Musical Futures believes music learning works best when young people are making music, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built-upon in the classroom. Established in 2003 and grounded in academic research,Musical Futures was is based on the real-world practices of popular and community musicians.
Musical Futures supports teachers around the world with training, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, developmental music programs in the classroom. Currently more than 1.5 million students in 71 countries worldwide benefit from their teachers use of the Musical Futures approach. The widespread adoption of Musical Futures in the UK and Australia means that it is now one of the most successful and sustainable music education initiatives in schools in those countries.
We are proud to have recently been selected as one of HundrED’s (an initiative to find innovative, impactful and scalable practices in education from around the world) most inspiring innovations in K12 education.
Aims of the Workshop
Through Musical Futures Just Play and Songwriting workshops, 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
- Just Play – Building Skills: Explore how to develop instrumental skills in a whole class setting on ukulele, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. Develop an understanding of how this approach can foster outstanding learning in your own classroom.
- Just Play – Performing: Have a go at performing a range of current popular songs at different levels and look at how performances can be used to measure progress.
- Just Play – Next Steps: Explore the best way to implement Just Play in your classroom/department and gain some practical advice from a practising teacher on how to ensure that this approach can promote outstanding teaching and learning.
- Songwriting: Discover inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting and is supported by materials that engage students with fresh, hands-on approaches, opening them up to exciting possibilities for storytelling and music creation.
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 but may have a background in music.
- Primary music specialists: Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments.
- 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.
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?
Our Dublin full day workshop includes:
- Resources to use immediately in the classroom – download link to the full Just Play and Songwriting materials and resource packs (together totalling £135), which provides a full scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and play alongs all ready for classroom use straight away.
- Expert guidance through a practical and enjoyable workshop
- The chance to network with local teachers and find out about our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world
- Automatic membership of Musical Futures
- Access to future members-only discounts on resources – 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:
- Improve engagement with classroom music for all ages
- An increase in numbers of students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
- Increased student participation in concerts and performances
- Improves the transition from junior to secondary music
- Introduce new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school
- Challenge more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class
Book Your Place
Professional development is offered at rates starting at £165 per person, and include:
- Lunch and refreshments
- Access to all resources used in each activity
- Automatic membership of Musical Futures
Cancellation policy: read our terms and conditions HERE
Secure your place by booking online using the form below.
ONLINE PAYMENTS – online payments via PayPal (credit card/debit card)
OFFLINE PAYMENTS – Musical Futures will provide your school/organisation with an invoice usually within 48 hours of your registration. The invoice must be paid prior to the workshop. Offline payments must be paid in GBP.
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