Soundhouse and Musical Futures
- is an approach to teaching and learning music in the classroom that has hands on student music performance at its core
- is a new and imaginative way of engaging and sustaining young people, aged 11-18, in music activities
- engages whole classes of secondary aged students in music making
- brings students and their existing passion for contemporary music together into the classroom
- brings non-formal teaching and informal learning into the classromm and introduces teachers to new roles as mentors, coaches and guides
- is predicated on the belief that music learning works best when young people are making music
- provides peer learning opportunitues as students make music in bands with their friends
Who is Musical Futures for?
Musical Futures is designed for secondary schools, with a particular focus on 12-14 yr old students, as this has long been an age at which students seem to lose interest in music learning in school. However, whilst focussing on the secondary years, teachers in primary and tertiary education have successfully adopted Musical Futures approaches.
There have also been approaches tailored to work with student in challenging circumstances such as for students with special educational needs or those in Young Offenders Institutes.
The Australian Music Association has negotiated with Musical Futures and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to deliver their entire program to Australian schools at no charge for the intellectual property, copyright or material use.
Through funding provided by the NAMM Foundation, the Australian Music Association is able to provide on the ground professional development and support for schools participating in the pilot programs, including training direct from the UK experts. In the mid term this will also provide the basis for continued local training and support for the future.
Soundhouse Music Alliance provides the training facilities and educational staff to support local teachers and schools during the training and pilot programs, and under the direction of the UK experts.
Individual members of the Australian Music Association (musical instrument manufacturers and wholesalers), have made available equipment and instruments at a significantly reduced cost for schools that do not have existing instuments or appropriate resources, but which wish to participate in the program pilots.