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Musical Futures Workshops

providing teachers around the world with training, support, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, music lessons for their students

About Musical Futures

Classrooms are often the starting point for young peoples’ musical journeys, especially those who aren’t able to access this at home. This means that it is vital that high quality music learning experiences are available to every child throughout their school career not only to support their cultural education but to ensure the growth of the next generation of musicians.

Musical Futures believes music learning works best when young people are making music, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built-upon in the classroom.

Our experience comes from over 15 years of designing, applying and adapting Musical Futures teaching and learning strategies in UK classrooms after a period of intensive action research supported by funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Recently recognised as one of the most most successful and sustainable music education initiatives in schools in the UK and Australia and as one of the top 100 most innovative global music education initiatives by HundrED Musical Futures training, resources and networks now reach more teachers working with students in over 100 countries from Finland to France,  Brazil to Bangladesh!

We work with schools and organisations to offer presentations and taster sessions, to full training and consultancy packages – whether in the UK, Ireland or Europe or further afield. Read about our work with schools and organisations outside the UK

Upcoming Workshops in Europe

Musical Futures in Europe – Upcoming workshops for 2020:

Musical Futures Workshop, Dublin: Wesley College, Dublin 16 – Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2020

Musical Futures Workshop, The Netherlands (summer 2020 – date TBC)

If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop or would like to enquire about in-school consultancy.

Workshops Overview

Musical Futures workshops are practical, hands on and designed for teachers to experience the approaches from the perspective of their learners.

Musical Futures is about an approach to learning, rather than a specific musical style genre, meaning that it is sustainable and transferable to a range of learning contexts, both within the UK and overseas.

Our European Workshops will introduce delegates to Musical Futures approaches designed for ages 8 to 14 with all accompanying resources included in the training.

Experience Musical Futures from the viewpoint of your learners whilst participating in taster sessions for exploring key aspects of the Musical Futures pedagogy – interactive, practical and inspirational workshops PLUS all the practicalities, skills and resources required to introduce Musical Futures in your classroom.

Our one or two day workshop options will offer content from the following Musical Futures models:

  • Technology in the Music Classroom Deliver authentic music technology lessons rooted in the music that students like, enjoy and identify with and to help engage them in deep learning about music.
  • Everyone Can Play introduces students to ukulele, guitar and keyboard – ideal for those who have never played before! These ‘beginner’ instrumental resources support the development of individual instrumental skills with content created specifically for ukulele, or guitar or keyboard using practical activities covering strum/riff patterns, chord shapes and easy chord progressions through a series of original and popular melodies and songs.
  • Just Play is the Musical Futures ‘first access’ programme for both teachers and students, suitable for ages 8 -14.  Designed to build holistic musical skills and an understanding of how to play as a whole class band​, the approach engages 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.
  • Find Your Voice explores our inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.
  • Classroom Workshopping gets your students composing and improvising through classroom workshopping – learning by doing makes key terms and concepts easier to learn, with students are more likely to remember what they are learning if they are actively engaged in the process. ​
  • Songwriting – ideas, activities and techniques to engage students and develop confidence with songwriting.
  • Informal Learning – a cornerstone of Musical Futures pedagogy which aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians.

Included as part of the workshop:

  • Each activity includes all resources and lesson plans you can immediately use in the classroom
  • Lunch and refreshments.

Aims of the Workshops

Musical Futures 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 approaches can work with students.

The training is for those who are new to or who wish to learn more about Musical Futures and is particularly suitable for:

  • Elementary and high school teachers with a responsibility for delivering music programmes
  • Specialist instrumental / vocal teachers
  • Training teachers
  • Those who work with teacher trainees
  • University lecturers interested in music education pedagogy
  • Music or arts education organisations
  • Groups of International Schools

Book your place


  • Wesley College
  • Fri 21st Feb 2020, Options for one day (Friday 21st ONLY) or two days (Friday 21st AND Saturday 22nd): 10am - 3.30pm
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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra