The son of Het-Hert and Heru is Ihy, a child-god who personifies musical
joy. His conception and birth were celebrated in the "birth houses" of her
temples, where there are many beautiful hymns to her inscribed on the walls. Though the
priestesses, the hemut-Netjer in her temples, were primarily noblewomen of high
social status, and often the wives of the local priests at the temple, women from all
walks of life took part in the musical performances during her celebrations. Women in the
New Kingdom who functioned as musicians in the temples were known as shemayet.
This word would normally be followed by the name of the deity to whose worship the woman
was attached. Unlike the female Hemut-Netjer of the Old and Middle
Kingdoms, these musicians could serve both male and female deities. Under the
direction of the Weret-khener , "Great One of the Musical Troupe,"
an esteemed position held by the woman in charge, performances with the lyre, angular
harp, lute, double oboe and round tambourine were combined with singing, dancing, and the
rattling of the sistra. Hymns to Het-Hert found at Dendera and in her temple at Philae
mention the music, rhythmic dancing, and intoxication of her festivities, all of them ways
of experiencing her presence.
Picture of musicians from James Putnam's Egyptology: An Introduction
to the History, Culture, and Art of Ancient Egypt. From left to right, large
boat-shaped harp, lute, dancing girl, double oboe, and lyre.
 Robins, Gay, Women in Ancient Egypt, p. 145
[2} op.cit. p. 148