Training KS3 (ages 11-14)

An Introduction to Musical Futures

Course Overview

This hands on, practical, musical day led by a practitioner who has used Musical Futures in the classroom. You will experience Musical Futures from the viewpoint of your learners and participate in taster sessions for Musical Futures approaches/foundation units exploring key aspects of the pedagogy – Informal Learning, Non Formal Teaching (classroom workshopping), Find Your Voice and Just Play. A full day of interactive, practical and inspirational workshops PLUS all the practicalities and skills required to introduce Musical Futures in your classroom.

The training is for those who are new to or who wish to learn more about Musical Futures and is particularly suitable for:

  • Primary music co-ordinators
  • Primary music specialists
  • Secondary Music specialists
  • Classroom music teachers
  • Instrumental teachers
  • Trainee music teachers
  • Newly Qualified music teachers

Aims of the Course

Informal Learning: explore how student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition are enhanced in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.

Classroom Workshopping: develop the skills to lead creative group composition to make music learning as practical an activity as possible.

Find Your Voice discover teaching and learning strategies to engage all students with singing in the classroom and to help them feel confident about using their voices and mobile technology to create and explore music

Just Play find out how to engage students in whole class music making by experiencing this simple step by step resource that supports the development of instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele, using music that students like, enjoy and identify with.

We want you to ensure that you will leave with ideas and resources you can use straight away feeling confident that you can use them effectively with your students!

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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra