Fran Hannan is the Managing Director of Musical Futures, a not-for-profit organisation, which first began in the UK 15 years ago as a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative. Musical Futures is passionately dedicated to supporting teachers with teaching music in a way that helps them to engage and enthuse their students. Its vision is for a future where everybody benefits from the value of music. Musical Futures wants music-making to be relevant and engaging, imaginative and authentic and to keep music alive in our schools in order to nurture the creative talent of tomorrow. It offers training and consultancy predominantly in the UK and Europe, but has links with institutions and schools in many other countries.
Over 200,000 young people benefit from Musical Futures every year.
Musical Futures support primary and secondary schools to transform their music teaching. It shares the learning systems, professional development, tools and support needed to embrace an ethos of innovative, inspirational and informal music learning in the classroom and in the community.
Musical Futures’ approach emphasises real-world learning, using methods that are employed by popular musicians and community practitioners outside of formal settings. It’s about an approach to learning, rather than a specific musical style genre, meaning that it is sustainable and transferable to a range of learning contexts, both within the UK and overseas.
- Channel 17: Performing arts