Databases Useful for Performers, Teachers, Students… Everyone!
Rob Deemer’s Composer Diversity Database is a powerful, fully-searchable database that will allow you to find music for any type of ensemble by women and composers of color.
And, for use the classroom, try Music Theory Examples by Women, which includes examples useful for teaching virtually any principle in the standard music theory curriculum.
Select General Bibliography, Still Under Construction
The literature is much too vast for us to cite here in its entirety, and we will continue to build on this list. These are some scholarly and reference works that have been especially useful to us.
Bowers, Jane and Judith Tick. Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.
Cusick, Suzanne. “Gender and the Cultural Work of a Classical Music Performance,” Repercussions 3, no. 1 (spring, 1994): 77–110.
Hayes, Eileen M. and Linda F. Williams. Black Women and Music: More than the Blues. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2007.
Hixon, Donald L. Women in Music: An Encyclopedic Biobibliography. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1993.
Koskoff, Ellen. Women in Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
Macleod, Beth Abelson. Women Performing Music: The Emergence of American Women as Classical Instrumentalists and Conductors. London: McFarland, 2001.
Klinck, Anne L. and Ann Marie Rasmussen, ed. Medieval Woman’s Song: Cross Cultural Approaches. Philadelphia: Univeristy of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
LaMay, Thomasin, ed. Musical Voices of Early Modern Women. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.
Pendle, Karin, ed. Women and Music: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Routledge, 2005.
______. Women & Music: A History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.
Solie, Ruth A., ed. Musicology and Difference: Gender and Sexuality in Music Scholarship. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
______. “Whose Life? The Gendered Self in Schumann’s Frauenliebe Songs.” in Music and Text: Critical Inquiries, ed. Steven P. Scher (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 219–40.