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Cancelled due to COVID-19 Lockdown (Musical Futures NZ workshop)

March 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am - March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


Auckland workshops – March 27 and 28, 2020

Musical Futures International returns to Auckland in March 2020 for a two day workshop at Long Bay College.

Teachers will be able to choose from two 1 day options:

Introduction to Musical Futures (for all first time attendees) on Friday March 27 or
Further Into Musical Futures (for teachers who have attended Musical Futures workshops in the past) on Saturday, March 28

Teachers can also combine the two workshops and join us for both days.

Who is the workshop for?

  • ​Primary music specialists and primary classroom teachers with a background in music,
  • Secondary music teachers
  • Tertiary music educators
  • Tertiary students studying music or music education
  • Instrumental teachers and practitioners

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.

Three workshop options

Introduction to Musical Futures  

if you are new to Musical Futures you have a choice of two Introduction to Musical Futures workshops: 

Attending an  Introduction to Musical Futures workshop is the  ideal way to start with informal learning and non-formal teaching plus the Just Play foundational resource along with some whole class workshopping.  The Intro to Musical Futures workshop is being held on Friday March 27th.

Further into Musical Futures

If you have attended a Musical Futures workshop in the past two years  then the Further Into Musical Futures workshop is your next step. The Further into Musical Futures workshop features all new units and resources and  takes place on Saturday March 28th  at Long Bay College.

Combine the workshops

Teachers have the option of combining both the Introduction and Further into Musical Futures on consecutive days (March 27 and 28th)


MARCH 27 and 28, 2020
9.30am – 4.00pm each day
COST:   $295 NZD for two days
$195 NZD
 for each single day option


What’s on the program?​

Intro to Musical Futures

The Introduction to Musical Futures workshop includes all the units of work Musical Futures has become famous for and conenctrates on informal learning and non formal teaching.  The content includes:

  • 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

Further into Musical Futures

This day introduces teachers to a new suite of resources introduced for the first time in 2020.  These materials include:

  • Aural learning approaches and resources
  • Vocal resources 
  • Music technology – studio and live music technology integration
  • Classroom workshopping

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?

  • Improves the transition from junior to secondary music
  • Develop fresh ideas for composing, improvising and songwriting and whole class work shopping for primary and secondary classes
  • Introduce new ideas for inclusive extra – curricular music in school
  • Challenge more advanced instrumental players through new routes to learning music in class
  • Get more students taking up instrumental lessons on a wider range of instruments
  • Increase participation in concerts and performances
  • Improve engagement with classroom music for all ages
  • Increase numbers of students opting to participate in music
  • Supports and connects with New Zealand and IB curriculum

In addition to the workshop and resources your workshop fee includes lunches and refreshments.


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.    ​
Fees and registration

Attend BOTH the Introduction and Further into Musical Futures workshops at Long Bay College 

on March 27 and 28th, 2020 – $295.00NZDAttend EITHER the Introduction and Further into Musical Futures workshops at Long Bay College 
Friday March 27th  (Introduction to MF) –  $195.00NZD
Saturday March 28th  (Further into MF) – $195.00NZD

Payment Options

After completing your registration and submitting it Musical Futures will send you or your school an invoice.  Payments can be made using a credit card via PayPal or via electronic funds transfer (EFT).  Payments are invoiced in AUD at $185 or $280 depending on the workshop selected.

No payment is required at the time of registering.


March 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am
March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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