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 classroom and instrumental teachers.

  • 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 packages can include one or more of the following:

  • 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 students need to tackle the demands of exam board composing unit requirements and is delivered in practical ways that are musical as well as theoretical.  The approach is about unpicking and understanding music from the inside out and is full of strategies to build confidence with composing and improvising that can be used with students of any age.


  • Songwriting: This workshop 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 you can immediately use in the classroom, this is an opportunity to develop your own songwriting skills in a practical workshop.


  • Informal learning is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. Unpick how this works in practice and discuss the impact a change of approach can have on music teaching in schools.


  • 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.

If you would like to make an enquiry please contact Fran Hannan, Managing Director on 07985 188889 or email

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