I feel like there's been a push in the last few years to guide young women to STEM related careers. I'm all for female scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and astronauts. However, I also think that women should be encouraged to contribute to society through the arts! I teach at a building with kindergarten through middle school students and I wanted to do what I could to encourage all the young women at my school that they are important and can make a significant contribution to the world of music! If you only teach composer profiles and music history contributions for those who are historically thought of as "the greats" of the musical world like Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart you miss some really important voices.
So, I created this bulletin board set to shine a light on some of the most influential women in the history of music. I started out with a long list of names that I had to try and winnow down (seriously, I started with a list of about 100 women that I wanted to highlight). I finally narrowed it down to 50 really incredible female composers, jazz singers, pop stars, singer-songwriters, producers, opera singers, actresses, rock stars, folk musicians, country singers, and more. I couldn't wait to print out and hang the posters at school!
I wanted to be sure to include women from all different parts of the musical world including pop stars, opera singers, rock stars, composers, producers, conductors, and more. When I feature an opera singer I talk about all the places she has sung and the contributions she has made to the opera world. At the same time, when I feature a pop or rock star I talk about all the awards she has won and more importantly her truly significant contributions to their genre. I wanted to highlight a diverse swath of the musical world and so I intentionally chose women from different continents, with varied ethnicities and social backgrounds.
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Here's the breakdown of which "diva" I displayed each week. I tried to break the set down so that I had some jazzers, opera singers, pop stars, etc. every week and spaced them all out. Use these lists as a reference if you also want to rotate through ladies and display new artists each week.
Kire Te Kanawa