Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Women Musicians

MUS- Z 204 / 3 Cr.

This course is Women Musicians Z204, and it will explore the various ways women have brought music to a professional level via composing and/or performing. Until the twentieth century, gender roles differed in the way they were recognized as a vital role in music history. In this time of study, we will focus on unique and talented women musicians, all who have made an historical mark in the field of music. 

Required Text: Dunbar, Julie. C. Women, Music, Culture: An Introduction. Second Edition. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. New York, 2016. Required Website:

The goal for this course is to provide students with knowledge of musical and cultural traditions, and an evaluative and critical ear. By the end of the course, the student should have developed a thorough understanding of a broad range of historical and musical literature and its cultural traditions. 

• To hear, identify, and work with musical elements which include rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre and texture

• To become acquainted with songs from varied cultures and from different genres, which would include opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, and popular music

• To listen and evaluate others in performance

• To develop and defend musical judgements

• To learn about and discuss how different cultures affect music performance and composition. .

Specific Objectives:

• to listen and critique the elements of music through musical examples by women composers and performers.

• to discuss material using musical concepts and terms introduced in the book

• to show proficient knowledge of the book from the listening examples, chapter readings, and additional resources via discussions, quizzes, tests, concert reports, and essays.