Fran Hannan

Managing Director

Fran Hannan

Managing Director
07985 188889

How long have you been involved with Musical Futures?
18 years – initially as a project manager for the Leeds pathfinder team in the original Paul Hamlyn Musical Futures project (2003-2008), then in many other roles from national co-ordinator to secondary programme manager and now Managing Director.

Running alongside my work with Musical Futures, my work for ArtForms (the lead organisation for the music hub in Leeds) between 2005 – 2021 gave me a unique opportunity to work with young people across the city using Musical Futures models and in supporting classroom teachers at both primary and secondary level.

What do you do?
Manage the day to day running of the organisation, work with the team to establish our programmes of work and new developments as well as lead on consultancy, training and conference presentations.

Training, presentations and consultancy include:

  • Representing Musical Futures – selected as one of 100 innovative education projects across the world – 2017 Innovation Summit hosted by HundrEd  Helsinki, October 2017
  • Workshop session for 175 delegates at the Music and Drama Education Expo – London, February 2018
  • Association for  Popular Music Education “Shaping the Future of Popular Music Education” – Nashville, June 2018
  • Bradford Music Service – Schools Music Education Conference, March 2019
  • International seminar “Learning Music Through Play in Out-of-School Context”, April 2019, at the Faculty of Music of Laval University in Québec City, Canada
  • Norfolk Music Service – workshop for instrumental teachers , September 2020
  • FÉILTE 2020 ‘Collaborating to Connect: Empathy with our Communities’, October 2020
  • [RE]LEARN 2020: The Learning Innovation Festival, November 2020
  • United Learning MAT – workshop for secondary music teachers, February 2021
  • Gateshead Music Service – workshop for instrumental teachers , September 2021
  • BEAT Barnet Education Arts Trust – primary music leaders workshop and resources to support the use of music technology in primary schools, November 2021
  • Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) Annual Conference, November 4th-6th 2021
  • Tempo 2022 – Manitoba Music Educators’ Conference, 21st October 2022
  • United Learning MAT – workshop for secondary music teachers, February 2021
  • Harris Federation MAT – workshop for secondary music teachers, February 2022
  • Ormiston Academies Trust – workshop for secondary music teachers March 2022
  • ArtForms – primary and secondary music teachers workshop and resources to support transition, May 2022
  • Teach First – sessions for trainee secondary music teacher cohort, October 2022
  • Every Copy Counts for the Schools Printed Music Licence, September 2021 – present

What is your background?

  • I studied music at Chetham’s School of Music before going on to the University of Nottingham to study music and then to complete a PGCE at Bretton Hall (Uni of Leeds)
  • I have worked as both an instrumental teacher teaching cello, but spent the majority of my career teaching music in both primary and high schools before joining ArtForms (the Leeds Pathfinder) to work on the PHF Musical Futures special initiative in 2005.
  • Alongside my role as Managing Director of Musical Futures I was also Head of Extended Learning Development for ArtForms (Leeds Music Education Partnership) until March 2021
  • Project Manager, National Co-ordinator, Secondary Programme Manager, Head of Strategic Partnerships for Musical Futures
  • Lead cellist for Harrogate Symphony Orchestra

Five words that sum up Musical Futures:
Engaging, positive, imaginative, reflective, changing

What music are you listening to at the moment?

The Killers, David Gray and loads of tracks as inspiration for a Just Play playalong!