Re: Numbers & Gender

Subject: Re: Numbers & Gender
From: Kevin Austin (
Date: Thu Jan 13 2005 - 08:42:29 EST

Piaget (among others) notes that there are (apparent) gender-based
differences in children somewhat independent of socialization, verbal
/ numerical / physical etc.

Interestingly, in terms of singing, my experience in looking at male
and female applicants into a small music department is that those
boys who did sing, did so mostly in a socialized context (boys or
mixed choirs), while most women who apply have aimed at being
'soloists' (singer in the band). For those who have taught 'core'
music courses (ear-training, theory), the differences in attitude
between a 'soloist' and a member of an ensemble are often notable.



At 08:34 -0500 2005/01/13, Michael Gogins wrote:
>This business about boys drumming and girls singing... that
>encapsulates much (not all) of the gender situation in EA.
>Pa rum pa pa rum...
>1. Is it sufficient for girls to be able to learn drumming if they
>want to? Even if most won't want to? I believe this is where we are
>2. If not, how can girls be taught to drum and boys to sing without
>oppressing their little minds in a different way?

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