Maider: Speaking of historical facts, I did some research and found that traditionally women played the piano. Thus, they could stay home. The men were wind musicians because they went out and played with the band.
Are there musical instruments for men and others for women?
Manca: When I was little, we were 2 girls in accordion class and it was always like that, except when I came to Finland. I don’t know, maybe, they would tell them the same thing they did to me when I was little: “ but the accordion is very heavy, it’s not for a girl“… These kinds of stereotypes, which are super silly. Even my mother, for example, would say “oh, but why did you choose the accordion and not the flute?” and I would reply “I love it”.
Even now, I don’t regret my choice.
Phrases like “oh, this is not a girl’s instrument, it’s heavy… 15 kilos” are stupid, silly… So maybe it all started from there, from whom they are now the high-level teachers professionals. Our instrument isn’t that old, actually.
But for example, here in accordion class in Finland, there are quite a few women. And I hope it continues like this! In basic levels there are even a little more girls than boys, but at high levels there are 3/4 female accordionists.
I see, for example, that in festivals or ensembles (professional ensembles) there are no female accordionists. (If you’re interested in the topic of historical female accordionists, read about Louise Reisner).
Cecilia: There are many stereotypes: “Treble instruments are for women, bass are for men“. Thus, the cello is more dominated by men. The flute is for women; the guitar is somewhat more masculine, and large instruments are also much more masculine… And everything that is more physical was considered more for men. But, also everything related more with a leadership position: directing and composing.