Musical Futures TV 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 Musical Futures TV 2021?

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

Provisional #MuFuTV2021 programme 

Monday 28th June – Friday 2nd July 2021

Download our provisional programme to our week long Festival of Learning #MuFuTV2021

Three FREE professional development sessions with guidance, tips and expertise in incorporating Musical Futures pedagogy and resources in your teaching at any level. These sessions will take place on Zoom and places must be booked in advance

Monday 28th June 4.15 – 6.00pm

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

Limited places available – book now to reserve your place

Tuesday 29th June 4.15 – 5.15pm

FREE: Keeping it practical – The Musical Futures Approach to Teaching GCSE Music with Jane Werry

Limited places available – book now to reserve your place

Wednesday 30th June 4.15 – 5.15pm

FREE: Keeping it practical – The Musical Futures Approach to Teaching BTEC Music at levels 2 and 3 with Sarah Ross-Shaw 

Limited places available – book now to reserve your place

These Live sessions will be available on our YouTube Channel at the times specified. Guest presentations include:

Wednesday 30th June, 4.00-5.00pm

Musical Futures TV Live Session 1Ableton For the Classroom

Join Simon Lyon (Brand Manager for Ableton UK and Ableton Certified Trainer) for a tour around Ableton’s new resources for the classroom 

Thursday 30th June, 2.00-3.00pm 

Musical Futures TV Live Session 2: Making It in the Music Business

How do you gain a foothold in the music business of today? 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

Thursday 30th June, 4.00-5.00pm

Musical Futures TV Live Session 3: Live Q&A with Professor Lucy Green

It’s now over 17 years since Musical Futures hit the music education scene.  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.

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

Monday 28th (Teacher focus) – available on our YouTube Channel for 8am GMT

  • Planning for KS3 the Musical Futures Way – a guide to developing your KS3 schemes of work using Musical Futures approaches from Fiona Sexton, Flegg Ormiston Academy
  • Using Musical Futures in your Primary School – 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
  • Outstanding Teaching in the Music Classroom – What makes an outstanding lesson in music? Find out from Lucy Dalton, Fred Longworth High School ideas and strategies for developing your teaching and learning outcomes

Tuesday 29th (Student and teacher focus) – available on our YouTube Channel for 8am GMT

  • A Comprehensive Guide to Remixing Using a DAW – 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 our competition to win a prize that money can’t buy. Full details and guidance available soon!
  • Making Music CollaborativelyJames Tuck (Mayflower School, Essex) shows us how to create music remotely with others – either in the classroom or at home using free software plugins 

Wednesday 30th (Teacher focus) – available on our YouTube Channel for 8am GMT

  • Stepping Up to Head of Department – Have you recently become a Head of Department or Faculty or are considering the next step?  Join Stuart Shepherd (Broughton High School) as he takes us on a journey through his first year as Head of Department
  • Applying for Your First Teaching Post – what makes you application stand out from the rest along with tips and techniques from experienced teacher trainee mentor Liz Moran, Castleford Academy 
  • Musical Futures in Ireland 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.

Thursday 1st (Student and teacher focus) – available on our YouTube Channel for 8am GMT

  • Running a School Record Label – how do you get a record label up and running in your school? All you need to know and more from Claire Brown, Mounts Bay Academy
  • Making it in the Music Business – Steph Ball, a successful drummer shares her journey to success in earning a living in the music business

Friday 2nd (Teacher focus) – available on our YouTube Channel for 8am GMT

  • A Pilot Study of Musical Futures in Primary Schools in Ireland – Following on from Dr Gwen Moore’s work on Musical Futures approaches in Ireland , we get to hear from Gwen’s PhD student Edmund Gubbins (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland) who outlines his doctoral study work using non-formal learning in primary music classroom 
  • Using Hip-Hop to Promote Social and Emotional Learning CompetenciesDavid Spellmon looks at how song lyrics—whether familiar to students or not—can be used to explore the social and emotional learning skills that many teachers seek to encourage in students.
  • Ten Top Tips for Teaching Music in the Classroom from Kristina Carpenter, Outwood Academy, Adwick