A music teacher at St. Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon is leading the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of Musical Futures – a teacher driven movement to reshape music education by engaging young people aged 11-18 in music making.
Mairéad Duffy, Head of Music, recently took part in a special Musical Futures conference at Brick Lane, London, joining 60 UK music educators to celebrate 10 years of Musical Futures and the launch of two new resources - Musical Futures (The App) and the We Teach Music brochure providing a visual insight into the lives of music teachers, which includes Mairéad herself.
St. Patrick’s Academy has been involved in the Musical Futures initiative for three years.
Mairéad told the TIMES: “It has only been with Musical Futures that I have become excited about CPD days. I have been very fortunate to have been involved in such top quality training which I can bring back to my colleagues and students.
“Musical Futures provides valuable opportunities to connect with other music teachers across the UK and indeed beyond. We share best practice and seek advice from one another, using social media.
“There is a wonderful buzz about our Music Department, with students taking more and more ownership of their learning.
“I am very proud to have been featured in both the Musical Futures app and the We teach Music brochure.
“Our first two day Northern Ireland conference takes place in the Mac in Belfast on the 6th and 7th Feb.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity to share with other music teachers what the essence of a musical futures approach is.”