All the news from Musical Futures International
Music class is so much better than in previous years as we now have more independence‟ – Grade 6 student
1) The most recent independent evaluation of our teacher professional learning programme shows that 97% of respondents believe that Musical Futures removes barriers to participation
"MF is the solution to engaging students" – Music teacher
Musical Futures was developed in response to a need to improve music education and in particular to improve access to music making in schools and to increase its relevance to children and young adults. So we are really proud to hear that 97% of respondents to our recent independent evaluation of Musical Futures believe that MF removes barriers to participation. We also loved some of the verbal feedback from our teachers and students involved in a wider series of interviews, so we have shared some more or our favourite quotes throughout this article!
You can read more of our impressive feedback from teachers involved in the first cohort of the Victorian Government PD program here and join the growing numbers of teachers worldwide who report that using music in school results in:
What's not to love about more people making more music for longer?
"There is a buzz around the school about music now" – Music teacher
2) There are many ways to teach music: we help teachers think about how and why they teach it (and make some new friends along the way)!
"The MF PD has moved us out of our comfort zones and helped us relate to student experience" – Music teacher
Music teaching can be an isolated experience and sometimes its's easy to lose sight of your musical roots once the realities of teaching take up more and more of your time! All of our workshops are practical, hands on and musical. We sing, play and always allow plenty of time for networking, sharing and getting to know each other. And it doesn't stop there. We also provide all the resources you need to get started with MF straight away for free and you can even come and join one our international music teacher chat group to continue the discussion as you get to grips with MF in your classroom. Meet the team and find out more about what happens on one of our 2 day intensive workshops here
"Through MF I discovered a new way to teach music, it changed my practice and opened my mind" – Music teacher
3) Our November and January workshops in Asia will be filled with new content and you can be the first to get your hands on it!
"I became a much better musician after MF, I now have the confidence to sing and play unfamiliar instruments" – Music teacher
In the last few months we have announced partnerships to help us keep the 'future' in Musical Futures. We are busy developing Musical Futures Studio, our new approach for music technology in partnership with Soundtrap and Mussila (for younger students) and approaches to progress, progression and assessment in partnership with Trinity College London.
Our new workshops for Musical Futures Styles, songwriting and exploring 'beyond the play along' are all being developed by members of the MF International Team.
And the best bit? All of these new ideas will be part of our day 1 Recharge and day 2 'Further into MF' schedules, or if you are new to MF you can spend day 1 getting up to speed with our core MF approaches Informal Learning, Classroom Workshopping, Find Your Voice and Just Play before going deeper in MF on day 2!
Finally if it's a more intensive introduction to MF that you are after, our 2 day intro workshop in Shanghai in January is the option for you.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai or Bangkok and if you have any questions drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you!
"Since adopting MF I am more relaxed and smile more in class" – Music teacher
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