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Applying for Music Teaching, An Advertisement

General Requirements:
1. Love being in the presence of children
2. Disciplined
3. Qualified and experienced in teaching music
4. Specifically for Piano: only women may apply

Above are REAL requirements if you want to apply a music teacher position in certain music school in Jabotabek not so long ago which I found in a mailing list. Do you find anything funny or interesting?

I have nothing to say particularly for requirement number 1 to 3. But number four? Why are they applying a gender status here? Are men worse than women when it comes to playing and teaching piano? Or men are just horrible in front of a piano?

There are 4 kinds of instruments in this teacher-seeking advertisement. But still the question is, why men is so special in point number four? Is it because of the instrument, piano? Or do men and piano mix well together? Or is it just MEN?

I’m not making this up. Well, any thoughts?



About mikebm (1339 Articles)
An arts journalist, a conductor, an educator, a young arts manager whose passion drove him to leave a multinational IT cooperation to study Arts Administration and Cultural Policy in London and went back to Indonesia to build the scene there.

5 Comments on Applying for Music Teaching, An Advertisement

  1. Weks. Itu no.4 pembedaan gender banget. Mungkin lebih menarik kalau perempuan yang mengajar kali yah?

    Yang dicari mungkin sifat keibuan. Kalau pria kan secara umum, dianggap kurang bisa memahami sifat & keinginan anak-anak.

    Just my 2 cents. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. mungkin sih…

    tapi itu kan bisa jadi pertimbangan internal aja, gak usah diumbar2 hahaha…

  3. sama aja kale….lo baca aja lowongan it kemana2 banyakan yang nyantumin gender (dlm kasus ini pria)

  4. Maybe because there are a lot of sex-assault stories that involves older men and children. Piano lessons could be very intimate, maybe there have been cases. Hey, it’s just a thought. ;p

  5. @ viku41…
    gw cuman mikir, pekerjaan guru kan mustinya tidak perlu pake gender… sama seperti seharusnya pekerjaan lainnya. masalahnya ini kan pendidikan… sama seperti bilang guru fisika harus cowo, atau sejenisnya

    well maybe… but the most important thing is to select the best suitable teacher toh… if that happened, it meant the teacher recruiting system was questionable… bukan gendernya…

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