MBW003 24 Composer Poster Set


MBW003 24      Composer Poster Set

Introduce your students to 24 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 Include All Composers from Set 1 and Set 2:

  • Kassia
  • Hildegard von Bingen*
  • Maddalena Casulana
  • Barbara Strozzi*
  • Marianne von Martinez
  • Louise Farrenc
  • Fanny Mendelssohn*
  • Clara Schumann*
  • Cecile Chaminade
  • Ethel Smyth*
  • Amy Beach*
  • Florence Price*
  • Germaine Tailleferre
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger
  • Undine Smith Moore
  • Lili Boulanger*
  • Elisabeth Lutyens*
  • Margaret Bonds*
  • Julia Perry*
  • Delia Derbyshire
  • Alice Coltrane
  • Kaija Saariaho
  • Shirley Thompson
  • Judith Weir

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 optional Online Companion is available for purchase that provides the following digital content for the composers above with an asterisk (more are being added):

  • Biography
  • 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.