Why CPD for music teachers is so important

Anna Gower explores the importance of high-quality, music-specific CPD. 

Musical Futures provides training, resources and an international community of practice to help teachers provide accessible music-making in their schools.

Since the start of this academic year, more than 80 delegates have attended Musical Futures training events across the UK. Many more are engaging with our extensive CPD programme in Australia, America and South East Asia.

The feedback from our training is overwhelmingly positive. Teachers praise the resources, delivery and quality of the ideas presented.

“Very inspirational delivery”
“Material is useful on all levels”
“Great – invaluable resources, thanks so much!”

The importance of high-quality music CPD

With music teachers finding it increasingly difficult to be released from school to attend CPD, we know how important it is to ensure that this single day really counts.

But what is it that makes Musical Futures training such a useful and enjoyable experience for teachers?

Have you seen the 2017 training programme from Musical Futures?

Perhaps it’s the ethos with which Musical Futures training has always been planned, delivered and refined. For over ten years and at every training event, workshop or taster session, we aim to ensure that:

  • Teachers are put into the position of their learners
  • Teachers are taken out of their comfort zones
  • Teachers are reminded of their own musicianship
  • Workshops are fun and that’s okay
  • Trainers model the approach, the role of the teacher and are musical leaders or teachers themselves
  • We learn pedagogy through practical workshops
  • There is a chance to unpick and reflect – both during the sessions or via our online chats on Facebook and Twitter
  • We are generous with resources via our bank of open-source and teacher-created resources in addition to those that are explored during the training

The Musical Futures approach to teacher development is sustainable. Our network of champion schools is growing. We are supporting the formation of communities of practice around our training events to ensure that the benefits of the training experience don’t stop when the practical workshops are over.


Musical Futures training and CPD programme 2017

Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

Would be lost without MF – The organisation supports my ethos as a teacher!

Teacher of Music, Turves Green Girls School

Yesterday’ss RSL course was absolutely outstanding. The school was awe inspiring and just walking round the corridors gave me some excellent ideas to implement at my own school. With regards to the RSL aspect of the course, I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. etc.

Jack Cotton – Broadgreen International School, Liverpool