Just Play, Norwich

Just Play - the skills-building approach from Musical Futures

Tue 3rd Jul 2018, 4.00 - 6.30pm
Old Buckenham High School, Abbey Road, 4 Old Buckenham, Norfolk, NR17 1RL
Book Your Place FREE for Norfolk teachers, others £30


In partnership with

Musical Futures is working in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub to offer FREE Musical Futures professional development training to all teachers and trainee teachers teaching in schools within Norfolk.

Teachers in non-Norfolk schools or independent schools are welcome to attend – usual ticket prices will apply.

Our Musical Futures: Just Play Twilight Workshop is an opportunity to discover what the Musical Futures approach to developing instrumental skills has to offer your students. Equally suited to students at both primary and secondary stages of education from years 4 – 9,  the Just Play approach is designed to engage all students in whole class music making by providing a 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 workshop

In a two hour workshop session, delegates will

  • Understand how to deliver outstanding lessons that are rooted in active music making.
  • Explore ways to ensure that students are fully engaged in lessons.
  • Develop confidence in promoting and identifying outstanding progress in music learning.
  • Develop classroom approaches that provide a catalyst to involve all students, including disadvantaged groups in extra-curricular music making.
  • Build essential performance skills amongst students that will promote achievement and attainment in music.
  • See how the approach can work with students.

Workshop sessions

The Just Play Workshop is designed to introduce delegates to the possibilities of the Just Play approach and how this it can foster outstanding learning.

  1. Building Skills: Explore how Just Play can develop instrumental skills in a whole class setting on ukulele, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.
  2. Performing: Using material from the Just Play Resource, perform a range of current popular songs at different levels and look at how performances can be used to measure progress.

Who is it for?

The approach is recommended for use at primary level from years 4 onwards, or in years 7, 8 and 9 at secondary level.  The resources are designed in a way that enables non-specialist teachers to deliver engaging music lessons for their students.

  • Primary generalist teachers of years 4-6 who want to make music with their classes.  This approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for general classroom teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists.
  • Primary music specialists Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments or to build on Whole Class Ensemble Tuition.
  • Secondary music teachers: Just Play is a great way to build basic instrumental skills on a range of instruments commonly found in the secondary classroom and is ideal for use with years 7-9.
  • Instrumental teachers engaged in small group or whole class ensemble tuition

Any teacher of years 4-6: This approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for general classroom teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists.

Please note that Musical Futures: Just Play is designed to enhance, rather than replace, any specialist music provision that primary schools may already engage with.

What Is Included?

A two hour taster workshop delivered includes:

  • Expert guidance through a practical and enjoyable workshop which gives an overview of how to use the Just Play resource to maximum effect.
  • The chance to network with local teachers.
  • The full Just Play resource which includes a sample scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and playalongs all ready for classroom use (free for Norfolk teachers/available at a special price for non-Norfolk teachers)

New Just Play playalong tracks are regularly available to download from the MF website (at an additional cost) so there are always new and up-to-date resources to use with your students!

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

Our Twilight Just Play Taster Workshops are FREE for Norfolk teachers or £30 per person (non-Norfolk teachers), and includes:

  • Refreshments
  • Full Just Play resource (sample scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and playalongs all ready for classroom use) FREE for Norfolk teachers or at a special price. for all other teachers.

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 info@musicalfutures.org or call 020 7250 8323


Fiona Sexton – Musical Futures Consultant Teacher

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I loved the course! I came away feeling totally inspired and as a result of seeing 'Just Play' in action I am now looking at changing my KS3 curriculum. The resources are brilliant, and I was able to make changes to my lessons the very next day as a result of some of the ideas I was shown. It was just the boost I needed, and has reminded me how important it is that the music comes first in every lesson. It has also made me realise that I can be more ambitious with how much I can expect from my pupils.
Rosie Weatherley - Head of Music, Castleford Academy

Terms & Conditions

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