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GENDER ASSOCIATION OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: AN INVESTIGATION OF THE GRADE STUDENTS HAVE DEVELOPED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT GENDER ASSOCIATIONS - Angelique M. Knecht Public

It is possible that a young boy likes the sound of the flute, is excited at the possibility of learning to play it, but will not choose the instrument because the flute is gender-stereotyped as feminine. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the young girl who is excited by the prospect of playing drums of will not choose the instrument because drums are gender-stereotyped as masculine. Research has shown musical instruments are gender-stereotyped as masculine or feminine and those stereotypes can influence a students’ choice of instrument to study (Boulton & O’Neill, 1996). Instrument selection can directly affect longevity of participation; therefore it is worthy to look at how gender stereotyping may influence initial instrument selection.