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 

Posts tagged “MUSIC EDUCATION”

Exploring the National Arts, Creative and Cultural Education survey, July 2020. 
 
The Bridge England Network spent the summer months surveying UK schools. Their aim; to gather information about the needs and creative aspirations of children in the UK from autumn 2020. 
 
The resultant report showcases the importance of creative activities in learning. The value of the Arts for mental health is also highlighted. A large amount of data was collected around home learning during lockdown, and this shows the resilience of schools in devising creative learning activities despite, unprecedented obstacles. So how have schools managed to keep teaching, and where does creative learning and the Arts fit in to this ‘new normal’? 
September 2020 marks the 75th birthday of composer John Rutter, CBE. Famous for his choral music, Rutter was described by one interviewer in Country Life magazine as  
 
“probably the most oft-performed living composer,”  
 
and by the New York Times as  
 
“The Composer Who Owns Christmas.”  
 
His extensive output includes Christmas carols, anthems and extended works such as the Gloria, the Requiem and the Magnificat. 
The first piano was made some time during the late 1600s or early 1700s by the Italian musical instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori.  
 
These early instruments were called clavicembalo col piano e forte, which translates as harpsichord with soft and loud.  
 
This description is how the piano got its full name; the pianoforte. 
The Music Workshop chats to Matt Parry, creator of The Opus Pocus on how to get kids to discover the magic of classical music.  
 
What is out there to help kids discover classical music? Especially at the moment with dedicated performances, workshops and group lessons so frustratingly put on hold? 
 
Of course you can just play this music to children, but getting them to listen to an entire symphony, for example, can be a bit tricky given its length and complexity.  
In this unusual time, during which every one of us is facing a new set of personal challenges, people are finding many ways to cope and to thrive.  
 
This week, the Arts in the UK received an unprecedented package of Government support, underlining the importance of music in our lives.  
 
As if we didn’t already know it, scientists say that music is helping carry us through the crisis. 
The ongoing lockdown has pushed many music teachers to move their teaching online.  
 
But for one pioneering violin teaching business, online teaching is nothing new. 
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