Announcing Two Further Awards for Musical Futures Online!

8th November 2022

What a year it’s been for Musical Futures Online!

Back in March we were thrilled to have been named as the winner of the Outstanding Music Education Resource at the Music & Drama Education Awards 2022

We’re now thrilled to announce that following judging by a panel of external, independent judges we’ve scooped two Teach Co awards:

Teach Primary: Remote Learning category – WINNER

For our MakingMusic Resources Judged by Jon Hutchinson from Reach Academy had this to say:

“Teachers can often feel a lack of confidence in teaching music in primary, especially without the support of specialist provision. Musical Futures is an incredibly comprehensive and intuitive platform which provides a wide range of meaningful activities that allow the teacher to control the lesson, while drawing on carefully sequenced lesson plans and units.”

Teach Secondary: Curriculum Impact category – HIGHLY COMMENDED

For our full Musical Futures Online platform – recognised as outstanding in the field. Judged by Julie Kettlewell from Huntington School in York, Julie had this to say:

“These resources are great, and would be really useful for a range of students – both expert and novice musicians. They are easy to use, and teachers have the option to include elements in their lessons as they see fit. I particularly like the core values that they are shaped around, and how inclusive they are.”

We are passionate about supporting teachers to plan and deliver music lessons that are practical, hands-on and develop musical skills and knowledge at all ages and abilities.

Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded these two awards from Teach Primary and Teach Secondary – we were up against all curriculum subjects, not just music, so I am absolutely thrilled that to see Musical Futures and music education recognised in this way!”

Upcoming Training for Primary and Secondary Teachers

All of our online sessions, including one-to-one support, continues to be available to teachers and other music education professionals at NO CHARGE.

Introducing Musical Futures Online for Primary Teachers – Tuesday 13th December 2022

This FREE online webinar is aimed at primary school teachers who want to an opportunity to explore Musical Futures Online and how to enable children to develop basic musical skills and knowledge whilst developing ensemble musicianship skills and confidence through an engaging, practical curriculum resource.

Type: Online webinar
Date: Tuesday 13th December 2022

Full details and booking HERE

JustPlay: Whole Class Music Making At KS3 – Tuesday 14th March 2023

Type: Full day, in-person
Location: Manchester
Date: Tuesday 14th March 2023

Full details & booking HERE

LearnToPlay: Practical Music Making at Primary Level – Friday 17th March 2023

Type: Full day, in-person
Location: Yorkshire
Date: Friday 17th March 2023

Full details & booking HERE

JustPlay: Whole Class Music Making At KS3 – Tuesday 21st March 2023

Type: Full day, in-person
Location: London
Date: Tuesday 21st March 2023

Full details & booking HERE

And Finally…

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us on our journey from the initial action research project funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to where we are today.

We couldn’t do what we do without our small team but dedicated team, supported by our network of Musical Futures Champion Teachers who inspire us to make what we do work for teachers in the classroom and their students. Every single resource – from genesis to final result is developed with teachers and students in mind and is tried and tested by our wonderful Champion Teachers.

Our very special thanks must also go to Professor Lucy Green for all her support and encouragement over the last two years. Musical Futures has continued to progress, develop and transition into the not-for-profit organisation it is today. Her pioneering work on informal music learning is where it all began.

Professor Green said:

“I am so proud to be associated with Musical Futures. When I was first trying out the pedagogy in a few schools, it was my wish that the teachers involved might adapt it and take it their own ways. What Musical Futures has done over 20 years, in their creative adaptation, expansion, and advancement of the approaches is beyond my wildest dreams. I congratulate them on this magnificent accolade of their untiring dedication to music education, and I wish them the very best for their continued growth and success.”

Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra