Date of Award
Master of Music
Nicole R. Robinson
Kevin D Richmond
Kevin M. Sanders
This study investigated the appearance of gender based music instrument stereotypes and counter-stereotypes portrayed in children's cartoons. The images that were presented were organized by instrument families (i.e., brass, woodwind and percussion) and quantified to determine the frequency in which young children were exposed to specific music instrument stereotypes and counter-stereotypes. The results found that children's cartoons portrayed both music instrument stereotypes and counter-stereotypes, with certain instruments being shown as more stereotypical than others. The flute was played by only female characters and the majority of all brass instruments were performed by male characters. However, percussion instruments which are typically categorized as a male dominated instrument was portrayed as a female preferred instrument in this study. The identification of the gendered messages transmitted by these images can contribute to a better understanding of the development of and the application of gender stereotypes that appear to occur in music instrument choice and preference.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Lamb, Qiana M., "Gender Based Music Instrument Stereotypes and Counter-stereotypes Portrayed in Children's Animated Media" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 636.