This document outlines the philosophy and key teaching elements of Musical Futures, which is a new way of thinking about music making in schools. It supports active, contemporary music making, drawing on the existing passions young people have for music and reflecting and building upon these in the classroom. It is designed to address the paradox that exists around music and teenagers; musicis a most significant part of their cultural and leisure time pursuits, yet often remains an unpopular and insignificant role in their school life. The core of Musical Futures is about providing new skills to teachers. The aim is to create engaging and practical classroom music that fosters performances throughout the school.