Just Play

Just Play is a practical approach to building essential musical and instrumental skills in both primary and secondary stages of education from ages 8-14 an

This full day course offers practical music making exploring Just Play in a variety of contexts and includes a copy of the full Just Play resource AND Everyone Can Play ukulele resource

Just Play Dates now booking for 2019:

Just Play: London – Tuesday 11th June

Just Play: North East – Friday 21st June

Just Play: Yorkshire – Wednesday 26th June

A full day of Just Play Training costs £155 (Standard)/£135 (Early Bird) OR £85 for students and includes:

    • A full day training course delivered in a school setting, and involving a class of students (where possible) includes:
    • A teachers guide and resource pack containing:
      • A download link to the full Just Play materials and resource (worth £110), which provides a full scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and play alongs all ready for classroom use straight away.
      • A download link to the full Everyone Can Play materials and resource (worth £40), which provides a full scheme of work, teacher notes, class materials and play alongs all ready for classroom use straight away.
      • Exclusive Playalong Pack – 3 x additional playalongs of your choice
    • Refreshments and lunch.

Event details

Just Play is our Musical Futures ‘first access’ programme for both teachers and students. It is designed to build holistic musical skills and an understanding of how to play as a whole class band​.

Originally designed for generalist primary school teachers who often felt that they weren’t ‘musical’ themselves, Just Play has helped many teachers to take a step in to leading music activities through playing and participating alongside their students.

For music specialists in both primary and secondary schools, Just Play has become an accessible and musical way for them to ‘skill up’ all students on a range of instruments whilst also supporting large group music making supporting them to listen, copy and follow the music, maintain a pulse, play in time etc. 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 both primary and secondary levels level from ages 8-14

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