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”

Experimenting with Rhythms Using the Spoons – with Percussionist Jo May 
 
Jo May loves to play percussion. And she loves to teach it too. As a professional percussionist, she has learned to perform on a huge range of orchestral instruments. Here she teaches some creative techniques for music-making using a humble pair of spoons. 
 
Jo recorded a series of 5 mini videos for Music Workshop Company all about playing the spoons. If you missed the first two, check out her introduction to the spoons, and the first “proper” lesson. Now it’s time to learn how to play using some more complicated rhythms and techniques. 
 
Let’s get creative! 
 
Image by Monika Grabkow, Unsplash 
In an extremely troubling move that will further sideline arts education in England, the Government has confirmed that it will be cutting the teaching grant (T-grant) for Higher Education arts by a devastating 50% this coming academic year.  
 
This is despite the results of the Government’s own consultation in which 95% respondents strongly disagreed with the cut, strong opposition across the creative industries and education, and a petition from the Public Campaign for the Arts which has generated more than 166,000 signatures. 
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. 
Why Children Need Arts Subjects More than Ever, and Why Teachers Need Support to Provide Them. 
 
As children get back into the swing of school after successive UK lockdowns, one of the main concerns is that they should ‘catch up’ with their education. After a year with little connection with peers, and little structured learning, some of the most vulnerable children have suffered the most. At the same time, areas of the curriculum normally aimed at supporting those children have been hugely depleted. 
There are some great new resources available online to support teachers and parents with learning both in the classroom and at home. 
 
These are some of the MWC team's top tips for free resources. 
 
Do share your top tips for online resources with us on Twitter - @musicworkshopco 
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