The word ‘woman’ can be a bit intimidating, but that doesn’t have to be the case. This article will discuss the various roles of a woman in the arts. Musicians are among these women and the ways in which they make music and compose music are diverse. Despite the stereotypes associated with the role of woman in music, these artists are no less important than any other type of artist. The following are some of the jobs that a woman may have in the field of music.
Women are composers, songwriters, instrumental performers, singers and conductors
Women have long been a significant part of the music world. From the medieval period to the present, women have contributed a great deal to classical music. Yet, despite their contributions, women are often underrepresented in popular repertoire and in encyclopedias and textbooks about the history of music. Even the Concise Oxford History of Music mentions just a handful of female composers.
They are musicians
This article is written from the author’s real-life experiences touring with a band, but the author makes some broad generalizations and creates a dichotomy of “cool girl” and “other” women. The author describes a “cool girl” as a person who can hang, is down with the band, and can put up with uncomfortable jokes. This is not how women on tour behave. In reality, there are many women who would be uncomfortable in this role, and this article isn’t the place to make that distinction.
They are singers
During award ceremonies, prominent singers and new talents perform. These acts are often supported by professional background singers, who are introduced to the audience before the performance begins. Audience members are often enthused by these singers as they chat to the crowd before the performance. Many music acts include both musicians and singers, with the instrument players remaining uncredited on recordings. Female backing singers are not often credited in recordings, but are an integral part of the music production.
They are conductors
The problem for women as conductors is that few of them are women. As with other women in the arts, women face a glass ceiling. They don’t get the big jobs and rarely get the media coverage they deserve. Many women conductors lead excellent orchestras, but the majority are still not considered to be among the top performers. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why. And don’t feel bad – they’re not alone.
They are composers
The great twentieth-century composer Elizabeth Maconchy’s daughter Nicola Lefanu makes the case that women are composers. In fact, she thinks it’s self-evident that women can compose. Her mother, herself a composer, never thought of composing as something that was only males could do, or as something odd for a woman to do. Her words are full of irony, but they are also a resounding reminder that women are composers!
They are instrumental performers
There are still gender disparities in the world of classical music, and women are underrepresented in leadership positions and high-profile projects. Despite this, women are consistently undervalued as musicians, and their skills are often viewed less favorably than those of their male counterparts. Women are at a distinct disadvantage in the area of self-promotion, which men dominate. Men are far more likely to seek out jobs, be mentored by senior men, and be entrusted with the task of recruiting and developing young talent.