Musical Futures Online in the Primary School

18th October 2022

Musical  Futures has a long history of working with schools to help them introduce the pedagogy and approaches to their music curriculum.

After many years as a recognised pedagogical approach to teaching music in secondary school, over the last few years Musical Futures has refined the approach for the primary classroom – producing a range of resources supported by in-person and online training which is specifically designed to equip primary school teachers with the confidence, skills and resources to make music with their classes.

Working with an increasing number of primary schools, we have helped teachers – many who are not music specialists –  to think about how to plan and teach a vibrant music curriculum that has practical music-making experiences at its heart and that they can feel confident to introduce in their classrooms.

At Southdale C of E Junior School in West Yorkshire, we have been working to help them develop their primary curriculum in a way which matched the dynamic and exciting vision that the Head Teacher and her staff share for the school.  The entire staff – from Teaching Assistants to the Senior Leadership team – experienced a full day of hands-on practical training using Musical Futures approaches supported by Musical Futures Online resources.  A refresher day for staff is planned for January 2023 for the school to continue with its Musical Futures journey.

Sally Garnett – Music Leader at Southdale C of E Junior School and recently invited to join our network of Musical Futures Champion Teachers – talks about how she discovered Musical Futures and how it has developed in her school.

“I first started looking into the pedagogy of Musical Futures in the Autumn term of 2020 and contacted some other primary music teachers to ask them about how they had used Musical Futures and to see if the approach would work with what we were trying to achieve for our music curriculum.

We then had a whole staff Musical Futures training session (delayed due to covid) in May 2021. Musical Futures Online was then trialled by a variety of staff members following the training and was fully implemented in the academic year of 2021-2022 with plans to develop it further over in the next couple of years.  Fran (Managing Director) from Musical Futures has continued to be very supportive whenever I have asked a question or needed extra help with curriculum planning.

Having seen the impact that using Musical Futures and the online resource platform in our teaching has had on the skills, knowledge and confidence of our children and the staff who teach it (each class teacher teaches their own class), I am keen to share best practise and ideas with other primary schools to help them embed the resources into their music curriculum.

We are a school that want the best for our children and believe an engaging and hands on approach to music is what our children need. We are willing to trial and test different ideas and techniques to achieve the very best for our children whilst instilling a love for music and feel that Musical Futures has helped us to achieve our aims.

As a school, we have a strong online presence where we already share our use of Musical Futures for other schools to see. For primary schools who are unsure as to how to develop an engaging and inspiring curriculum I would be happy to speak to  them about how we have incorporated MF into our plans so that they can see  how it could work in their setting.”

If you are interested in introducing a vibrant and exciting practical music curriculum in your school and would like to learn more about what Musical Futures can offer your school, then contact Fran Hannan at fran.hannan@musicalfutures.org

Request a FREE trial of Musical Futures Online HERE

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