Training Outside the UK, Helsinki

Our one-day intensive workshop gives teachers and those working with young people a practical, hands-on day to explore Musical Futures approaches to teaching music.

Sat 27th Oct 2018, 9.30am - 3.30pm
International School of Helsinki, Selkämerenkatu 11, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
Book Your Place Tickets from £175


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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 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 delighted to have been selected as one of HundrED 2017.  HundrEd is an initiative to find inspiring, innovative, impactful and scalable practices in K-12 education from around the world.


Aims of the Workshop

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


The workshops will introduce Musical Futures: Just Play and Songwriting – practical sessions introducing our full easy-to-use Just Play resource for primary music specialists and secondary music teachers.  The Just Play approach is recommended from ages 8-14 with the resources designed to enable teachers to deliver engaging music lessons for their students.

  1. Just Play – Building Skills: Explore how to develop instrumental skills in a whole class setting on ukulele, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums and develop an understanding of how this approach can foster outstanding learning in your own classroom.
  2. Just Play – Performing: Perform a range of current popular songs at different levels and look at how performances can be used to measure progress.
  3. Just Play – Next Steps: Explore the best way to implement Just Play in your classroom and how to ensure that this approach can promote outstanding teaching and learning.
  4. Songwriting: Discover inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting 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?

  • Primary music specialists and primary classroom teachers with a background in music
  • Secondary music teachers
  • Tertiary music educators
  • Tertiary students studying music or music education
  • Instrumental teachers and practitioners

What Is Included?

Our Helsinki full day workshop includes:

  • Resources to use immediately in the classroom – access to the  Just Play and Songwriting resource packs (together totalling £150/€170), which provide a full scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and playalongs 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 teacher networks
  • Automatic membership of Musical Futures
  • Lunch and refreshments

Benefits of Musical Futures training

How does Musical Futures help my students and teaching?

  • Improves the transition from junior to secondary music
  • Develops fresh ideas for composing, improvising and songwriting and whole class work shopping for primary and secondary classes
  • Introduces new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school
  • Challenges more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class
  • Increased numbers of students opting to participate in music
  • 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
  • Supports and connects with British, Australian, US and IB curriculum

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.

For more information contact or call 020 7250 8323


Fran Hannan

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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