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On Cue: music-making with ensembles

The approach to non-formal music making with ensembles.

Course Overview

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

  • 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.

Aims of the Course

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

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.


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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra