On Cue: music-making with ensembles

£149 per person including all resources/£75 for students, please email info@musicalfutures.org for more information.

  • Can music in school be truly inclusive if your ensembles demand a certain standard of note reading ability and instrumental skill?
  • How can we accommodate the range of skills levels and experience often found amongst instrumentalists in school?
  • Are we really nurturing the ‘whole musician’ if learning and performing comes from reading the notes?

Developed in partnership with Musical Futures Associate Adam Saunders, On Cue is an inclusive approach to creative music-making. On Cue resources, combined with non-formal pedagogies (and practices) make this approach suitable for use with ensembles of any instrument or ability.

There are no One Cue workshops currently scheduled – please email info@musicalfutures.org if you are interested in attending an On Cue workshop or would like to host at your school/organisation.


Event details

Workshop sessions focus on a practical exploration of music making with ensembles including:

  1. Learning musical content through use of body percussion, vocalising, singing, playing by ear and improvising to build, create, develop and perform a new piece of music as a large group.
  2. Ideas for getting confident with building on simple musical starting points through vocal improvisation
  3. Improvising and collaborative music making –  basic melodic ideas learned by ear
  4. Developing ensemble skills rooted in active music making.
  5. Sharing ideas and resources that can make ensemble work vital, practical and engaging.


On Cue encourages aural learning and includes strategies for composing, improvising and singing as part of the approach.

Recommended for use by music teachers or practitioners working with music ensembles, regardless of the level or experience of your instrumentalists or the instrument combinations involved:

  • Teachers or practitioners looking for new approaches to working with bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles – On Cue is a great way to enhance your music provision by engaging musicians of all levels.
  • Anyone looking to set up an inclusive ensemble of mixed ability