This Is Musical Futures is a chance to see the core pedagogical approaches to this innovatibe and highly successful approach to teaching music in action.
The day will explore 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.
Aims of the course
- Explore the rationale and structure of key Musical Futures pedagogy – informal learning model (as developed by Professor Lucy Green, Institute of Education) and non formal teaching.
- Experience the classroom from a students perspective to fully understand both the opportunities and challenges of the approaches.
- Develop practical ways to move from a teacher to facilitator in your classroom.
- Develop specific skills in playing guitar, keyboard, bass and drums.
Understanding Informal Learning
- Develop your understanding of the five principles of informal learning, and explore how to exploit these in promoting engagement and achievement in your classroom.
- Working in bands, use aural learning to experience the same challenges, enjoyment, learning and frustrations that students may experience working through this approach.
Skills for Informal Learning
- Develop your skills on a range of instruments including guitar, bass, keyboard and drums in order to develop your confidence to explore informal learning with your own students.
Skills for Non Formal Teaching
- Explore a range of teaching and learning strategies and tips for leading creative group composition to make music learning as practical an activity as possible.
- Just Find Your Voice Taster – developing the skills and tools to help students feel more confident about using their voices and mobile technology to create and explore music
- Just Play Taster – a chance to look at this simple resource designed to develop instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele, using music that students like, enjoy and identify with.
Equipment & Practicalities
- Discussion and Q&A session looking at the practicalities of classroom management.
- Financing/sourcing the equipment needed for the effective delivery of this approach.
Who is it for?
The approaches covered in this course are recommended for use primarily at Key Stages 3 and 4. However, they can also help to structure an approach to learning and skill development for young people for those working in the non-formal sector.
- Heads of Music
- Teachers interested in practical approaches for composing with classes
- Secondary Music specialists
- Instrumental teachers
- Trainee music teachers
- Newly Qualified music teachers
- Community music practitioners
- Youth workers
- A full day training course delivered in a school setting and where possible, involving a class of students
- A download link to a teachers guide and resource starter pack
- Refreshments and lunch
Benefits of Musical Futures training
Teachers who use of Musical Futures in schools report:
- An increase in numbers of students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
- Increased student participation in concerts and performances
- Better engagement with classroom music for all ages
- Greater satisfaction in relation to their teaching and own musicianship
Book Your Place
Professional development is offered at rates £95 (EarlyBird)/£110 (Standard) per person, and includes:
- Lunch and refreshments
- Access to all resources
- Free Musical Futures basic membership.
For students in full time education, completing a PGCE or on School Direct you can take advantage of our student rate of £55. Please bring your student ID with you to the event.
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