Musical Futures Primary

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Little Kids Rock After School Programme, New York Oct 2014

Musical Futures is pleased to announce that we have in development an approach for primary music. This week we presented our thinking behind the ideas to delegates at the Music Mark Annual Conference and were pleased with the positive responses we received.

About Musical Futures:

  • We believe that the process of creating music for its own sake isn’t valued highly enough by schools and communities. We want to change that.
  • Musical Futures has 11 years of knowledge, expertise, tried and tested methods in how people best learn music.
  • Our trainers are experienced music teachers. The by teachers for teachers approach remains at the heart of MF’s values.

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Anna Gower, Abigail D’Amore, Sharon Durant and Rob Kitchen with teachers at the OMEA conference Niagara Falls Nov 2013

Musical Futures Primary: 

We have been fortunate that over the past year we have travelled to see Musical Futures operating overseas in a number of different schools and with different age groups. We have met and talked to teachers, academics, children and parents about school music and we embedded what we have learned into our plans for MF primary.

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Anna Gower, Abigail D’Amore (MF UK) and Ken Owen (MF Australia) with primary children in Queens New York Oct 2014

What have we seen?

  • A highly successful organisation in the USA that has buy-in from 1000s of elementary schools for training, support and resources because they want to be part of a movement
  • That bringing parents into the classroom to see their children creating music in lessons is the most powerful way of engaging parents with the value of music education
  • That primary schools in Australia and Canada have successfully adapted and embedded Musical Futures methods into their practice. In Australia 2/3 of MF Australia schools are primary-it does work with younger children.
  • That there are clear correlations between the way that people naturally learn music and the way that people naturally learn language-this approach underpins the work of Little Kids Rock whom we visited in October. Read more about Music as a Second Language HERE
  • That many generalist primary teachers don’t feel confident with delivering the statutory aspects of the national curriculum
  • That we often underestimate what young children can achieve with music learning

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Abigail D’Amore’s  keynote at MF2 conference, Melbourne, Australia June 2013

We are pulling together what we have seen, and are testing ideas with primary experts, beginning with a ‘pre-pilot’ to run from Jan-Feb 2015. We are working with our partners in the USA and Australia to define what the elements of a successful programme of primary/elementary school engagement could look like and in September 2015 we will launch Musical Futures Primary as an action research pilot programme.

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In the music room at Trafalgar Primary, Australia June 2013

How to get involved

This week we put out a SURVEY for primary teachers, head teachers and teaching assistants to gather feedback on their experiences of primary music in their schools. Please circulate this so that we can gather an accurate picture of music in our primary schools.

If you would like further information about Musical Futures Primary, or to register interest, please contact Development Director anna.gower@musicalfutures.org

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