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Let’s change the ‘girls play flute, boys bash drums’ stereotypes

What can teachers and parents do to ensure that children select musical activities based on their real desires? © Shutterstock

In 2019, surely we are past the days in music class where boys are shunted to drums and trombone while girls are pushed toward flute and choir? Not necessarily so.

Music researchers have consistently found what musicians, music educators, parents or students may have anecdotally noticed: many people have gendered associations with particular instruments related to instruments’ pitch and timbre or their role and size. And, these gendered associations shape both people’s perceptions of the gender identity and social role of musicians and of what instruments people should choose. Full story.

Robbie MacKay (The Conversation) / August 29, 2019

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