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Imagine the possibilities….come on our co-pilot journey

…and they said I’d never get this school singing… pah…

In our recent call for schools to pilot new approaches to learning through singing and technology, we received over 100 applications of an incredibly high standard for just 15 places. This got us thinking. With this level of interest, could we possibly run a second pilot, managed through online networking and support via our various forms of social media so that many more students could have the chance to experience what we are sure will be an innovative and exciting new approach for use with year 7 (age 11-12) classes?

The approaches

It’s Your Voice: students will deconstruct music that they are familiar with, and rebuild it entirely using their voices (replicating melody, bass, percussion etc). The approach will aim to build student confidence with how they can use their voices in a variety of ways, and also develop teacher confidence with delivering vocal approaches that build exclusively on Musical Futures principles

It’s Your Choice: an exploration of the creative possibilities of using mobile/tablet technology in the classroom. It will involve students creating music exclusively using mobile devices – not attempting to replace instruments, but to show how this technology can contribute to a music classroom.

Both approaches will be delivered exclusively by classroom teachers, testing their feasibility and replicability.

How the co pilot will work

  • The co pilot will be open to any school, anywhere (UK and beyond!) and there is no selection process. Sign up and you will be sent all the information and resources you need to get started.
  • We will make video and guidance from the training day available via our website and blog for teachers to plan the project in their schools
  • We will make all resources from the pilot available to all members of the co-pilot. Co piloters will have access to webinars, live chat, the #mfpilot hashtag on twitter, a closed facebook group hosted by a member of the core MF team and a discussion thread on our teacher network
  • We will invite everyone involved in the pilot and co pilot that has tried the approaches to a national CPD and networking event at the end of the year

What you need to do

  • Identify a block of time when you can run the project with a year 7 (or equivalent) class.
  • Sign up for the co pilot and you will be emailed details of training materials as they are released and instructions for how to sign up to the various online resource areas you will need to be able to access
  • Watch the video and read the guidance from the sessions that will be taking place at the training for the pilot schools on Feb 14th and 15th
  • Check your email for updated information and guidance as the project progresses
  • Watch email and Twitter for details of live webinars and chat you can participate in to meet other teachers and get advice from the core team including from singing and technology specialists
  • Feed back to us about how you are getting on and we will add any video or recordings to the galleries on our website


David Price OBE blog

Taster Video: What’s the fuss about?Image



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The Musical Futures Movement #mufu2013


Musical Futures is a movement to reshape music education driven by teachers for teachers.

What a fantastic way to relaunch the Musical Futures blog: a new slogan, new pilots and for the first time ALL our champion teachers from across the UK in one place.

If you follow us on Twitter you won’t have been able to miss the buzz surrounding #mufu2013 which is still going on as teachers share the ideas they have already been trying in the classroom and reflecting on the interesting and lively debate that continues to surround MF in these times of uncertainty! Over the next few weeks, we will be blogging about the sessions, sharing ideas and video for those that weren’t there but who would like to know what the fuss is about and profiling the work of our champion teachers driving MF forward.

Reflective practice and the sharing of ideas is what keeps our teachers ticking and Martin Said, Champion Teacher from Cramlington Learning Village has been blogging about the keynote given by our Project Consultant David Price. Read his summary of the session and where he feels this will take him HERE and don’t forget to follow our blog for many more exciting new ideas, resources and things to think about coming very soon!

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