We at Metro Music Makers are thrilled to bring a new workshop series all about diversifying your teaching. Kicking us off, instructor Sarah Cauthen will be discussing women in music. See her description below and we look forward to seeing you there!
Often when we teach private lessons, we are left to make choices about what repertoire to select. Sometimes it is chosen for us by lesson books or festival requirements, but we as teachers do play a significant role in selecting music for our students beyond those boundaries. We consider our own musical experience and tastes, as well as that of our student, along with the level of difficulty required for mastery when selecting pieces. Unfortunately, the majority of music regardless of genre, has been dominated by males – male composers, male singers, male guitar players… you get the picture. It was a man’s world for a long, long time. But no longer. Additionally, our personal experience and tastes are not always as equal opportunity as our current beliefs and values since female composers and musicians have not historically had the same exposure as their male counterparts.
The goal of this workshop is to convince you to purposefully incorporate music by females into your regular repertoire of teachable music in your studio. In this workshop I will present some female musicians from a large range of style periods and genres and some of their most accessible works for students. After the presentation, there will be an open discussion amongst the teachers followed by a collaboration of resources. Hope to see you there!