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Gender "Issues" in Music Education

On the concept of sexism in instrumental and vocal music, and its implications on both the male and female gender.

Kendra Nutting

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of Gender "Issues" in Music Education

Gender "Issues" in Music Education Kendra Nutting Gender Stereotypes Gender Bias Assigning traits and characteristics to specific genders Displaying one gender as superior/inferior to another Gender Roles Social Roles Choral Music Brief history Singing is masculine in American origin. Females were encouraged to sing when a need for better church singing became necessary. Over time, females began to outnumber males in choral music. Stereotype: "Singing is for girls." Bias: making chorus more masculine not less feminine Instrumental Music Brief history Women were expected to play instruments that were "appropriate" for them.
Conforming to the gender stereotypes of the time in society. Bibliography

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Using sports analogies
Changing repertoire Impact of gender stereotypes on instrumental music Very little change in stereotypes of musical instruments in decades.
Affect children from a young age.
Strengthened and enforced through influence by parents, teachers, and role models. Sexism in Music
Education Why is this a problem? Pressure of adhering to gender lines limits a child's musical experience.
Social repercussions to those who decide to cross the gender line. Teaching is primarily a feminine profession. More than half of school's administrative positions are held by men. Boys and girls are held to different
standards in general education There has been a history of general
school subjects being gendered. Why is this a problem? Mixed choral ensembles suffer
Extra focus on boys alienates girls. Music is a male-dominated field Heavy gender bias in music literature Gender and Social
Roles Gender is a social construct Commonly misinterpreted as biological sex Gender roles in society are prescriptive Not just descriptive Gender roles can determine social roles How do we fix these
problems? Challenge the stereotypes "Gender neutrality for all instruments." How they affect "males" and "females" in the classroom
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