Musical Futures TV

An online festival of learning for music teachers curated by teachers for teachers

Music has the power to change the lives of young people for the better. 

At times like these, music, culture and the arts have never been more important – you only have to look at the huge public response to the range of concerts and events now taking place online.

The school lockdown has also provided some space for teachers to think about what they do and why and to consider what music education could and should be.

We believe that music in classrooms should be authentic, rooted in practical music making and should build from students own musical interests.

Musical Futures TV provides teachers with practical learning, resources and shared experiences to highlight best practice and address key issues facing music educators and young people.


What is Musical Futures TV?

Musical Futures TV is a free online festival of learning for music teachers –  curated by teachers for teachers and consisting of:

Musical Futures TV Live Sessions (see below):

  • Using Ableton Live
  • What Your Students Are Listening To? Your A-Z guide to Today’s Music Genres 
  • Engaging Students Through an Inspiring Curriculum 

AND

Musical Futures TV ‘Insights’ (see below):

Thirteen short presentations covering a wide range of topics of interest for teachers of all age ranges and presented by some of our Musical Futures Champion teachers.

Get in touch with us via our social media channels using the hashtag #mufutv

@musicalfutures

@mufuturesuk 


Musical Futures TV Live Sessions

Musical Futures TV Live Session 1: Using Ableton Live

Discover how to use Ableton Live Intro with Simon Lyon, former teacher and Ableton Product & Training Specialist. 

Simon will lead a no-nonsense guide to sampling, creating MIDI parts, creating beats and structuring parts to help you create your very own remix using Ableton Live software and our Musical Futures ‘In The Style Of’ music tech resources.

FREE RESOURCES & COMPETITION FOR TEACHERS:

DOWNLOAD and INSTALL the free 90-day free trial of Ableton Live Intro available from the Ableton website 

DOWNLOAD a FREE copy of the Musical Futures ‘In the Style Of’ resource pack 

Find out how to ENTER OUR COMPETITION and win some fantastic prizes for your school*

If you’d like ABLETON LIVE 10 INTRO FOR YOUR CLASSROOM, the sign up here and we’ll send you the details of how to claim licences for your school:

* Teachers from schools outside the UK and Europe are welcome to enter the #MuFuTV Remix Competition on the understanding that if their entry is selected as one of the winners, they will be eligible for  any prizes which can be delivered electronically (e.g. downloadable resources etc) only.

Musical Futures TV Live Session 2:

What Your Students Are Listening To –

Your A-Z guide to Today’s Music Genres:

What Your Students Are Listening To: Your A-Z guide to Today’s Music Genres 

Not sure about trap…..grime…..EDM? 

Andrew Ferguson (aka Outrage) – music producer, DJ, former teacher and Founder / Director of Education & Bass and Raff di Renzo (aka Nurve – Macabre Unit) – music producer, instructor, label manager and Content & Partnerships Manager at Education & Bass take you through their  guide to understanding the music that your students are listening to today.

Develop your knowledge and confidence about these musical genres to ensure that your curriculum reflects the interests of your students.

NOTE:  If you would like the presentation on Electronic Music Genres (Andrew) and the Drill project in Ableton (Raff) used in this session please register here


Musical Futures TV Live Session 3:

Engaging Students Through an Inspiring Curriculum

Hear how two schools have have significantly increased the take up of Music at Key Stage Four. 

Find out how Kate Wheeler from North Liverpool Academy and Musical Futures Champion Teacher, Matt Pasternakiewicz from Torquay Academy inspire their students to achieve in music – the key aspects of their curriculum and student experience in their respective schools. 


Musical Futures TV Insight Sessions

Musical Futures TV Insight 1:

Effective Leadership of a Music Department

Jane Werry, Head of Music at Hayes School in Bromley, co-author of Being a Head of Music: A Survival Guide and author of Werryblog shares her 5 top tips for leading an effective music department.


Musical Futures TV Insight 2:

Inspiring My Students With Music Technology

Sally Thomson from Thurstable School in Essex outlines her journey with Music Technology in her school and the huge impact it has had on her students.


Musical Futures TV Insight 3:

How Do We Create Music Education For Life?

Lorrie Heagy from Glacier Valley Elementary School in  Juneau, Alaska recently completed a Fulbright scholarship.  As part of her award, she  undertook to visit schools and music organisations all over the UK.  Find out what Lorrie learned while here in the UK and discover the best of what she saw in schools.  Lorrie also showcases her findings and work on her fantastic website Music Matters in the UK 


Musical Futures TV Insight 4:

Getting SLT Onboard With Music

 Kristina Carpenter shares her journey as Head of Creative Arts and the development of music at Outwood Adwick Academy along with her top tips for getting the support of the Senior Leadership Team for practical learning and putting music at the heart of the school.


Musical Futures TV Insight 5:

How to Survive A Music Deep Dive

Sarah Pappin, Director of Creative Arts at Torquay Academy shares her recent experience of an Ofsted Deep Dive.  Find out what you need to know to make sure you get the best out of an inspection. Read Torquay Academy’s March 2020 Ofsted Report


Musical Futures TV Insight 6:

Engaging Boys Through DJing & Technology

Dr Pete Dale, former secondary teacher, author and senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University shares his insights into the role that technology can play in engaging boys, who are often the hardest to engage in our music classrooms.


Musical Futures TV Insight 7:

What Does An Excellent Primary Curriculum Look Like?

Seeing Alan Wilson and his students in his music classroom at Monksdown Primary School, Liverpool is a real joy for Musical Futures team.  Alan has created such a buzz around music in the school – find out how he engages his pupils in practical music making.


Musical Futures TV Insight 8:

Getting the Best From Partnerships

​Sarah Ross-Shaw​ works closely with a number of other stakeholders in order to maximise the impact of partnerships within her music department at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Bradford.


Musical Futures TV Insight 9:

Curriculum Design in the 21st Century

Join Emma Lamb, Director of Music at Royal Lancaster Grammar School as she asks whether a classroom curriculum can translate effectively to home learning – a question that many of us have had to contemplate in these strange times!


Musical Futures TV Insight 10:

Increasing Student Engagement at Rawlins Academy

Discover how long-standing Musical Futures Champion Teacher, Ted Ragg has doubled the number of students choosing music at Key Stage Four.  Ted shares his strategy based around practical music making and technology to support learning and feedback.


Musical Futures TV Insight 11:

Incorporating Music Tech in Your Classroom

James Tuck from Mayflower High School in Essex has come up with some creative solutions to designing his classroom to make technology work effectively for group work.  Take a look the equipment he uses to inspire and engage his students.


Musical Futures TV Insight 12:

Using Technology to Inspire & Motivate Boys

Dean Yhnell, peripatetic teacher at Lewis Boys School in Pengam, Caerphilly focuses on building student confidence and communication skills through DJ’ing and music technology to inspire students to get involved in music.


Musical Futures TV Insight 13:

Five Tips for a Successful NQT Year

With many ITT students finishing their training early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebecca Lundberg – Senior Lecturer in ITE (Secondary Music & Professional Studies), Department of Initial Teacher Education at Huddersfield University, shares her 5 tips for a successful NQT year.

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