Musical Futures Across the World

Musical Futures is a pedagogical approach, supported through the development of associated resources and training offers that is designed to be used in classrooms, by teachers, with whatever resources are available, in order to engage every child and young person in meaningful, sustainable music learning.

As it is a set of values, principles and practical teaching and learning strategies, rather than a fixed curriculum, it is proven to be transferable to a range of international contexts.

Our experience comes from over 14 years of designing, applying and adapting Musical Futures teaching and learning strategies in classrooms after a period of intensive action research suppored by funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

International events range from presentations and taster sessions, to full training, student workshops and consultancy packages.

Email Musical Futures Managing Director, Fran Hannan for  further details:

Visits by Overseas Visitors

We welcome enquiries from international visitors who are visiting the UK and are interested in meeting some of the team involved in the development of the original Paul Hamlyn Foundation Musical Futures Pathfinder research as well as seeing Musical Futures in action in schools.

Recent visitors include teachers, university tutors and education professionals from Denmark, Japan, Finland and the USA.

Workshops in Your School

We have a range of workshops specifically designed to engage your learners in hands-on practical music-making using Musical Futures approaches designed to develop key musical skills and foster enjoyment and achievement.

International Schools and Organisations – Consultancy, Keynotes and Training

We welcome enquiries from schools and organisations interested in booking  an overseas training event or hosting an open workshop for external delegates.

Our international training and consultancy packages are bespoke and tailored to the local needs of the organisation that we work with.

If you are interested in booking a keynote, consultancy, in-house training or hosting an open workshop a then please contact to find out what’s involved.

Musical Futures has delivered training and presented workshops at the following:

Research and reports

We are proud that our initial Musical Futures Pilot programme (2003-2008) has lead to Musical Futures being used by teachers and practitioners internationally to develop practice and inform music curricula across the globe:

  • Find Your Voice: Canada Education by music teacher Sandie Heckel
  • Music Teacher UK interviews MF Australia Director Ken Owen
  • Wright, R., et al (2012) Tuning into the Future: Sharing Initial Insights about the 2012 Musical Futures Pilot Project in Ontario. Canadian Music Educator. 53(4), 14–18
  • Jeanneret, N., Mclennan, R., Stevens-Ballenger, J. (2011) Musical Futures: An Australian perspective. Findings from a Victorian Pilot Study
  • O’Neill, Bespflug, K. (2011) Musical Futures Comes to Canada: Engaging Students in Real-World Music Learning. Canadian Music Educator. 53(2), 25–27
  • Jeanneret, N., others (2010) Musical Futures in Victoria
  • Downey, J. (2009) Informal Learning in Music in the Irish Secondary School Context. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. 8(2), 46–59

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