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Just Play

 

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JUST PLAY: NORFOLK (AUTUMN)

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JUST PLAY: NORFOLK (SPRING 2018)

JUST PLAY: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Register your interest for our 2017-18 programme HERE and we’ll let you know when additional events are open for booking!

Event details

Just Play is designed to engage all teachers in making music with their classes whether they consider themselves to be musicians, music specialists, musical or not and will enable children to develop musical skills, build confidence and support their overall personal development.

Aimed at students aged between 8-14, the approach is designed to engage students in whole class music making by providing a simple step by step resource that supports the development of instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele, using music that students like, recognise and engage with.

Just Play training allows delegates to:

  • Understand how to deliver outstanding lessons that are rooted in active music making.
  • Explore ways to ensure that students are fully engaged in lessons.
  • Develop confidence in promoting and identifying outstanding progress in music learning.
  • Develop classroom approaches that provide a catalyst to involve all students, including disadvantaged groups in extra-curricular music making.
  • Build essential performance skills amongst students that will promote achievement and attainment in music.
  • See how the approach can work with students.

 

Who is it for?

The approach is recommended for use at primary level from years 4 onwards, or in years 7 – 9 at secondary level

For teachers of years 4-6:

This approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for general classroom teachers who don’t consider themselves to be music specialists.

For primary music specialists 

Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments

For secondary music teachers:

This is a great way to build basic instrumental skills on a range of instruments commonly found in the secondary classroom and is ideal for use with years 7-9.

For instrumental teachers:

Just Play can be adapted by teachers engaged in small group or Whole Class Ensemble Tuition

 

What will I take away from a Just Play course?

  • A full day training course delivered in a school setting, and involving a class of students
  • A teachers guide and starter pack
  • A download link to the full Just Play resource, which provides a full scheme of work
  • Refreshments and lunch

New playalong tracks are available each half-term to download from the MF website (additional cost) so there is always new and up-to-date resources to use with your students.

About Musical Futures Training

Teachers who use of Musical Futures in schools report:

  • An increase in numbers of students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
  • Increased student participation in concerts and performances
  • Better engagement with classroom music for all ages
  • Greater satisfaction in relation to their teaching and own musicianship​
Session 1: Building Skills
  • Explore how to develop instrumental skills in a whole class setting using ukulele, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums.
  • Develop an understanding of how this approach can foster outstanding learning in your own classroom.
Session 2: Build Your Band
  • Have a go at performing a range of current popular songs at different levels with our exclusive Just Play play alongs - there's something for everyone and even some chair drumming thrown in for good measure!
  • Look at how performances can be used to measure progress
Session 3: Next Steps with Just Play 
  • Discuss with others the best way to implement Just Play in your classroom or department to get started tomorrow!
  • Gain practical advice on how to ensure that this approach can promote outstanding teaching and learning
Session 4 : Just Play in Action (where circumstances allow)
  • See the approach delivered to a class
  • Observe how peer and self-assessment can be used to promote excellence in music lessons
 

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Musical Futures training days are currently being scheduled in: Yorkshire, London, North West, South West, North East, Midlands, Northern Ireland and Scotland.