The Music Workshop Company Blog 

Each month the Music Workshop Company publishes two blogs. One blog, written by the MWC team addresses a key issue in Music Education or gives information about a particular genre or period of music. The other blog is written by a guest writer, highlighting good practice or key events in Music Education. We hope you enjoy reading the blogs. 
 
To contribute as a guest writer please email Maria@music-workshop.co.uk 
Current events in America have shocked and angered the world. The distressing murder of George Floyd and the subsequent riots have dragged us from the torpor of lockdown and made us think about what we can do on a wider scale.  
 
Along with many music and education organisations, we at MWC are taking this as a wake up call to educate ourselves about race issues and improve diversity in our organisation. 
If you’re looking for some fresh ideas to engage your children with music as lockdown continues, there are hundreds of wonderful free and paid resources online.  
 
This month, we thought it would be fun to share some ideas from our own Early Years Resources. 
 
These games are aimed at young children, and are for parents who may be struggling to keep their toddlers busy.  
They can also be used with primary-age children, and even played with the whole family.  
 
We hope you enjoy them! 
This month’s guest blog is from a new initiative called EMERGE(NCY) PARTY which launches at the beginning of May.  
 
The initiative is aimed at asking young people how the world could change for the better after the Covid-19 crisis.  
 
It gives young people a voice in the crisis, to protest, to share and to celebrate – an opportunity to imagine and explore a better future through art. 
Music is a great leveller. It expresses emotion and helps us to connect.  
 
According to psychologists, we listen to music in order to regulate our mood, to achieve self-awareness, and as an expression of social relatedness. 
 
These are challenging times.  
 
Concert halls have fallen silent and we are all under pressure as work and home life is disrupted.  
 
For this reason, we decided to share some happy music with you! 
At a time when more families are engaged in home learning, the MWC team wanted to share online resources that might be useful over the coming months. 
 
World Poetry Day falls on March 21st 2020. The annual celebration, which was adopted by UNESCO in 1999, is an opportunity to revive oral traditions, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, and foster the convergence between poetry and other arts, including music. Poetry can act as a uniting force, expressing common human experiences – a vital force for connection in difficult times – and so UNESCO extends the invitation to everyone to take part. 
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