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Learn to play


If you would like to learn to play a musical instrument, or if you would like to give your child a hobby for life which is both social and educational, then look no further.


Playing an instrument stimulates different parts of the brain simultaneously, so it's great for cognitive development in children. Neuroscientists say the benefits of learning to play at a young age include improved memory, discipline, self-confidence, and even reading and verbal skills.

Playing an instrument in a band isn't only good for your brain, it's also great expanding your social skills. Teamwork, leadership and patience are some of the many benefits along with forging lifelong friendships.


The Manx Youth Band aims to provide a friendly, fun and inclusive environment in which to develop these skills and educate local young people in music by providing free tuition and instruments.

Beginners will benefit from one-to-one tuition from our qualified volunteers before moving on to our learner band where they can then experience playing with an ensemble, later progressing to the Manx Youth Band where they will have regular opportunities to participate in concerts, contesting and study workshops.


All rehearsals and teaching takes place at the Jim Crosbie Memorial Bandroom, Derby Road, Douglas. Please see our rehearsal page for days and times.

If you're interested in joining the band or if you'd like more information, please contact our Musical Director or Facebook message us at m.me/MYB.MCB or email secretary@manxyouthband.org.


Young players are also encouraged to take graded exams to progressively grow their musical abilities from year to year with the support of qualified teachers. Level by level, children expand their abilities in performance, technical patterns and musicianship.