The deep dive into specialised music study can be fraught with danger. Burn-out, impostor syndrome, and performance anxiety are among some of the many battles faced as we navigate a relationship with something so intrinsically linked to our identities. But for women, these battles are amplified tenfold by a systemic structure designed to benefit men.

Sax Extravaganza
Jazmin Ealden and fellow saxophonists performing at WAAPA’s Sax Extravaganza. Photo © Stephen Heath Photography

A lack of gender diversity in classical music is, unfortunately, not a new phenomenon. Bred from the idea that men are bigger, stronger and more powerful, comes a damaging belief that men are inherently better players. In the classroom, we hear that flutes and violins are for...