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Just Play Playalongs for immediate purchase & download from £4.99

Just Play is a new 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:

Any teacher of years 4-6:

This approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for general classroom teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists.  No previous musical experience necessary!

Primary music specialists:

Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments or to build on Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

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.


Everyone Can Play

is a set of foundation resources designed for the ukulele.  The resources are suitable for use with younger primary children (years 2-4) but can also be adapted for use in many situations (e.g. as a transition activity).

Premium Resources for purchase & download from £4.99

Musical Futures is an approach to music teaching and learning that is underpinned by pedagogies developed from informal learning and non-formal teaching approaches to classroom music. These *NEW* Premium Resources have been created with these pedagogies in mind, and include many of the key principles of Musical Futures.

NEW Playalongs – for immediate purchase & download

These playalongs have been designed to support the teaching of music at Key Stage Four and complement many of the exam board set works

Getting started with Musical Futures

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

Advice and Guidance for using Musical Futures

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

Just Play Sample resource - FREE

The skills building approach designed to support key musical skills and knowledge.

Music Learning Revolution

User-generated content from Musical Futures’ annual CPD conference

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

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

Lindsay Thomas, One Education Music

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

Jamie Thomas, Hall Cross Academy