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.
Last week saw the official announcement of Musical Futures as one of 100 innovative education projects across the world – all of which have been gathered over the past two years – by global education non-profit HundrED.
HundrED aims to share inspiring ideas and projects across borders to help improve the future of education globally. To achieve this, a team of researchers investigated innovations from around the world to determine 100 projects that are changing the face of education. The innovations were identified through research, events and recommendations; over 700 projects were evaluated based on their originality, impact and scalability.
Musical Futures was chosen due to its unique pioneering status and ability to create a scalable impact. Originally designed to address the gap between student engagement with music in school and that outside of school, Musical Futures has helped many music educators across the world reshape their approach to music teaching, increasing their skills and confidence and enabling them to deliver a high-quality music education for all.
Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures said: “We’re so pleased to have been selected as one of HundrED’s 100 global innovations. Musical Futures has always strived to help teachers engage learners and improve outcomes. Being offered the opportunity to extend even further around the world using the HundrED platform is amazing and we are excited to see just how much further the project can be scaled.”
The selected 100 projects cover various fields of education from learning environments and holistic wellbeing to collaborative learning and game-based education, as well as a range of themes including small teacher-led practices, ambitious not-for-profit initiatives, viral edtech products and unique whole school models.
Saku Tuominen, creative director of HundrED, said: “Musical Futures clearly stood out to us as a project that needed to be shared with the world. Being able to showcase these innovations marks the beginning of a drive to get all teachers involved in revolutionising education. We will continue to encourage as many schools and organisations as possible to get involved so that we can work towards a positive future”.
To share the projects, HundrED has created an online platform so that educators around the world can trial and review Musical Futures and all the other innovations using the resources, for free. To explore the global innovations, please visit: www.hundred.org
More information about Musical Futures selection as a top 100 innovation in education can be found HERE