In House Training and Workshops: UK & International

In addition to the many Musical Futures training events we co-ordinate and run each year, we offer a range of professional development packages for schools and organisations in both the UK and internationally that focus through practical music making and collaborative planning on developing and extending the skills of school based and instrumental staff.

Our experience comes from over 14 years of designing, applying and adapting Musical Futures teaching and learning strategies in classrooms with commissions and events ranging from presentations and taster sessions at conferences, to full training, workshops for teachers or students and consultancy packages.

We have worked with:

  • Music Hubs, MAT chains and individual schools across the UK 
  • International schools in the The Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, and Belgium

Our professional development packages are flexible, ranging from full, half day and twilight training sessions (subject to trainer availability) to practical workshops and conference sessions.

If you are looking for a workshop to involve your students, then we are more than happy to demonstrate Musical Futures approaches with a class of students!

Let us work with you to create a bespoke package of training to suit your needs!

If you would like to make an enquiry please contact Musical Futures Managing Director, Fran Hannan on fran.hannan@musicalfutures.org 

Our current Musical Futures models include:

Just Play is the Musical Futures ‘first access’ programme for both teachers and students, suitable for ages 8 -14.  Designed to build holistic musical skills and an understanding of how to play as a whole class band​, the approach engages students in whole class music making by providing a simple step by step resource that supports the development of instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele.

Everyone Can Play is designed to engage students in whole class music making by providing a simple step by step resource, suitable for beginners, that supports the development of instrumental skills on the ukulele using practical activities which cover strum patterns, chord shapes and easy chord progressions.

Find Your Voice with Musical Futures! A practical workshop which explores our inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.

Composing and Improvising looks at the skills needed to tackle composing and improvising in ways that are musical as well as theoretical.  Exploring practical ways to analyse, unpick and understand music through whole class workshopping, composing and improvising will support the successful transition from Key Stage 3 – where music frequently has a focus on practical work – to Key Stage 4:

  • KS4  music is made more accessible for those students who may not have formal instrumental lessons.
  • Learning by doing – making key terms and concepts easier to learn.  ​
  • Students are more likely to remember what they are learning if they are actively engaged in the process. ​

Songwriting explores inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting and is supported by materials that engage students with fresh, hands-on approaches, opening them up to exciting possibilities for storytelling and music creation. Complete with take home resource packs and lesson plans for immediate use, this is an opportunity to develop your own songwriting skills in a practical workshop.

This Musical Futures is a hands on, practical day led by an experienced Musical Futures practitioner and explores key aspects of the pedagogy – informal learning, classroom workshopping, Just Find Your Voice and Just Play plus all the practicalities and skills required to introduce Musical Futures through a series of practical, fun and inspirational workshops:

  • Informal Learning – explore how student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition are enhanced in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.
  • Classroom Workshopping – develop the skills to lead creative group composition to make music learning as practical an activity as possible.
  • Just Find Your Voice – teaching and learning strategies to engage all students with singing in the classroom and to help them feel confident about using their voices and mobile technology to create and explore music.
  • Just Play – find out about how to engage students in whole class music making by experiencing this simple step by step resource that supports the development of instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele, using music that students like, enjoy and identify with.

Great sessions which catered for a diverse team of staff. Really good feedback and positive outcomes.

Lindsay Thomas, One Education Music

Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Brilliant ideas to take forward into my own teaching… a fantastic day – left with lots of new ideas and strategies…

Kate Baxter, Manchester Metropolitan University

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