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5/17/2017 0 Comments
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Musical Futures has been selected to be a part of HundrED 2017, as one of the most inspiring innovations in K12 education. This means Musical Futures has been through a rigorous research process carried out by HundrED’s own in-house research team, been analysed by educational expert advisory boards, and has also been reviewed by student advisory boards too!
HundrED has been searching the world for 100 of the most inspiring innovations in education currently being employed in 2017. Educational practices had to meet the criteria of being innovative, impactful, and scalable.
Innovations were selected through HundrED’s own in-house research team, as well as through their advisory boards made up of experts in education. Student advisory boards were also consulted in order to make sure young people had their voices heard too.
To make sure HundrED’s findings are correct, the research team focused on finding out whether innovations produced tangible results, whether they addressed a need in an innovative and meaningful way, and whether the idea could grow to help others elsewhere in the world.
HundrED packages their findings in a way that makes it easier for teachers, students, parents, policymakers and thought leaders to find out about the latest developments in education, and to make it as easy as possible to implement similar ideas wherever they are in the world. HundrED will continue to research into innovations in education and will continually update their findings.
Read more about HundrED and find out more about the other music education initiatives that feature on the 2017 HundrED list alongside Musical Futures
Come and find out more about Just Play at one of our intensive Workshops in Dubai and Asia in 2017-18
I first became aware of Musical Futures about ten years ago, when the ideas and philosophies from the initial Paul Hamlyn Foundation projects became more widespread. I wondered what all the fuss was about, but at first was unconvinced.
I have been head of music at Hayes School in Bromley since 1999, and aside from our great students, one of the best aspects of my job is that my senior leaders leave me to get on with things my own way. They have always trusted me to experiment with new ideas, and support anything that engages our students with music.
It was the Find Your Voice pilot in 2012 that changed my mind about Musical Futures. I had a look at the video resources on the Musical Futures website, and was instantly hooked. Not being one to tread cautiously, I immediately tried them out with all my Key Stage 3 classes, and was gobsmacked by how engaged my students were. Amazing singers were coaxed out of the woodwork by the activities. I was a convert.
Since then, I have come to see how the Musical Futures philosophy really does tie in with my own ideas about teaching music musically, using practical experience of music-making as the starting-point for everything. In 2016 I applied to become a Musical Futures Champion Teacher, and I have loved becoming more involved.
Just Play is my new love. It has been a game-changer for our KS3 classes: it develops their musical skills so quickly, that suddenly a whole new world of possibilities is opened up. They gain a sense of mastery over their instruments, and feel like musicians.
One of my other loves is assessment, and finding really musical, useful ways to build assessment into what we do in lessons.
Read Jane's blog past about assessing Just Play
Jane will be delivering workshops in the UK in the summer term 2017
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