In the news: stephen harper playing piano (youtube it), white house dinner with. Piano is a bridge of cultures but it"s more complex than just that. Gendering and socializing force of piano (last week"s topic): piano is a socializing force, particularly in england where it relates to education, courting at the keyboard (men showing their skill, playing together. Men rarely used to understand music as a performing art: understood science behind it as well as composition. Around 1800 we see about two strands of keyboard: women: sweet music feminine and subtle, mozart: dazzling virtuosic skill masculine. Inanimate object now being mastered (considered more manly) Around the beginning of the 19th century we see more men playing the piano www. notesolution. com: now 2 streams: men playing in public (now more accepted and also used to make money. An example is mozart. ) and women playing more at home.