Introduction to Musical Futures Who is the workshop for?
Primary music specialists and primary classroom teachers with a background in music,
Secondary music teachers
Tertiary music/education educators
Tertiary students studying music or music education
Why attend? Musical Futures believes music learning works best when young people are making music, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built-upon in the classroom. Musical Futures was established in 2003 and grounded in academic research, is based on the real-world practices of popular and community musicians.
Musical Futures supports teachers around the world with training, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, developmental music programs in the classroom. Currently more than 1.5 million students in 71 countries worldwide benefit from their teachers use of the Musical Futures approach. The widespread adoption of Musical Futures in the UK and Australia means that it is now one of the most successful and sustainable music education initiatives in schools in those countries.
What's on the program?
Over the two days each of the following Musical Futures units will be workshopped:
Just Play - is a practical workshop plus a full easy-to-use resource for primary music specialists and secondary music teachers which explores the Just Play, the skills-building Musical Futures approach.
Find Your Voice - an inclusive approach for engaging students of all ages with singing through vocal work and the integration of mobile technology.
Groove your classroom - models strategies for composing and improvising through classroom workshopping and shows how these can be delivered in practical ways that are both musical and theoretical
The Songwriting workshop explores inventive techniques for teaching contemporary songwriting and is supported by materials that engage students with fresh, hands-on approaches, opening them up to exciting possibilities for storytelling and music creation.
Informal learning is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. Unpick how this works in practice and discuss the impact a change of approach can have on music teaching in schools
Then there are the materials and resources....
Each activity includes take home resource packs and lesson plans you can immediately use in the classroom
Membership of Musical Futures to includes access to future members-only resources is included as is
Access to our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world.
How does Musical Futures help my students and teaching?
Designed to be used in both primary and secondary classrooms and improves the transition from junior to secondary music
The approaches support student learning from foundations to independent music making and creation
Classroom ready resources for guitar, ukulele, drums, percussion, keyboards, voice and ensembles with over 130 FREE resources to take away
Links to a global teacher network
Two practical days of music making that are teacher friendly and ready to apply to any curriculum including British, US, Australian, Canadian and IB
Develops fresh ideas for composing, improvising and songwriting and whole class work shopping for primary and secondary classes
Introduces new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school
Get more students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments and challenge more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class
Increases participation in concerts and performances
Improves engagement with classroom music for all ages
Increases numbers of students opting to participate in music
In addition to the workshop and resources your workshop fee includes lunches and refreshments.
The workshops will be conducted in English. The materials provided are in English.
Workshop leaders Our team of workshop leaders comes from the UK and Australia. Combined they lead over 120 workshops around the world each year where they work with around 2,000 teachers.