Set 1: 12 Composer Posters with Online Companion
Introduce your students to 12 of the greatest female composers in history! From well-known composers to the lesser known, these posters will demonstrate to students that not all composers are men! Women have been writing music for centuries, and these posters give a broad representation of that fact.
Composers in Set 1 Include:
- Hildegard von Bingen
- Barbara Strozzi
- Fanny Mendelssohn
- Clara Schumann
- Ethel Smyth
- Amy Beach
- Florence Price
- Lili Boulanger
- Elisabeth Lutyens
- Margaret Bonds
- Julia Perry
- Delia Derbyshire
Every day in music classrooms across the country, and across the world—from elementary classrooms, to graduate music libraries—half of all students fail to see themselves represented in walls plastered with posters of “The Great Composers” which feature only male images.
These portraits of some of the master female composers featured on our site will act as a mirror for young women to see themselves in the music curriculum, to see that they too can be successful and influential musicians.
We at MTEW hope that one day these posters are featured right alongside their male counterparts in a truly representative “Great Composers Collection” so that they may inspire future generations of female musicians and composers as well as well-informed consumers of beautiful music.
An Online Companion is available with purchase that provides the following digital content for many of the composers:
- Quick Facts about the composer
- 1 Activity (word search, crossword, guided notes, quizzes, listening maps)
- 1 Assessment
- Links to suggested reading
- Links to Spotify playlists
- Printable PDFs
Each portrait was painted by hand with brush and ink by UK artist Margit van der Zwan, with blocks of color added in digitally. These artistic posters are printed on museum-grade cardstock and are 11″x17″ each.
We made a few changes to our posters to more accurately represent the featured composers.
Check out why we made the change here: www.mtew.org/composer-poster-update
|Dimensions||11 × 4 × 4 in|
This is a museum-quality poster made on thick, durable, matte paper (100 lb. Cover stock to be exact). Each poster is printed on archival, acid-free paper, with fade resistant ink.