The Observation of Gender Stereotyping in Music Instruments in 2021, and the Process of Musical Instrument Selections of Children


In 2021, a research team in the music and music education department at Teachers College at Columbia University conducted an explanatory sequential research consists of both the quantitative and the qualitative method to contemplate the current status of the gender association in music in the instruments selections and the correlation in regard to the influence of a parent. This report sought to answer the following questions: 1. Has there been less or more sex-stereotyping of musical instruments and crossed-over students who chose atypical instruments with regard to their genders over ten years? 2. Are there any influences from a parent in the process of a child’s musical instrument selection? 3. What similarities and differences are observed from the parents of those children? The results of this study led to answer the three research questions.This study described that there was less gender-stereotyping in musical instruments across ten years, while the number of cross-over students increased through quantitative research. Furthermore, it demonstrated that the process of a child’s selecting musical instrument from their parent’s perspectives. Besides the portraits of parents provided three themes.

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Sori Kim, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States

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Conference: ECE2021
Stream: Educational Research

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