This page focused on Agency highlights the work of Musical Futures, an innovative approach to music learning, based on a pedagogy that is driven by the musical interests and culture of students. It provides practical tools for students in both elementary and secondary settings to take charge of their learning, engages and inspires all and promotes inclusion and diversity.
Agency refers to the human capability to influence one's functioning and the course of events by one's actions. Agents are not only planners and forethinkers. They are also self-regulators (and) self-examiners of their own functioning. ~ Albert Bandura
Inspired by UCL Professor Lucy Greenʼs (2005) informal approach to learning in the music classroom, Musical Futures was established in 2003 as an initiative funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to help address the lack of engagement exhibited by many UK youth in secondary school music programs. In this interview, Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures, explains how Musical Futures is a way of teaching music. It's not what you teach, but HOW you teach.