Real men don’t sing
The problem of males' non-participation in certain musical activities has been the subject of research for many years. This paper revisits some of the issues in relation to this phenomenon. Historical and contemporary perspectives in stereotyping are investigated to determine the extent of the problem. Empirical and sociological studies are re-examined in the light of more recent thought on the subject, particularly with regard to the possible causes of non-participation in singing. The paper concludes with some perspectives arising from recent case studies.