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 
The 1st of July is Canada Day! Canada Day marks the anniversary of Canadian confederation in 1867 when the North American provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada joined together. 
 
To celebrate this year’s Canada Day, we are sharing our favourite Canadian musicians and showcasing some incredible newcomers in this 2-part blog (part 2 coming soon!). 
On 28th May 2021, Arts Council England, in partnership with the National Governors Association (NGA) and Music Mark, published an updated guide to music education for School Governors. 
 
Having School Governors who are supportive of Arts Education is vital for maintaining access to and high standards for Cultural Education in schools. 
 
Here is our overview of the report and our top tips on embedding and showcasing music in your school. 
On Saturday 24th April 2021, educators, artists and others passionate about arts education, met online to share good practice, pick up top tips and celebrate creativity and the arts. 
 
Dr. Emma Kell and the Aspire team put together a vibrant programme of speakers and writer to create and share content across the day. The event was brilliantly captured by graphic recorder, Rebecca Osborne. This material is currently still available, and we wanted to share some of the great work of the contributors. 
World Creativity and Innovation Day – A Chance to Support Creative Industries and Recognise Their Value in the Global Economy 
 
After a year of turmoil for music and music teaching, World Creativity and Innovation Day on April 21 offered a chance to celebrate the creative economy. And this year, despite the ongoing problems for live music, art, theatre and other creative industries, the day also marked the start of the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, 2021. 
 
Image: Dragos Gontariu, Unsplash 
On March 1-4, 2021, the Imagine If Festival celebrated the life and legacy of Sir Kenneth Robinson who passed away in August 2020. 
 
Sir Ken was a hugely influential author, speaker and advisor on education. He led national and international projects on creative and cultural education. His 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” has been viewed over 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million people in 160 countries. He was knighted in 2003 for services to the arts. 
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