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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.

Just Play

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 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.

Everyone Can Play

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.

Composing and Improvisation

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.

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Vocal Warm-Ups

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

Teacher created

These resources have been developed by teachers who use Musical Futures in their classrooms.  They make links with existing Musical Futures programmes and reflect how Musical Futures is used in their context.

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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.

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 & research

Research, reports, evaluations etc on Musical Futures.

Yesterday’ss RSL course was absolutely outstanding. The school was awe inspiring and just walking round the corridors gave me some excellent ideas to implement at my own school. With regards to the RSL aspect of the course, I now have a strong understanding on how to run it and know how my assignment briefs should look etc. etc.

Jack Cotton – Broadgreen International School, Liverpool

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

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra