Rocking against patriarchy: Single-sex solutions for female musicians

Gregory, Georgina orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7532-7484 (2017) Rocking against patriarchy: Single-sex solutions for female musicians. Journal of Popular Music Education, 1 (2). pp. 183-197. ISSN 2397-6721

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Opinions on the merits of single sex education are divided, but it is acknowledged that this context for learning offers certain benefits for female musicians. This is particularly true for female rock guitarists and drummers, who are under-represented and rarely achieve virtuoso status. The scarcity of women musicians in rock and heavy metal is noted by various feminist scholars, but solutions to the problem of under-representation are elusive. In order to perform rock music professionally, women must develop initial musicianship skills. However, many girls and younger women report being intimidated, marginalized or excluded in rock bands, making it harder for them to gain experience. This article draws attention to two recent developments – female rock tributes and rock camps for women and girls – presenting them as offering a feminist solution for women who would like to perform metal and rock music with confidence.

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