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

Just Play

building essential musical skills

Course Overview

Please note: This full day’s training also incorporates our Everyone Can Play entry level whole class ukulele approach in addition to Just Play.

Just Play: building essential musical skills is our Musical Futures ‘first access’ programme for both teachers and students. One of our most popular programmes, Just Play is designed to build holistic musical skills and an understanding of how to play as a whole class band using ukulele, keyboard, guitar and bass (but can be adapted for whatever instruments you have access to in your classroom).

The day includes:

A full day training course delivered in a school setting, and involving a class of students (where possible)

A teachers guide and resource packs containing:

Refreshments and lunch.

Aims of the Course

Our Just Play training will demonstrate how to engage students in whole class music making using our a simple step by step Just Play resource – supporting the development of instrumental skills on drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and ukulele, using music that students like, enjoy and identify with.  As the students rotate regularly, they all play each instrument ensuring a level of challenge and breadth of experience, whatever their level of ability:

  • Discover the differentiation opportunities within the Just Play resource which make it ideally suited to students of from ages 8-14.
  • Explore the Just Play Playalongs contained in the resources –  a  great way to get students playing together as a large group and provide a safety net for BOTH students and teachers to experiment with whole class music making allowing everyone to take part, regardless of prior musical experience.
  • Increase numbers of students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
  • Increase student participation in concerts and performances
  • Better engagement with classroom music for all ages
  • Greater satisfaction in relation to your ow teaching and own musicianship​

For primary music specialists:

Just Play can be adapted for use with a range of instruments within the primary classroom – our training ensures that you are equipped to use the resource back in your school using a variety 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 ages 11-14 (years 7 – 9).

For instrumental teachers:

Just Play can be adapted by teachers engaged in small group or Whole Class Learning.

Book your place


  • Thurstable School, Essex
  • Fri 8th Nov 2019, 10am - 4.00pm
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Lancashire (Oldham)

  • Oldham Music Service, The Lyceum Building
  • Thu 21st Nov 2019, 10am - 4.00pm
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  • Outwood Adwick Academy
  • Fri 29th Nov 2019, 10am - 4.00pm
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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra