LearnToPlay: Guidance for Teachers

About LearnToPlay

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What Is LearnToPlay?

LearnToPlay is designed to introduce the ukulele to students and to enable them to develop both foundational instrumental and musical skills whilst participating in whole class music-making.  It is the perfect partner to JustPlay – which introduces the whole class band approach with students performing on a range of instruments – as it allows for skill acquisition on a single instrument at a time before moving on to other instruments.

It is used widely in primary/elementary schools with pupils from ages 7+

Secondary/high schools have also adopted LearnToPlay to help consolidate learning for students who have joined the school from primary/elementary school

Like JustPlay, LearnToPlay is also founded on the principles of informal learning and non-formal teaching, which are the cornerstone of Musical Futures pedagogy, in particular:

  • Students learn music aurally
  • The approach has been developed using music that many students will recognise, like and engage with
  • There is the potential to integrate performing, composing, listening and improvising


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