipment or clothing
  • Some kind of equipment with which to play or perform music is needed, and surroundings in which it is possible to hear and absorb the music.

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed to listen to music, other than a place to put the playing equipment. 

  • Groups usually meet in a local hall or room, or sometimes at members' homes.  

  • Access to transport will be needed for going to concerts or other musical events.

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