A Movement To Reshape Music Education

It’s the Way We Learn

Musical Futures is an innovative and exciting approach to music education that places the learner and their love of music at the heart of the music experience. Through a combination of informal learning and non-formal teaching, Musical Futures participants are immersed in the powerful act of making music—starting with the music that they know and love.

Working in dynamic, interactive musical communities, learners develop a sense of confidence in their ability to be the musician, learning to create, produce and listen to music in ways that are deep and lasting!

For those new to Musical Futures Canada, we hope that you’ll find something here that captures your imagination. For those that have already been working with the Musical Futures ethos for a while now, we’re confident this will be a place for you to connect, access a whole constellation of free resources and get the support you need to continue this exciting journey.

Musical Futures—It’s the Way We Learn

From “Just Playing” to Learning to Play

Our use of the word play seems to shift as we grow from childhood into adolescence. From informally playing with a ball and bat in the backyard, we “learn to play baseball”. From playfully moving our hands up and down the family upright, we are enrolled in lessons so that we can “learn to play” the piano. There’s a bit of an ironic twist here, and I would love to explore it with you!

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A message about Professional Learning Opportunities in Ontario

We have been receiving a number of requests for information about Professional Learning opportunities connected with Musical Futures this year in Ontario. Due to the ongoing labour negotiations at both local and provincial levels throughout the province, many PD initiatives have been put on hold. As most of our work currently takes place in the formal school context, we want to be respectful and sensitive to what is happening in the lives of many of our educators. But stay tuned to this station for exciting resource updates and opportunities to participate in the life of Musical Futures... read more

Non-formal Teaching: Getting Down to the Basics!

Although the Musical Futures philosophy involves being open to a whole range of strategies and approaches, it is firmly grounded in two important ideas: informal learning and non-formal teaching. I find that, when talking about Musical Futures, these two concepts are sometimes blended into a single phrase (Informal-learning-non-formal-teaching); sometimes they are used interchangeably. While there is connective tissue (I love using that phrase!) between the two, ignoring the distinctions between Informal learning and Non-formal teaching can cause us to lose some of the subtle colour and nuances of each.

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We offer a growing collection of print, audio and video resources designed to help you bring the excitement of informal learning and non-formal teaching to life in your own context. Whether you’re a Musical Futures newbie, or have been at it for a while, you’re sure to find something here to both inspire and challenge you and your students.

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Connect with one of our Champion Teachers. Join a Tuesday evening Twitter chat. Comment on a blog entry. Register for the Musical Futures Ning. Sign up for a training session. There are plenty of ways for you to connect with the growing community of people exploring the Musical Futures approach. Not only will you find a warm welcome here, but you’ll soon discover that your voice, your insights and your own learning is very welcome here!

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Training & Support

Musical Futures Canada is committed to offering you high quality, interactive support to cover a wide variety of needs and contexts. Whether you’re looking for a full-day training session in your school or community, an webinar session or a Twitter chat, we would love to talk to you about how we can best help you.

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