Women in the music industry
In early music history, female musicians, arrangers and composers were very scarce. But in early music history, women have varied greatly from ancient to modern times. Historically, in several societies, women have always had a pivotal part in musical entertainment. The contemporary role of women in the music industry is very significant, given that the often male dominated culture of most societies.
Most women working in the music industry are also not subject to the same gender bias as their male counterparts. They are treated no differently during recruitment to fill available positions. Sexual harassment or abuse of women working in the industry is very rare.
One problem that does exist within the music industry is that many female artists feel they are not adequately compensated compared to their male counterparts. Discussions on equal pay for women in the music industry continue to go on. Many believe it is due to the gender bias in law. Others argue that because female artists tend to be prolific and spend more time recording and touring, they get paid less than male counterparts. Some companies, such as RCA Records, have taken initiatives to remedy this wage gap through attempts to include more representation of women on their record labels.
Another area that can lead to a lack of pay for women in the music industry is that many female artists lack the bargaining power with record labels to negotiate a reasonable salary. This often leaves women songwriters and arrangers wondering if their creative efforts will be rewarded with any pay at all. It must be noted that the lack of bargaining power among female artists in the music industry is a very persistent issue. One major reason is that female artists often do not see themselves as “selling out” by submitting their music to a record label. Many do not feel that they are submitting work for cash, but rather, are submitting their talents and art.
There are some proactive steps being taken by major companies that are designed to help promote women in the music industry. For example, RCA Records has formed a commission to promote female talent. The company has begun hiring women songwriters and arrangers, who are underrepresented in the music industry. Another innovative effort is that several major record labels are now commissioning female producers and songwriters under the Creative Women group. These women are not solely hired for production duties, but also for managerial tasks.
Although gender issues have come into play in regards to compensation, there are still many challenges that face female musicians in the music industry. Female musicians need to be aware of and combat several dynamics that affect women in the industry such as sexual harassment and bias. In order to eliminate any possibility of bias or sexual harassment, female producers and songwriters need to develop a sense of awareness about and commitment to combating bias as well as sexual harassment. They must also create policies that address issues of sexual harassment and discrimination on their record label. Finally, women in the music industry must have the support of the major record labels to survive. As Dr. Smith has written “The time has come for change, and change we must.”
Women in classical music
Women in classical music is a comparatively new subject. Most scholars and critics have contributed little to the understanding of women in this early period. Most women were not included in classical education programs in pre-classical times. They had to learn the skills needed for survival by being self-sufficient or associating with male peers. Even then the concept of womanhood was highly debated.
By the 12th century there are many female composers in Greek classical music. The first women to compose symphonies are the female members of the Lyricalarum faction who were active during the second half of the first millennium B.C. This group consisted mainly of unmarried women. The Lyricalarum women composed very few symphonies, but their efforts did not go unnoticed. They were often hired by courtly affairs to create music for them. It is possible that they were paid only minimally, since they did not compete with male peers.
During the industrial revolution in the first half of the 20th century, a number of classical composers were able to secure regular employment as performers in opera houses in New York City, San Francisco, and London. By the end of the first half of the 20th century there are thousands of women composers in the United States and Canada. Of these many composers, only a few have achieved worldwide popularity. Women in opera have largely remained a relatively small group throughout the past two hundred years.
The largest number of women composers came from the classical music countries of the United States, Canada, Russia, and Japan. The three countries each has a dominant conductor during their history of artistic collaboration. The most famous female conductors in the US are Vivienne Westwood, Anna Deavere Smith, and Elleniami.
Throughout the 20th century, a number of musical groups tried to organize women’s choirs. The first group to do so was the Women of Rock and Roll, which did not last long. Other groups that failed in their attempt to organize women choirs included the Alla Familia, which lasted for a brief period, themble des librettes, and the Elite Organization. The last group, the Alla Turciano, broke away from the classical music community in the early 1960’s.
Most contemporary women composers belong to the genres related to classical music. They are involved in various types of contemporary music such as jazz, pop, ballet, flamenco, and new forms of contemporary music such as drone and ambient sound. Many of the women composers who emerged during the last century and beyond, such as Ann Verhey, have created very unique and interesting musical styles. Others, such as Joanna Newsom, tackled issues in gender and power, while others, such as Marina Sechi and Elena Granoff, broke with the traditional concept of feminine beauty.
Women in rock music
Women in rock music is one of the most common topics spoken about in the music industry. This is because women in rock have, for decades now, been playing an active and vital role as songwriters, guitarists, vocalists, and producers. Rock musicians have historically had an easier time finding stardom compared to other genres such as country and folk music. This is because unlike country music which usually involves songs with repetitive yet melodic lyrics, rock songs usually feature simple and rhythmic instruments that make up for a more laid-back feel to their lyrics and tunes. The great thing about rock music is that the structure of the songs relies on a solid beat that never goes flat unlike other music. Women in rock music are thus given the opportunity to showcase their talent and capabilities that lay dormant within them.
One of the pioneers in this field is Anneke van der Lehe, who in her early years as a student and concert pianist made a name for herself by developing and producing a number of musical compositions all written in a rock format. The songs she composed mainly featured her own voice though but some were also sung by prominent Belgian artists of the time such as Paul Vandersloot and Hubert Van Meij. In her later years, Anneke became an established keyboardist and singer with albums that achieved moderate success in the Netherlands and France among other places. However, her greatest achievements were when she was asked to produce an album by the influential British band Cream, which she did and which is still considered a classic today. Her work, alongside that of Van Der Lehe, paved the way for female instrumentalists in rock music to get recognized.
Another great artist who came up during the era of women in rock music is Cindy Sherman. She is best known for her work with bands such as Motley Crew, whom she helped to create and record with from the mid ’70s to the early ’80s. She is also credited with helping create the sound of the British pop group Bauhaus. It was her association with this popular genre that started many women in rock music to create their own styles and sound. She went on to score a solo career in the movie “psycho” opposite Michael Douglas.
There was another important female musician who was a notable member of the British rock scene and that was Queen Victoria. Victoria was a vocalist and songwriter who also happened to be a well-known actress. Though she never made it to the top of the country music charts with her band, she was able to influence young women through her acting skills which is often cited as being the reason why women are so involved in this genre of music. Queen Victoria, along with the other members of the group, influenced women in rock to feel like they could reach the top of the charts if they were only willing to put in a little bit of hard work and study.
Some female musicians have gone on to form a sub-genre called “vrpop”. Women in rock music who have gone on to fame and fortune include Andrea Bocelli, Amy Lee, Meg White, Lisa Flowers, Katelin, Amy Winehouse, Queen Victoria, and Patti LaBelle. Women in rock music can be compared to jazz musicians in that they have both been instrumental in and contributed to the evolution of the genre. Jazz has had a long history of being dominated by men, but as more women started to be included in its musical circles, the genre changed.
Many women in rock have gone on to have successful careers outside of their rock genre. Pop artist Taylor Swift is an example of this. Swift has achieved crossover success with her songs, not only with her own songs, but also with other artists in the genre. Other women in rock have gone on to star in movies and TV shows. Actors including Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway have been able to establish themselves in the public eye through their roles in movies and TV shows.
Women in electronic music
Not many female producers really exist. In fact, just 7% of all users of Ableton Live (an extremely popular software for making electronic music) are women. The real number of women making electronic music seems to be really low.
However, some female electronic musicians do exist. These women include: Emmerson, the founder of Ambush records, who has also created and supplied keyboards and samples for many other artists; Cat Cook, an artist and DJ who has made a name for herself as a DJ; andwoman called Boz Scaggs who has made a name for herself as a composer. Boz has even recorded an album called “Boom and Tonk” that is her first album as a musician that was not made as part of a DJ set. These women prove that there are life-long career opportunities for talented female producers out there. They also prove that the media discourse around them is biased.
As we see these female composers we must also remember that the first female DJs did not receive any credit for their accomplishments. And now that digital technology has made this possible female DJ’s can promote themselves and their bands as well. The industry has allowed these talented women the ability to enter into a new field which they never dreamed of. One of the great things about these early female pioneers is that they have given us a voice, which can be heard today. Female vocals and musical talent has never been so available to the world at large.
Now let us look at the more recent past. As electronic music technology continues to change it will become increasingly difficult to classify an artist based on gender. This is especially true in the case of DJ’s. Even though the DJ industry is becoming more open to women the stereotype still exists that only guys dig deep into the decks to provide the needed stimulus.
Thankfully this situation may soon change as more female producers are drawn to the world of electronic music. Some of these female producers are taking the opposite approach to the stereotype and producing underground hip hop and jazz. They are giving the world another perspective on what it is to be a woman in electronic music. These women are giving the world another chance to appreciate the human experience. In other words they are making it clear that the discrimination against women in the music industry is simply a outdated perception.
If you want to see a major change in the gender gap in electronic music it has to start from within. It cannot be solved by pointing fingers and singling out one group or another. This won’t bring about any progress in gender relations. A major change in attitude from the people who make and enjoy electronic music has to begin from the top.
How to relax with music?
Relaxation is important. When we are stressed and tense our bodies begin to make adjustments. Those adjustments include increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and the release of various hormones. Relaxing music can be an important aid in relaxing our bodies and minds as well.
It has been suggested that listening to music can help promote relaxation. This is not 100% proven but is a definite possibility. In addition, some of our favorite hobbies can also be good stress reducers. So, if you are into karaoke, listening to your favorite gospel or ballad while watching television or while working at your computer might just be the ticket to relaxation.
The key to how to relax with music is to learn the techniques necessary to relax your body and mind. There are many effective ways to relax your body and mind. However, it is important to know which ones will work best for you. It is also important to use the relaxation techniques that you learn along with music.
If you like meditation then a good way to relax is to listen to calm music. Meditation CDs or tapes are available at most Christian stores and are inexpensive. You will learn relaxing techniques such as relaxation exercises, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation by listening to music that has been designed for meditation. Popular music for meditation includes classical music such as Handel’s “Water Music” or Bach’s “arium.” Other popular choices include New Age or nature music.
Some people don’t have a preference for music and can relax with music from anywhere. For them it is important to find relaxing music that involves sounds that are familiar to them. One effective way to relax with music is to listen to instrumental pieces. Music that has been recorded with instruments other than the vocals can be very soothing. Music from nature, or classical music can also help you to relax.
When learning how to relax with music, remember to research your subject matter carefully and select the pieces that you find most relaxing. Relaxation should be an enjoyable experience so don’t force anything when trying to relax. Remember to take breaks regularly and be patient with yourself. Over time you will become more experienced at relaxing and be able to relax on command.
You may think that listening to relaxation music is an easy task but it is not as simple as it seems. If you know nothing about the piece of music you are listening too, you could easily become bored. Choose soothing music that inspires you. Listen to the piece of music alone or play it while massaging your body, sitting or laying down and doing some other activity. A simple, calm and rhythmic background noise such as birdsong, tapping of wood or heartbeat can also help you relax with music.
Relaxation is achieved by a combination of deep breathing exercises, controlled muscle tension, and conscious relaxation. Music is a great way to induce these different relaxation methods because music enables you to feel your body relax without your conscious effort. So if you want to learn how to relax with music, take some time and make relaxation a regular part of your life.