My daughter's first choice was going to be the drums. Ah, youth. The drums are always everyone's first choice... but unfortunately a band only needs so many drummers and more often than not they end up being male. I don't know if this is true to all schools or unique to the one that I went to, but I don't recall a single female drummer in our marching band. I don't know if it comes from the generalization that men are stronger and therefore "better equipped" to lug big drums around a field or if it was just coincidence. Either it way, it pretty much stinks and part of me would love to push her into percussion for that reason alone. I definitely think it'd be sweet to raise the next Sheila E or Gina Shock.
I'd also love to see her play something like the saxophone or trumpet. Why? Not only would they take up a lot less room than drum set, but knowing how to play a jazz instrument could be pretty damn cool, inside or outside the school band. Especially considering that when you think about women in jazz, you almost always think of singers only. There are so many female jazz musicians that often go overlooked, but totally kick ass... like Ingrid Jensen or Ingrid Laubrock (apparently women named Ingrid are especially good at jazz).
It's really too bad that the school doesn't offer lessons in guitar or sitar or djembe. That would be awesome!
I don't know what instrument my daughter will actually end up choosing. Even if it's something that feels stereotypically female, like the flute (no offense to any flutists out there) I will be happy, but I can't deny that I'd love to see her kicking butt in a male-dominated area of music. Who are some of your favorite women breaking ground in music?