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International Training

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.

Musical Futures was established in 2003 and grounded in academic research, is based on the real-world practices of popular and community musicians.

Musical Futures is now one of the most successful and sustainable music education initiatives in schools in the UK and Australia and more than 1.5 million students worldwide have benefited from Musical Futures in 71 countries.

We provide teachers around the world with training, support, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, developmental music programs in the classroom.

Event details

Over two or three days each of the following Musical Futures units will be workshopped:

  • Just play – is a practical workshop plus a full easy-to-use resource for primary music specialists and secondary music teachers whichexplores the Just Play, the skills-building Musical Futures approach.
  • Find Your Voice – an inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.
  • Groove your classroom – models strategies for composing and improvising through classroom workshopping and shows how these can be delivered in practical ways that are both musical and theoretical
  • The Songwriting workshop explores inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting and is supported by materials that engage students with fresh, hands-on approaches, opening them up to exciting possibilities for storytelling and music creation.
  • Informal learning is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. Unpick how this works in practice and discuss the impact a change of approach can have on music teaching in schools
  • On Cue is the new Musical Futures approach to creative music-making. New resources combined with non-formal pedagogies (and practices) make OnCue suitable for use with any musical ensemble enriching and widening access to extra-curricular music learning.

Then there are the materials and resources….

  • Each activity includes take home resource packs and lesson plans you can immediately use in the classroom
  • Membership of Musical Futures to includes access to future members-only resources is included as is
  • Access to our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world.

How does Musical Futures help my students and teaching?

  • Improves the transition from junior to secondary music
  • Develop fresh ideas for composing, improvising and songwriting and whole class work shopping for primary and secondary classes
  • Introduce new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school
  • Challenge more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class
  • Get more students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
  • Increase participation in concerts and performances
  • Improve engagement with classroom music for all ages
  • Increase numbers of students opting to participate in music
  • Supports and connects with British, Australian, US and IB curriculum

In addition to the workshop and resources your workshop fee includes lunches and refreshments.

Musical Futures Australia also offers in-school 2, 3 and 4 day consultancy packages.

We will model the Musical Futures approaches with your classes and work with staff in a variety of areas including:

  • Setting up your space
  • Equipment and forward planning
  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Building an ethos of performing
  • Transition and building relationships between primary and secondary schools
  • Working with school leadersihp to grow the music department
  • Building a presence for the department/engaging parents
  • Being a MF champion school
Please email training@musicalfuturesaustralia.org for further details.

 

  • Elementary and high school teachers with a responsibility for delivering music programmes
  • Specialist instrumental / vocal teachers
  • Students who are training to be teachers
  • University lecturers – higher education and/or teacher training
  • Music or arts education organisations with a responsibility for delivering music in schools
  • Chains of international schools

You get:

·       All the materials and resources (free) to use in your classroom straight away

·       An approach that your students will love and you’ll love to teach

·       Expert guidance through practical, musical and fun workshops

·       Membership of Musical Futures to include access to members-only resources, equipment deals, offers and more

·       Access to our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world

You will learn how Musical Futures approaches can help to:

·      improve the transition from junior to secondary music

·      develop fresh ideas for composing, improvising and songwriting and whole class work shopping for primary and secondary classes

·      introduce new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school

·      challenge more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class

·      get more students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments

·      increase participation in concerts and performances

·      improve engagement with classroom music for all ages

·      increase numbers of students opting to participate in music

·      provide practical ideas for how to deliver examinations courses

All Musical Futures workshops are practical, hands on and are designed for teachers to experience the approaches from the perspective of their learners then unpick and collaboratively plan how to take them back into school and adapt them to their own contexts. The training schedule will include reference to:

  • Musical Futures: Just Play is a practical workshop plus a full easy-to-use resource for generalist primary teachers, music co-ordinators, primary music specialists and secondary music teachers which explores the Just Play, the skills-building Musical Futures approach.
  • Find Your Voice with Musical Futures! A practical workshop which explores our inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.
  • Composing and Improvising: ‘Groove your classroom’ with our classroom workshopping approach which models strategies for composing and improvising as a large group and shows how these can be delivered in practical ways that are musical as well as theoretical.
  • Songwriting: This workshop explores inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting and is supported by materials that engage students with fresh, hands-on approaches, opening them up to exciting possibilities for storytelling and music creation. Complete with take home resource packs and lesson plans you can immediately use in the classroom, this is an opportunity to develop your own songwriting skills in a practical workshop.
  • Informal learning is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. Unpick how this works in practice and discuss the impact a change of approach can have on music teaching in schools
  • Musical Futures: On Cue is the new Musical Futures approach to creative music-making. New resources combined with non-formal pedagogies (and practices) make OnCue suitable for use with any musical ensemble enriching and widening access to extra-curricular music learning.
  • The Big Gig (Australia June 2016): Most music education conferences are programmed in a way that means attendees spend most of their time sitting and listening to presentations. But at Musical Futures Australia we wanted our 2016 Conference to be a little different – a little more MF!
    Instead of sitting and listening we played, sang, composed, arranged, produced, scratched, rapped and improvised our way through two days of workshops. This Conference was more like a big two day gig – where participants came along and made music – some organised, some improvised with the view of taking those ideas, skills and materials back into the classroom
  • Music Learning Revolution (UK October 2016): MLR was a one-day conference for anybody working in music education. It was a call to action to keep relevant, dynamic, inclusive and engaging music learning alive for all young people. Powered by Musical Futures, a grassroots movement driven by music teachers, the Music Learning Revolution provided a diverse range of workshops with practical ideas that could be incorporated into classrooms the very next day; a series of inspiring talks by leading voices from creative industries, arts, culture, schools and politics; it connected industry and education, and provided a platform for young musicians from UK classrooms to come together, collaborate and perform.

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Just Play training days are currently being scheduled in:

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Exeter, Western-Super-Mare, Cardiff, Newcastle, Durham, Herts, Essex, London, Norfolk, Lincoln, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford, Belfast, East Sussex, Southampton, Dorset, Birmingham, Oxford