Composing and Improvising(CAI)

Provider: Musical Futures
£95.00 (no VAT on this item) Standard ticket


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Description Musical Futures: Composing and Improvising explores the compositional process by breaking down an existing piece of music and transforming it through improvisation into into a brand new piece composed collaboratively. This gives students the skills needed to compose and improvise independently, ready to tackle the demands of the new GCSE specifications.
Duration 1 day

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Categories Secondary, Teaching and Learning, 14-19, KS3, KS4, Arts, Teaching staff, Main-scale (core) teacher, Newly Qualified Teacher, Trainnee (pre-QTS) teacher, In school, Collaborative Learning, There are approaches to support pupils working together, Tasks are designed carefully so that working together is effective and efficient, Provides approaches that encourage lower achieving pupils to talk and articulate their thinking in collaborative tasks
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

What will I take away from this course?

  • Ideas and resources to use in the classroom straight away
  • Cross-platform app to guide you through the resources
  • Membership of Musical Futures to include access to members-only resources, equipment deals, offers and more
  • Access to our international teacher network to share ideas with like-minded teachers across the world
Evidence underpinning this approach

Our creative, exciting, innovative, tried-and-tested learning methods and approaches are based on the way self-taught musicians learn. They build on individuals’ existing musical interests, involve learning instruments and vocals mainly by ear, alongside friends, and are authentic and progressive.

Musical Futures’ philosophy is built on Professor Lucy Green’s research into informal learning, and on pathfinder research projects which were undertaken to trial and evaluate a number of learning models.

Musical Futures’ hands-on training, resources, consultancy and online networks enable teachers and those working with young people or adults to deliver inclusive and inspirational music learning activities. Our methods are  developed, refined and shared by teachers for teachers.

Previous training feedback:

“Opened my eyes to how easy it is to communicate to pupils with the use of music. Really enjoyed the whole day. Would do it all over again! Awesome!

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

“Excellent workshops – extremely accessible for all abilities and levels.”

More than 2,000 teachers in the UK and overseas use Musical Futures approaches in their classrooms, engaging more students in meaningful and relevant music learning. 

How users/participants can evaluate success

Participants can engage with Musical Futures and get an impression of our approach from teachers who are already using it -  follow our Twitter accounts @musicalfutures and @mufuchat. Also take part in our weekly Twitter #mufuchat discussions, every Wednesday at 8.30pm.


Why should I attend this course?

  • get ideas for how to deliver the new spec GCSE for first teaching 2016
  • find out ideas for practical approaches to teaching students to compose and improvise
  • engage pupils with music at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4
  • improve confidence and quality of practice with composing and improvising
  • embed inclusivity and accessibility into music lessons for all students regardless of previous musical experience
  • provide evidence to help your school achieve Artsmark
  • improve student attainment and take up of music at Key Stage 4
  • improve continuity between KS3 and 4
  • expand your range of teaching strategies to enhance your quality of teaching
  • encourage an outstanding attitude to learning in music lessons
Follow-up activities and support

Ongoing issues raised in our debate sessions will be discussed as part of our regular online chats that take place every Wednesday at 8.30pm #mufuchat. We actively encourage teachers to feed back to us, share their ideas and experiences, and become part of the Musical Futures community.


This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.