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Musical Futures International is seeking schools to host our popular 2 day open workshops in Europe in 2019.
Read on to find out what is involved in hosting and what we offer to host schools in return for use of their space, instruments and some help to promote our events locally and through their networks. You can also read about some our recent events hosted by schools including Harrow Shanghai, Nexus Singapore, Shrewsbury Bangkok, Alice Smith KL, Dubai College, The Bavarian International School and more!
If you are interested in getting involved then please drop our European Program Lead Anna Gower an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What is Mussila Music School and what has it got to do with Musical Futures?
Mussila Music School is a tool to learn the basics of music theory and link the musical ear to the written language of music. As well as teaching the basics of music in a fun and creative way, the Mussila Music School app and approach reinforces some of the core skills that also appear in Musical Futures: Everyone Can Play, our entry level offer for younger children.
Everyone Can Play incorporates activities that include I play, you play, listen then copy, take your turn, find, hear and keep a pulse and basic instrumental skills all of which are also nurtured in the Mussila Music School games through interactive exploration of the basics of music theory, especially through the use of rhythm, melody and timbres.
We asked Musical Futures International Champion Felicity O'Halloran, teacher at Hamlyn Banks PS in Geelong, Victoria to explore how her students in grades 3-6 responded to being able to use Mussila Musical School and huge thanks to Felicity for providing some useful feedback on how they all got on!
What did the students make of it?
My kids have just loved using this app. We start each lesson with Mussila Music School to help tune in and settle into learning The children have very much enjoyed using Mussila Music School, working through the Islands, gaining enough diamonds to buy extra instruments to use in Mussila DJ and Mussila Jam. The app is challenging but not so much that students lose interest, become discouraged and no longer want to use it. The incentives such as gaining and earning diamonds is a great motivator.
Mussila is a good introduction to basic music theory, recognising different instrument sounds and learning to recognise rhythms and melodies. In the 6 weeks we have been using Mussila I have noticed the growth in their understanding of all these three of these areas.
Students have in particular enjoyed using Mussila DJ; this is pretty much every student’s favourite aspect of the app. They have enjoyed playing with the turntable, creating their own sounds and experimenting with sound, adding the effects and sourcing instruments/sounds that they might need to make the performance more interesting.
How did students feel they benefited from using Mussila Music School?
JOIN US FOR A FREE WEBINAR ON FEB 20, 2019 AT 8:30 PM (AUSTRALIAN EASTERN SUMMER TIME, 9.30am GMT)
(RECORDING ALSO AVAILABLE AFTER THE WEBINAR FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T JOIN LIVE)
MF Studio is a collaboration between Musical Futures International and Soundtrap - an online music studio that through its education site SoundtrapEDU delivers many powerful and creative tools for teachers.
MF Studio integrates Musical Futures unique teaching approaches with Soundtrap EDU’s powerful suite of online music production software.
MF Studio has been designed to enable student creativity and particularly collaboration. The activities and resources initially focus on songwriting, composition, beat making, electronic music production as well as multi media like podcasts or adding music and sound to film projects.
With SoundtrapEDU students can make music, create and collaborate with their friends - wherever they are in or out of class - through Soundtrap’s ‘walled garden’ education platform.
The functionality includes drag and drop options through to more complex programming and arranging meaning that an entry point exists for those new to technology as well as the more experienced.
This webinar will be led by Soundtrap experts Adam and Pontus.
Its a free event you can join on the night or register to receive the recording for later viewing.
All participants will be able to access a FREE 90 day trial of SoundtrapEDU for use in their classrooms following the webinar.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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We can't get enough of this video of year 9 students at iCAN International School, Cambodia shared by their teacher and Musical Futures International Champion Joaan Foo.
Joaan has been a regular attendee at our Asia Intro, Recharge and Further Into MF workshops and has been able to share some inspiring stories about how embedding Musical Futures into her work at iCAN has had a real impact with students of all ages.
As always it is the individual musical stories of each student that sit behind this performance that show the importance of music in school and the difference that programs like Musical Futures International can make to student engagement and musical and personal development as they progress through school.
We wish this group well with their performance to the whole school in the next few weeks!
Huge thanks to Joaan and her students for sharing this with us.
Our first Musical Futures International workshops took place this week at The Bavarian International School, Munich and marked the launch of our new Musical Futures International European Program which we are excited to be implementing across 2019.
Working with teachers from 3 different schools in the city, our Head of training and Development and new European Program Lead Anna Gower put together 2 days of workshops that explored the pedagogical basis of Musical Futures, some of our fantastic audio/visual resources and how these can be cherry-picked to teach to outcomes devised by both teachers and students themselves.
On day 2, the group unpicked how parameters applied to composing and improvising can affect the way teachers approach creative music tasks both as learners and as teachers and the implications of such approaches for their students. The final task, to write an original song produced a fantastic outcome and you can watch back the live video in our Musical Futures International teacher group on Facebook to see how we end our workshops-with one big musical experience!
Teachers all took away plenty of resources to get them started with using Musical Futures in the classroom straight away (all delegates at our workshops receive free and unlimited downloads of all our current and futures resources). We hope our new friends in Munich enjoy trying them out with their classes this week! **
If you are interested in finding out more about Musical Futures International in Europe, please contact Anna Gower via email@example.com.
**please note that this does not apply to workshops run by Musical Futures UK
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