Training KS2 (ages 7-11) KS3 (ages 11-14)

Musical Futures Professional Development

providing teachers around the world with training, support, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, music lessons for their students

About Musical Futures

Musical Futures believes music learning works best when young people are making music, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built-upon in the classroom.

Classrooms are often the starting point for young peoples’ musical journeys, especially those who aren’t able to access this at home. This means that it is vital that high quality music learning experiences are available to every child throughout their school career not only to support their cultural education but to ensure the growth of the next generation of musicians.

Our experience in working with teachers and music educators comes from over 15 years of designing, applying and adapting Musical Futures teaching and learning strategies in UK classrooms after a period of intensive action research supported by funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

In 2017, Musical Futures was selected as one of the top 100 most innovative global music education initiatives by HundrED – with Musical Futures training, resources and networks now reaching more teachers working with students in 123 countries from Finland to France,  Brazil to Bangladesh!

We work with schools and organisations to offer presentations and taster sessions, to full training and consultancy packages – whether in the UK, Ireland or Europe or further afield.  Read about our work with schools and organisations outside the UK

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Upcoming Workshops in Europe

Musical Futures: Dublin – Wesley College, Dublin 16 – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2020 now open for booking:

Register for Musical Futures: The Netherlands (Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June  bookings open soon):

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Musical Futures is about an approach to learning, rather than a specific musical style, genre or curriculum approach.  Although developed in the UK, the pedagogy can be transferred to a range of learning contexts in any classroom across the world.

Musical Futures Professional Development sessions are practical, hands on and designed for teachers to experience the approaches from the perspective of their learners – exploring the key aspects of the Musical Futures pedagogy through interactive, practical and inspirational sessions alongside a chance to look at the practicalities, skills and resources required to introduce Musical Futures in your own classroom.

Our training will introduce delegates to Musical Futures approaches designed for ages 8 to 14 with all accompanying resources included.


Musical Futures training allows delegates to:

  • Understand how to deliver outstanding lessons that are rooted in active music making
  • Develop your confidence on a range of classroom instruments – drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele
  • Explore ways to ensure that students are fully engaged in lessons
  • Develop confidence in curriculum development to ensure students are developing knowledge through immersion in practical activities
  • Develop classroom approaches that provide a catalyst to involve all students, including disadvantaged groups in music making
  • Learn how to build essential performance skills amongst students that will promote achievement and attainment in music


Our one or two day professional development programme offers content from the following Musical Futures models:

Technology in the Music Classroom 

Ideas for delivering authentic music technology lessons rooted in the music that students like, enjoy and identify with and to help engage them in deep learning about music. Develop teacher confidence in delivering lessons that stimulate creativity through the effective use of digital technology.

Everyone Can Play

Introduces ukulele, guitar and keyboard and is ideal for students (ages of 7-11) who have never played before. These ‘beginner’ instrumental resources support the development of instrumental and ensemble skills with content created specifically to develop engagement and participation on ukulele, guitar or keyboard using practical activities covering simple strumming patterns, chord shapes and easy chord progressions through a series of original and popular melodies and songs. 

Just Play 

Designed to provide a vibrant and authentic curriculum approach that engages students in whole class music making for ages 9-14.  The approach engages students in whole class music making by providing a simple step by step resource that builds on Everyone Can Play and supports further the development of musical knowledge and rhythmic awareness alongside instrumental skill development on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele. Opportunities for differentiation within the resource mean that it is equally suited to students at both primary and secondary stages of education and can be adapted to cater for students of all abilities.

Find Your Voice
An inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.

Classroom Workshopping 

Explores innovative ways of developing musical ideas and resources. Using rhythmic grooves as starting points, develop confidence in developing melodic ideas – exploring structure, texture and chord sequences to create musically interesting compositions.


Ideas, activities and techniques to engage students and develop confidence with songwriting.  Use a series of starting points and a a variety of approaches to help students unpick the mystery of songwriting.

Informal Learning 

A cornerstone of Musical Futures pedagogy which aims to enhance student engagement, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.  Develop the skills and pedagogical approaches needed to promote an active, collaborative and purposeful learning environment in your classroom through this practical child-centred approach to learning.

What Is Included?

Included as part of the workshop:

  • All Musical Futures resources and lesson plans from each of the models covered in the training are available to use in the classroom immediately
  • Lunch and refreshments.

Who is It For?

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

  • Elementary and high school teachers with a responsibility for delivering music programmes
  • Specialist instrumental / vocal teachers
  • Trainee teachers
  • Those who work with teacher trainees
  • University lecturers interested in music education pedagogy
  • Music or arts education organisations
  • Groups of International Schools

Benefits of Musical Futures Training

  • Delivered by experienced teachers who use these approaches with their students
  • Based in a school setting – A chance to see another department/school in action
  • All of our courses are designed to give you the confidence, knowledge and resources to start delivery in your school the following day!
  • An opportunity to network with other music teachers

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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra