Learn To Play: Practical Music Making at Primary Level, Wakefield

Developing Confidence To Deliver Whole Class Music Lessons for Primary School Teachers

Fri 17th Mar 2023, 10.30 - 3.30pm
Southdale C of E Junior School, Wakefield (easily accessible from major road networks), Southdale Road, Ossett WF5 8BA


This course is specifically designed for primary teachers and includes:

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LearnToPlay is specifically designed to equip all Primary school teachers with the confidence, skills and resources to make music with their classes. Equally suited to both generalist teachers and specialist teachers of music – no prior experience of teaching music is expected.   

The approach enables children to develop basic musical skills and knowledge whilst developing ensemble musicianship skills and confidence through an engaging curriculum.  

Our simple, step by step award-winning online resources platform, Musical Futures Online is perfect for young beginner musicians and offers a selection of content which will allow primary teachers to tailor the approach depending on the resources available within their school.

Introduce rhythmic awareness, musical knowledge and instrumental skill development using the instruments on your music trolley plus ukuleles, acoustic guitars or keyboards. Warm up exercises, rhythm and clapping games, playing as a whole class are covered from beginner stages to full class performances using specially created interactive backing tracks:

  • MakingMusic: Body Percussion, Untuned Percussion, ChairDrumming
  • LearnToPlay: Ukulele or guitar, tuned percussion, guitar or keyboard as appropriate

Whatever your level of experience, we’ll get you playing and show you how to use these practical, hands-on resources with your learners!

Our award-winning online resources platform, Musical Futures Online has been designed to support teachers to deliver music in an engaging, practical and enjoyable way incorporating the values and ethos of the Musical Futures approach and offers teachers step by step guidance to teaching music through an exciting interactive resource aimed at Years 1 to 6

This is a face-to-face training session and all places must be booked in advance of the day

Aims of the Session

  • Develop the confidence of teachers, who aren’t necessarily musicians themselves, to deliver outstanding lessons that are rooted in active music making
  • Explore ways to ensure that all learners are fully engaged in authentic music lessons
  • Develop confidence in playing and teaching strumming/rhythmic patterns, chord shapes and easy chord progressions
  • Understand how to develop ensemble musicianship skills, teamwork and performance skills 
  • Explore resources to help teachers with beginner ensemble performances using a range of classroom instruments
  • Examine how Musical Futures approaches and resources can support the teaching of the National Curriculum and the Model Music Curriculum
  • Understand how Musical Futures Online can be utilised to support the Musical Futures practical approach to learning in the primary classroom


  1. Exploring – Discover how the MakingMusic pulse and rhythm and LearnToPlay instrumental resources aid the develop of foundational instrumental skills in a whole class setting
  2. Performing: Using material from the MakingMusic and LearnToPlay resources, discover how to teach essential skills for developing basic musical skills learning chords and harmonic/strumming patterns in preparation for performing a range of songs at different levels
  3. Developing: Explore repertoire from our MakingMusic Classroom Collection and LearnToPlay Songbooks to put the musical knowledge acquired into practice using popular songs that are relevant to student
  4. Planning: Developing your music curriculum using Musical Futures approaches and Musical Futures Online resources

Who is It For?

  • Primary class teachers  who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists
  • For primary and secondary music specialists  –  LearnToPlay is a great start to learning chord shapes, easy chord progressions and basic riffs for students
  • For instrumental teachers  –  LearnToPlay can be adapted by teachers engaged in small group or Whole Class Learning.

What's Included?

This course is specifically designed for Primary teachers and includes:

Why attend this workshop?

Teachers who attend this training report that they value:

  • Being able to see how another primary school organises their music curriculum
  •  An opportunity to see a class in action (where possible)
  • Working with experienced classroom practitioner who uses this approach with their pupils
  • Trying out practical activities which instil them with the confidence, knowledge and resources to start delivery in their school the following day!
  • An opportunity to network with other music teachers

Book Your Place

  • This workshop is available at £99 – up to two members of staff from the same school may attend, there is no additional charge per person
  • Places are limited and are available on a first come first served basis

When booking your place please note our Cancellation Policy

How to Book:

  • Secure your place online by using the Book Now button below.

Learn To Play: Developing Confidence To Deliver Whole Class Music Lessons for Primary School Teachers



Up to two members of staff from the same school may attend, there is no additional charge per person

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Fran Hannan

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This will be transformational in my teaching! For a primary school, we have enough instruments to make this work and now that I have a clear understanding of the pedagogy of Musical Futures I cannot wait to see how the children progress as musicians! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Rebecca Jennings - Knop Law Primary School, Newcastle

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