#MuFuTV 2021

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

Building on the success of our very first online festival of learning, the Musical Futures Team is delighted to announce a series of FREE sessions for teachers which will run throughout the week of 28th June –  2nd July 2021

Following what has been a very challenging 15 months for everyone in education – both teachers and students – we have all come to realise the importance and value of  music, culture and the arts in our lives.  

The situation in schools has also provided an opportunity for teachers to think about what they teach and how they teach it and to consider what music education could and should be.

Musical Futures TV 2021 will provide teachers with practical learning, resources and shared experiences to highlight best practice and address key issues facing music educators and young people today.

What is #MuFuTV 2021?

#MuFuTV (Musical Futures TV) is a free, week long online Festival of Learning – curated by teachers for teachers

The festival is divided into 3 strands: Learning, Live and Insights

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Three FREE professional development sessions with guidance, tips and expertise in incorporating Musical Futures pedagogy and resources in your teaching at any level.

A Guide to Musical Futures – Introducing Musical Futures Online Resources for ages 7 -14 (Key Stage 2 – 3)

with Fran Hannan

  • Couldn’t attend? Then request access the video recording HERE

Keeping it practical – The Musical Futures Approach to Teaching GCSE Music

with Jane Werry

  • Couldn’t attend? Then request access the video recording HERE

Keeping it practical – The Musical Futures Approach to Teaching BTEC Music at levels 2 and 3

with Sarah Ross-Shaw

  • Couldn’t attend? Then request access the video recording  HERE

These Live sessions are available on our YouTube Channel.  Guest presentations include:

Live Session 1Ableton For the Classroom

Live Session 2: Making It in the Music Business

  • How do you gain a foothold in the music business of today?
  • This session is a chance for your students to gain an insight from those in the know – our panel of young music professionals who are proving that success is still possible
  • Available on our YouTube Channel on Thursday 1st July at 11.00am GMT+1

Live Session 3: Q&A with Professor Lucy Green

  • In this live Q&A on Musical Futures, you’ll get your chance to put your questions to Lucy about the development of the Musical Futures pedagogy, informal learning and her ground breaking, internationally recognised work in this area. 
  • If you can’t make the session live, then add your question to Professor Lucy Green HERE and we’ll include it in the session.
  • Available on our YouTube Channel on Thursday 1st July at 4.00PM GMT+1

A series of short presentations covering a wide range of topics of interest for both teachers and students presented by special guests and some of our Musical Futures Champion teachers

Planning for KS3 the Musical Futures Way (Teacher focus)


Using Musical Futures in your Primary School (Teacher focus) 

  • Discover how Matt Bellingham (Norbridge Primary School, Worksop) works in tandem with James Oakton (Inspire Music Education Hub, Nottinghamshire) to deliver the music curriculum using Musical Futures to underpin their practical approach to knowledge and skills building
  • Available on our YouTube Channel from Monday 28th at 8am GMT+1


Outstanding Teaching in the Music Classroom (Teacher focus)

A Comprehensive Guide to Remixing Using a DAW (Student & teacher focus)

  • Want to know how to remix a track? This comprehensive guide to using any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) will help students through the basic steps to producing their own track with their own style. Once they’ve mastered the basics, then why not get them to enter the #MuFuTV 2021 Remix Contest to win a prize that money can’t buy.
  • Video tutorial available on our YouTube Channel from Tuesday 29th at 8am GMT+1

Making Music Collaboratively (Teacher focus)


Moving On to Music College (Student focus)

  • Barney Watson, a student at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, charts his journey in the application process to study Electronic Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and shares his experiences in getting his music out into the public sphere.
  • Available on our YouTube Channel from Tuesday 29th at 8am GMT+1

Stepping Up to Head of Department (Teacher focus)

Applying for Your First Teaching Post (Teacher focus)

Musical Futures in Ireland (Teacher focus)

  • Dr Gwen Moore (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland) gives us an insight into her pilot study of the Musical Futures approach and the implications of the study for music education policy and practice in Ireland and key recommendations for incorporating Musical Futures in similar contexts both in Ireland and internationally.
  • Available on our YouTube Channel from Wednesday 30th at 8am GMT+1

Running a School Record Label (Student & teacher focus)

Making It in the Music Business (Student focus)

A Pilot Study of Musical Futures in Primary Schools in Ireland (Teacher focus)

  • Following on from Dr Gwen Moore’s work on Musical Futures approaches in Ireland , we get to hear from Gwen’s PhD student Edmond Gubbins (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland) who outlines his doctoral study work using non-formal learning in primary music classroom 
  • Available on our YouTube Channel from Friday 2nd July at 8am GMT+1

Using Hip-Hop to Promote Social and Emotional Learning Competencies (Teacher focus)

Ten Top Tips for Teaching Music in the Classroom (Teacher focus)