Just Play(JP)

Provider: Musical Futures
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Description Musical Futures: Just Play is primarily for teachers working in primary schools who want to make music with their classes. This approach to music teaching has been designed and scaffolded for teachers who don't consider themselves to be music specialists, which means that no previous musical experience is necessary. This is a full day of training with comprehensive video, audio and written resources that break down the process of teaching music. You will experience the approach from the position of your learners, which will give you to confidence to lead music lessons yourself. You will gain musical skills and take away a wealth of resources ready to use straight away. Musical Futures: Just Play is designed to enhance, rather than replace, any specialist music provision that schools may already engage with.
Duration 1 day

Musical Futures's website

Categories Primary, Secondary, Teaching and Learning, KS1, KS2, KS3, 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 to use in the classroom straight away
  • All the resources you need to get started together with guidance for how to access the instruments needed to take on the approach
  • 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?

  • Increase confidence with leading music activities with students in years 4-6
  • Find ways to engage your students, staff and parents with music in school
  • Encourage parents to come into school to watch performances
  • Learn how to build student instrumental skills on a variety of musical instruments as they play music they like and engage with from the start
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.


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