Creative Isolation with Mannin Music

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As we are spending more and more time indoors, we're sharing a series of articles about creativity in isolation to demonstrate how important the arts are to maintaining good mental wellbeing. We spoke to Laura Rowles who is our vice-chair of the Isle of Man Arts Council. In addition to her role with us, Laura runs two businesses: Mannin Music and The Rock Project.  

Q. Tell us who you are and what you’re offering

We are Mannin Music, which is a music education company on the Island. We work with around 20 professional music teachers on Island, and we offer individual music lessons, Mini Musicians (Kodaly music sessions for 0-7 year olds), The Rock Project and various community music projects.

Online we are still offering individual music lessons to our students. We are also live streaming Mini Musicians classes ( for details), and we have a daily listening calendar on our Facebook page ( with activities that you can join in with. We’re also posting videos of musical challenges you can take part in. Coming soon will be a video series for age 4+ on reading, writing and composing using music notation!

With The Rock Project, we are still running online sessions for our current students, and we are producing beginner tutorial videos for anyone wanting to have a go at learning from scratch. Go to for more information.

Q. Why is it important that you are offering this service/product?

It provides continuity for all our existing students, and it helps to continue the music education that our students in schools, nurseries and private classes would be getting.

Q. What role do the arts play during a time like this?

Usually the reason that people give for not participating in the arts is that they don’t have enough time. Now we all have lots of time on our hands, so it’s the perfect time to try something new! There is an incredible amount of research that shows the positive impact that the arts has on physical and mental health, and it’s a great way to keep your mind active and happy.

Q. What are doing to keep yourself sane during self-isolation?

I’m keeping busy! Not hard when you’re trying to run your business, and look have 2 children and a dog…… J I’m also trying to do some craft projects and read more to relax.

Q. What is your one tip to help people stay motivated to engage with creative activities at the moment?

Try and set aside a small amount of time each day to do something creative that you enjoy. If you can virtually join with others to do it, even better!

Author: Laura Rowles
6th April 2020

Find out more: Mannin Music

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