Jazz Girls Day DC

Jazz Girls Day DC empowers young girls and non-binary gender students to have the skills needed for self-confidence in the performance of jazz.

Jazz Girls Day DC is open to Middle and High School girls interested in playing or singing jazz.

  • When – Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Time – 11 am – 4 pm – Workshops; 4 pm – 5 pm concert open to the Public featuring students and faculty
  • What – Workshops, Jam Sessions, and Mentoring
  • Cost – Workshops – Free; a free-will donation will be collected at the concert
  • Where – John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 6531 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
  • Deadline to register: March 13, 2020

Instrumentalists, bring your instruments.  Drum sets, piano, and amps will be provided. There is ample free parking on site.

Heavy snacks will be provided to last everyone throughout the day. Please advise of allergies on the registration form.

For more information, please contact Shannon Gunn at 216-789-5310 or jazztothebone [at] gmail.com.

The registration form is also available from this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFCrmAkeexuFcm_i7TIXIlcFud9qkCq1uOp2yYatm0-b2IDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Schedule:

11:00 am – Meet and greet, snacks, warm ups

11:30 – An Introduction to Jazz

12:30 – Jazz Fundamentals

1:40 – Break out sessions

2:30 pm – Jam for students

3:00 pm – Leadership seminar

3:30 pm – Doors Open for Concert

4:00 pm – Free Concert open to the Public featuring Jazz Girls Day DC Faculty

Read all their bios here: http://bullettesjazz.com/bios/

Check out other happenings with the Washington Women in Jazz Festival here: http://washingtonwomeninjazz.com/

Why do we need a Jazz Girls Day?

According to music education research, jazz is a musical style that has not traditionally been encouraged for women instrumentalists (McKeage, 2004). There is a “gender gap” within the jazz art form, as evidenced by jazz bands consisting of less than 25% women, despite 50% in music programs, across schools and universities in the United States. Jazz Girls Day DC aims to ensure that gender does not get in the way of a young person’s desire to play jazz. Jazz Girls Day instills self-confidence, provides examples of other women as successful jazz performers, and gives networking opportunities to the youngest students who wish to pursue jazz. By instilling a strong foundation in leadership and performance skills, students can strive for excellence without boundaries.

Source: McKeage, K. M. Gender and Participation in High School and College Instrumental Jazz Ensembles. Journal of Research in Music Education, 52(4). Winter 2004.