The children I am working with are responding to positively. They are very keen to learn new music and don’t not feel threatened to play. They enjoy the ‘have a go’ and ‘just play’ strategy.
About Musical Futures
Musical Futures is a not-for-profit organisation, which first began in the UK 15 years ago as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative. We are passionately dedicated to supporting teachers with teaching music in a way that helps them to engage and enthuse their students.
Our vision is for a future where everybody benefits from the value of music. We want music-making to be relevant and engaging, imaginative and authentic and to keep music alive in our schools in order to nurture the creative talent of tomorrow.
We offer training and consultancy predominantly in the UK and Europe, but have links with institutions and schools in many other countries.
It’s the way we learn
We believe that music learning is most effective when young people are making music, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built upon.
Musical Futures is a tried-and-tested yet innovative approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical culture of the participants. It brings real-world music learning processes into schools and other formal settings, engaging and inspiring all and promoting inclusion and diversity.
Musical Futures has developed into a national and international network of more than 2,000 teachers and practitioners adapting the approaches in the UK and overseas.
What we do
200,000+ young people benefit from Musical Futures every year.
Musical Futures supports primary and secondary schools to transform their music teaching. We share the learning systems, professional development, tools and support needed to embrace an ethos of innovative, inspirational and informal music learning in the classroom and in the community.
What it looks like
Our approach emphasises real-world learning, using methods that are employed by popular musicians and community practitioners outside of formal settings. 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.
Musical Futures is shaped around these core values:
- Inclusive – everyone takes part at their own level
- Absorbing – learning is practical and hands-on
- Relevant – starts with music that learners engage and identify with
- Sociable – it is collaborative and with friends
- Informal – led by learners with teachers/leaders modelling, guiding, supporting
- Varied – learners perform, listen, compose, improvise, work on a range of instruments and voices, use technology, explore a range of genres and styles
- Progressive – music learning experiences are high quality, authentic where possible, and with clear progression routes
- Respectful – all learners, no matter what their ability or experience, are treated as musicians, and are supported to learn and develop
We are exploring new partnerships to develop our successful, tried-and-tested approaches for a range of in- and out-of-school settings, using the power of creating music to affect individual and social change.
Our Learning Models
Meet the Team
Our work at Musical Futures would not happen without the dedicated people behind it. Our core team is supported by a network of Champion Teachers and Schools who help promote best practice within their institutions.