Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 16: Important Moments for Women in Music History


As we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, Episode #16 of Busy Kids Love Music delves into the fascinating stories of trailblazing women who shattered the glass ceiling in the world of classical music. Join me in this special episode as we uncover the remarkable achievements and enduring legacies of these extraordinary women who paved the way for generations to come.

Prepare to be amazed as we explore the life of the first female composer on record. Her list of interests and talents extended far beyond the realm of music, showcasing the Renaissance spirit that propelled her to break barriers in a male-dominated world. Learn about her multifaceted contributions and the impact she made on the course of musical history.

Discover the surprising and disheartening truth about a prominent orchestra that didn’t allow female musicians to be members until as recently as 1997. We delve into the struggles women faced in gaining equal opportunities in orchestral settings and celebrate the milestones that marked progress toward inclusivity.

In this episode, we uncover the captivating story of the first female conductor. Faced with societal expectations and possibility of romantic pursuits, she made a courageous choice to decline invitations in order to pursue her passion for conducting and teaching in a convent. Explore the challenges she overcame and the lasting impact of her trailblazing career.

Busy Kids Love Music is committed to making classical music history accessible and enjoyable for young minds. Episode #16 not only celebrates the remarkable achievements of these women pioneers but also provides valuable insights into the struggles and triumphs that shaped the history of women in classical music.

Whether you’re a parent eager to share the inspiring stories of women pioneers with your child or a young listener excited to learn about the trailblazers who paved the way, Episode #16 is a must-listen. Subscribe to Busy Kids Love Music on your preferred podcast platform, and let the stories of courage, talent, and determination captivate your hearts.

Join me in celebrating the women who cracked the glass ceiling in classical music history. Happy listening!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

O virga ac diadema by Hildegard von Bingen

Sacrae cantiones: Exurgat Deus by Raphaella Aleotti

Rondo by Mozart

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 16

Enjoy the links to performances connected to our theme of Important Moments for Women in Music History until our next episode airs in two weeks.

Day 1: “Deep Moaning Blues” (Ma Rainey)

Day 2: Violin Sonata No. 21 (Mozart – performed by Nicola Benedetti)

Day 3: “Young, Gifted and Black” (Nina Simone)

Day 4: blue cathedral (Jennifer Higdon)

Day 5: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (Bernstein) — conducted by Marin Alsop

Day 6: Piano Concerto in A Minor (Clara Schumann)

Day 7: Sea Chanty (White) – harpist Edna Phillips

Day 8: The Star-Spangled Banner – performed by Marian Anderson

Day 9: Brooklyn Bounce – performed by Cindy Bradley

Day 10: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Tchaikovsky) performed by Martha Argerich

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