Just Play pilot school assembly-everything you need to know about Just Play!

We were so proud to be invited to watch Morpurgo class (year 4) perform to peers and parents at a special music assembly held our Musical Futures Champion School Whitmore Primary in Hackney.

Supported by Mercers and Hackney Music Service, we have been running a pilot in 4 Hackney schools since September and it’s been so impressive to see the progress made by the children working with their class teacher using the Just Play resources.

Musical Futures: Just Play is the new skills-building approach from Musical Futures.

  • For any teacher of years 4-6 who wants to make music with their classes, this approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists, which means that no previous musical experience is necessary
  • For primary music specialists, Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments or to feed and build on WCIT teaching.
  • For secondary music teachers this is a great way to build basic instrumental skills on a range of instruments commonly found in the secondary classroom and is ideal for use with years 7-9.

Please note that Musical Futures: Just Play is designed to enhance, rather than replace, any specialist music provision that primary schools may already engage with.

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The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.

Mhairi Easton, Southesk primary School

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

Teacher of Music, Turves Green Girls School

Great sessions which catered for a diverse team of staff. Really good feedback and positive outcomes.

Lindsay Thomas, One Education Music