Musical Futures offers a range of professional development packages that focus through practical music making and collaborative planning on developing and extending the skills of school based and instrumental staff.

  • Download more details about our In house training offer
  • We have worked with over a third of Music Hubs across the UK as well as MAT chains and individual schools.
  • 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.

Our current offer includes one or more of the following and can be tailored to suit your needs:

  • Musical Futures: Just Play is a practical workshop plus a full easy-to-use resource for generalist primary teachers, music co-ordinators, primary music specialists, secondary music teachers and instrumental teachers which explores Just Play, the Musical Futures approach designed to engage students in whole class music making by providing a simple step by step resource that supports the development of instrumental skills.

 

  • 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.

 

  • OnCue is the new Musical Futures approach to creative music-making. New resources combined with non-formal pedagogies (and practices) make OnCue suitable for use with any musical ensemble enriching and widening access to extra-curricular music learning.

 

  • Introducing Musical Futures is a hands on, practical day led by an experienced Musical Futures practitioner.  It explores two key aspects of the Musical Futures pedagogy and is designed for those who are less familiar with Musical Futures:

    Informal Learning – this model aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. It is designed particularly with the Year 9 (13-14) age group in mind, however the informal learning model has been successfully adapted for use across Key Stages 3 & 4.

    Non Formal Teaching – explores a range of teaching and learning strategies and tips for leading creative group composition to make music learning as practical an activity as possible.

     

If you would like to make an enquiry please contact Fran Hannan, Managing Director on 07985 188889 or email fran.hannnan@musicalfutures.org

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