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Nicholas Busch Dr. K. Veblen Music 1800 12/11/2015 Abeles, H. (2009). Are musical instrument gender associations changing? Journal of Research in Music Education, 57(2), 127-139. doi:10.1177/0022429409335878 I’ve always noticed the gender stereotypes in a concert band, as they were very prominent in my high school, and as a male percussion player I can’t say I was making much of a stand against it. That being said, I do not support the stereo types present in instrument choice, I just happened to conform to them. Abeles uses a quote stating that “both boys and girls tended to restrict themselves or find themselves restricted to certain musical activities for fear of intruding into the other sex’s territory,” which is at least partly true. While some students simply enjoy the instrument stereotyped to their gender the most, many students limit themselves based on peer and social pressure. I found it shocking and frustrating that even with the rise of feminism many gender stereotypes remained stable or increased. Although musical instrument stereotypes changed
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