Gender stats: ABRSM Flute Syllabus 2018/21

I spoke to a flute teacher in her 30’s today who knew the name of just 1 female composer: Cecile Chaminade. I took a deeper look into this to see what is being taught to the young people of today. Here’s what I found in the ABRSM Flute Syllabus.

Grade 1: 3/30 pieces – 10% by female composers.

Grade 2: 2/30 pieces – 6.6% by female composers.

Grade 3: 4/30 pieces – 13.3% by female composers.

Grade 4: 2/30 pieces – 6.6% by female composers.

Grade 5: 4/30 pieces – 13.3% by female composers.

Grade 6: 0/30 pieces – 0% by female composers.

Grade 7: 1/30 pieces – 3.3% by female composers.

Grade 8: 2/30 pieces – 6.6% by female composers.

Total: 18/240 pieces – 7.5% of total pieces by female composers.

This is the message we are sending young people of today.

You can view the syllabus here.