Who we are

Who we are

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.

Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Have learnt so much today, will revolutionise my teaching. Super, uplifting, motivational, inspirational.

Angela Lesslie, Peripatetic Instrumental Teacher

Would be lost without MF – The organisation supports my ethos as a teacher!

Adella Charles, Turves Green Girls School