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.
From Summer 2016 Musical Futures will host teacher trainee students from the University of South Florida and place them in schools running Musical Futures in the UK. Students from the US will spend one month working alongside experienced Musical Futures teachers, supporting in classrooms, and seeing first hand the impact of using informal and non-formal practices with students. A small cohort of students will attend UK schools in June 2016, and if successful will rollout and increase in the future.
Professor David Williams from the University of South Florida says: ‘At USF we believe very strongly that the next generation of music teachers need skills working with students in learner centered classrooms – classrooms in which students work collaboratively in small groups, making creative decisions, and where they have significant autonomy over their learning. Future music teachers at USF currently take courses that help prepare them for these environments, but this Partnership will provide them with exceptional opportunities to practice with in-service teachers who have a wealth of experience. We are proud to be a partner with Musical Futures in developing music teachers who will be prepared to offer relevant and meaningful musical experiences to school students.’
If you would be interested in becoming a host school please contact email@example.com for further information.