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Musical Futures

Musical Futures (MF) works with students and teachers in schools, as well as influencing teacher education and training, by utilizing music-learning approaches adapted from out-of-school contexts, notably Lucy Green’s work on the incorporation of popular musicians’ informal learning practices in the classroom context. MF was originally a U.K.-based organization, founded in 2003 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Now it also exists in Australia and Canada and has influences in music education internationally, inspiring projects in Brazil, China, Cyprus, Greece, Singapore, Uganda, and the United States. After more than a decade as a charity, the U.K.-, Australia-, and Canada-based organizations are now private, nonprofit companies. This entry discusses the approaches that MF uses, the contexts in which it operates, its goals, and research on its effectiveness.

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