Musical Futures has a wide collection of resources that you can download for free. Get started by downloading our Teacher Resource pack and log in and use your account to favourite and save relevant resources.

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*NEW* Music Technology

Our new Music Technology resources are designed to provide authentic learning experiences for students in the classroom using the music that the like, enjoy and identify with.

The ‘In The Style Of…’ packs provide genre and artist specific projects that can be used for remixing, composition or performance projects.

Just Play Resource playalongs available separately for immediate purchase from £4.99

Just Play is a skills building approach from Musical Futures for any teacher who wants to make music with their class. Just Play training offers music CPD plus easy-to-use resources which is suitable for ages 8 – 14

The following resources are available as part of the full Just Play resource (priced at £110) or to purchase separately as below:

EDEXCEL, AQA, EDUQAS & WJEC GCSE Set Work Playalongs for purchase & download.

The following resources are available to support understanding through performance of GCSE set works.

Songwriting Premium Resource

Our Songwriting Resource is designed to support teachers and students with songwriting, exploring ideas, lyrics and music.

The Songwriting resource is made up of a PowerPoint presentation, PDF Teacher Guidance Notes, Just Play Key Card PDFs and audio backing tracks. These cover:

  • Getting started with lyrics
  • Adding lyrics to music
  • Putting together the components of the song
  • Performance and recording
  • Student worksheets
  • And much more!

Everyone Can Play

is a simple step by step resource, suitable for beginners, that supports the development of instrumental skills on the ukulele using practical activities which cover strum patterns, chord shapes and easy chord progressions.


Musical Futures Teacher Resource Pack

This resource pack was first published in 2008 and is the definitive guide to informal learning, classroom workshopping and how to apply these approaches in your school or teaching situation.

Getting started with Musical Futures

Everything you need as you get started with using Musical Futures in your context

Informal Learning

Students acquire skills and know-how via collective decisions and endeavours, with teacher/practitioner as facilitator, in any context – in or out of school. For example, students play music they like with their friends in groups

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Informal Composing

Drawing on what they have learnt so far, students compose their own music

Modelling Aural Learning

Having been dropped into the ‘deep end’, students are now given more guidance and structure through a broken-down ‘musical model’ of a song.

This involves giving students an audio recording which contains:

  • The instrumental and vocal versions of a complete song
  • A variety of riffs and/or rhythms played separately and in combination. The song chosen for this project should be in a popular style that students feel familiar with and can identify with – even if they do not necessarily know or even like the song.
  • This project also involves making some structured guidance about the song available to the students – for example a worksheet containing the note names of the riffs, guitar tablature, drum rhythms etc.

Composing and Improvising

Skill acquisition gained through practical application, teacher as musical leader, in a setting such as a classroom or community context. For example, classroom workshopping and whole class performance.

Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice is a practical, hands-on, inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology and was created with the following aims:

1. To help students and teachers to feel confident about using their voices and mobile technology to create and explore music
2. To engage all students with singing in the classroom
3. To break down barriers to inclusivity and creativity through using mobile technologies in the music classroom, drawing on the interest and expertise of students

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Vocal Warm-Ups

A collection of singing warm-ups for the Find Your Voice Approach

Teacher created

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Viva La Vida

Just Play is about whole class music making. Don’t forget to include some...


This project is designed to be accessible to anyone from a non-specialist primary teacher to specialist practitioners in either phase.  Download the documents from the relevant page for your phase. For primary click HERE, secondary click HERE

Instrumental Futures

Musical Futures approaches work brilliantly with ensembles as well as in the classroom and there are some great examples of instrumental teachers applying the pedagogy to one to one tuition too.

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An introduction to samba by one of the original Musical Futures pathfinder teams

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Taiko drumming

An introduction to taiko drumming by one of the original MF pathfinder teams

Publications, reports and research

Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

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

In all schemes of work and lessons from now on! Excellent day, wish I would have come years ago.

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy