Lesson: Gender Rolls
: To discover the wide array of stereotypes that exist to try and separate groups of artist.
: To create a collage of various artists and "labeled" groups
: The class will be paired up and each group will make a collage of a different "labeled" group.
: Labeled groups include
- Female musicians versus Male musicians in Country
- Female musicians versus Male musicians in Hip-hop
- Female musicians versus Male musicians in Rock N'Roll
- Female musicians versus Male musicians in Popular Music
- Male musicians
- Female musicians
: Then they will have to answer and create a report on their findings. Questions include...
- What do all the artists have in common?
- What makes them different?
- What do these things say/imply about gender and/or race?
- Are these stereotypes real? Are they true? Do they apply to you today?
* A variety of music will be available and played in the background.
: A class presentation of all collages
: Followed by a class discussion of the findings after every presentation and inputs of other thoughts and wonderings
You'll need to borrow some drums from the music teacher. Give them some time to explore and play with the drums. Then, transition to a game. Go outside with the drums, and inform them that the first one to reach this line, is the winner.
- Ask each student do give you an example of a simply combination on their drum that everyone will do. Pick the Caucasian artists to take 2 steps, while everyone else can take 1
- If they have brown eyes to take 2 steps. If they have blue or green eyes to take 4 steps
- Do another drum combination. Again, ask the Caucasian students to take 2 while everyone else takes 1.
- If they have blonde or red hair they can take 4 steps, while everyone else can take 2.
- Keep continuing until someone wins, and it will most likely be someone who's Caucasian,
Go back into the class and discuss the game. I noticed that so and so was getting a little frustrated during the game. Was anything else feeling this way? How come?
The game was unfair. We played to so I could help demonstrate the unfairness that can be found in the world, including in music. Based off of one's skin color alone, it would be decided if they were good enough to make music. It didn't even matter how good they were.
Sometimes one would even sound better than the other, but depending on their skin color, only one of them got the chance, and it wasn't always the one who sounded better.