Composing & Improvising at KS3, Kent

Connect theory to practice with the Musical Futures approach to composing and improvising with practical ideas that are musical as well as theoretical.

Tue 19th Jun 2018, 4.00 - 6.30pm
Sevenoaks Annexe, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3SN
Book Your Place FREE for Kent teachers, others £45


Musical Futures and Kent Music are working in partnership to deliver this training event at a subsidised rate for teachers currently teaching in Kent schools.

If you are a music specialist or instrumental teacher within the county of Kent, you can attend this training event FREE, instead of £45

Teachers outside Kent, are welcome to attend – usual ticket prices will apply.

Aims of the course

Our Musical Futures: Composing & Improvising twilight workshop gives ideas and strategies for composing and improvising which are both musical and theoretical.  

  • Analysing and understanding music from the inside out
  • Strategies to build confidence with composing and improvising that can be used with students of any age.
  • Explore how to support students to transition successfully from Key Stage 3 – where music frequently has a focus on practical work – to the demands of GCSE music.
  • Research shows that students are more likely retain the learning if they are actively engaged in the process.


Please bring an instrument with you for this workshop

Composing and Improvising

  • Using a rhythmic groove as a starting point.
  • Developing melodic ideas by adding instrumental lines
  • Exploring structure, texture, complimentary chords and other musical features to develop compositions further.

Songwriting – Applying creative skills to a task

  • Exploring a series of starting points for songwriting​
  • Using a variety of approaches, practical activities and resources to support your students with the songwriting process!

Preparing for KS4

  • Identifying strategies to assist students with composing using improvisation to collaboratively create and compose new works that reflect the key features of a style or genre

Who is it for?

This course is particularly suited to teachers who are interested in exploring practical approaches to teaching music at key stage 3 and seeking ideas for composition and improvisation.

  • Heads of Music
  • Secondary Music specialists
  • Classroom music teachers
  • Instrumental teachers
  • Trainee music teachers
  • Newly Qualified music teachers

What Is Included?

  • A twilight training course
  • All guidance notes & resources for immediate use
  • Musical Futures Songwriting resource (worth £40)
  • Refreshments

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​
  • Opportunities to develop new ideas for inclusive extra-curricular music in school

Book Your Place

This twilight professional development workshop is FREE for Kent teachers or £30 per person for those teaching outside Kent, and includes:

  • All relevant resources
  • Refreshments

Cancellation policy: read our terms and conditions HERE

Secure your place by booking online using the form below. All courses are payable via credit/debit card, PayPal or invoice. For more information contact or call 020 7250 8323




For all teachers & student teachers in Academies and maintained schools in Kent

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Jane Werry – Musical Futures Trainer

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I'm so happy I pushed to get to this course - it so nearly didn't happen! It was really mindblowingly amazing! It will totally transform my music lessons! When I filled in the form, I hadn't had a chance to think through how much it would impact my teaching and how amazing it would be...there were so many fun ways to develop and teach musical skills in my pupils
Music Teacher, London

Terms & Conditions

For information about our cancellation policy and other conditions of booking please read our full Terms & Conditions