Women, Music, Culture: An Introduction, Third Edition is the first undergraduate textbook on the history and contributions of women in a variety of musical genres and professions, ideal for students in Music and Gender Studies courses. A compelling narrative, accompanied by 112 guided listening experiences, brings the world of women in music to life. The author employs a wide array of pedagogical aides, including a running glossary and a comprehensive companion website with links to Spotify playlists and supplementary videos for each chapter. The musical work of women throughout history—including that of composers, performers, conductors, technicians, and music industry personnel—is presented using both art music and popular music examples.

New to this edition:

    • An expansion from 57 to 112 listening examples conveniently available on Spotify.
    • Additional focus on intersectionality in art and popular music.
    • A new segment on Music and #MeToo and increased coverage of protest music.
    • Additional coverage of global music.
    • Substantial updates in popular music.
    • Updated companion website materials designed to engage all learners. Visit the author's website at www.womenmusicculture.com

part Part I|70 pages

Telling Musical Stories

chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Reflections on “Deep Listening”

Exploring Music in Context

chapter Chapter 3|28 pages

Women in “World” Music

An Expanded View of Global Narratives

part Part II|92 pages

Restricted Domains

chapter Chapter 4|20 pages

Court Performers of Japan, India, and Europe

Freedom and Restriction

chapter Chapter 5|20 pages

The Baroque

Social Class and the Path to Publication

chapter Chapter 6|23 pages

Eighteenth-Century Classicism

Revisiting Vienna

chapter Chapter 7|27 pages

Romantic-Era Performer/Composers

Walking the Public/Private Line

part Part III|70 pages

Visual Images in an Aural World

chapter Chapter 8|24 pages

American Popular Music


chapter Chapter 9|20 pages

Empowered Voices in the Public Eye

Women of Gospel and Blues

chapter Chapter 10|24 pages

Visual Media and the Marketing of Performers

part Part IV|74 pages

A Time of Change

chapter Chapter 11|23 pages

Changing Gender Roles

From Nineteenth-Century Opera to the Modern Musical

chapter Chapter 12|21 pages

Segregation and Integration

Instrumental Ensembles from 1900 to the Present

chapter Chapter 13|28 pages

Large-Scale Works and Experimental Voices

part Part V|71 pages

No Longer “One of the Boys”

chapter Chapter 14|24 pages

Instrumental to Jazz

The Forgotten Role of Women

chapter Chapter 15|22 pages

Technology in the Hands of Women

Art Music, Multimedia, and Popular Music

chapter Chapter 16|23 pages

Popular Music as a Feminist Platform

Women in Charge of Production and Management