Bridgewater College recently highlighted the work of director of instrumental music Christine Carrillo, including her research on gender role identity in music and how that determines which instruments student choose.
“Being a female trumpet player, I’ve always
been aware of these stereotypes,” Carrillo said. “I clearly remember my
mother’s reaction when I told her that I had chosen the trumpet. She said
‘Isn’t that a boy’s instrument?’ When I give lectures to teachers, I talk about
how we can we alleviate that perception. How can we introduce these instruments
to students in a way that isn’t going to make them hesitant to choose a
In addition to her research work, Carrillo
has helped grow the instrumental music program at Bridgewater,
which had dwindled before she joined the faculty in 2011. She
worked with local high-school band directors in her first years at Bridgewater,
helping her recruit talented, passionate students.
really enjoy being able to work with music on a high level,” she said. “I
have students who want to be here and who want to make a career out of
something I’m passionate about.”