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).

Event details

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 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, enjoy and identify with.  Students rotate regularly so that they all play each instrument which ensures a level of challenge and breadth of experience.

The differentiation opportunities within the Just Play resource mean that it is suited to students from ages 8-14.

The Just Play Playalongs contained in the resources are a  great way to get students playing together as a large group.  Not only do they provide a safety net for students and teachers to experiment with whole class music making but they allow everyone to take part, regardless of prior musical experience.

Just Play playalong content is regularly updated ensuring that repertoire fresh, contemporary, accessible and engaging.

Just Play: building essential musical skills 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.

Who is it for?

The approach is recommended for use at both primary and secondary levels level from ages 8-14

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 Learning

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

Course dates

Register your interest

Musical Futures training days, in-house consultancy and workshops are offered predominantly across the UK and Europe.

Can’t see a workshop near you? Register your interest or email us your Training Request