Training Outside the UK

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.

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

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

Recently recognised as one of the most most successful and sustainable music education initiatives in schools in the UK and Australia and as one of the top 100 most innovative global music education initiatives by HundrED Musical Futures training, resources and networks now reach more than 1.5 million students in 71 countries.

In addition to our UK training programme, Musical Futures is pleased to be able to offer workshops across the world.  Please contact Fran Hannan, Managing Director – for further details.

Event details

Our one or two day workshops offer a selection of units taken from the following Musical Futures approaches:

  • Just Play – 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
  • Songwriting – 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 – 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

Included as part of the workshop:

  • Each activity includes resources and lesson plans you can immediately use in the classroom
  • The chance to network with colleagues and find out about our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world
  • Automatic membership of Musical Futures
  • Access to future members-only discounts on resources – new Just Play playalong tracks are regularly available to download from the MF website (at an additional cost) so there are always new and up-to-date resources to use with your students!

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

  • 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.