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. 
 
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To contribute as a guest writer please email Maria@music-workshop.co.uk 

Posts from May 2019

The Sound of the Next Generation is a new research report by Youth Music and Ipsos MORI. It gives insights into the wide range of ways in which young people engage with and value music and music making. But does it offer any new answers? MWC’s Maria Thomas finds out more… 
 
Youth Music’s research was carried out in 2018 by means of online surveys. 1,001 young people aged between 7 and 17 from across England participated. The results were analysed by industry leaders, psychologists and academics in order to evaluate the findings in the wider context of music in society. 
June 11 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Helen Tobias-Duesberg. 
 
Tobias-Duesberg produced a large and varied body of work. She was respected by her contemporaries and her work was regularly performed, yet few recordings exist and her name is not familiar. 
 
It would be easy to draw the obvious conclusion that this is because of her gender. The contribution of so many talented and successful women in the Arts has been marginalised. However the promotion of female composers ‘for the sake of it’ seems unhelpful in redressing the balance. It could also be argued that her origins in the former Soviet Union might play a part, though she spent most of her working life in the US. With those considerations in mind, the reason for this blog is that June 2019 marks the centenary of the birth of an interesting composer. 

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