Jazz Girls Day DC

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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.

Because it is online, Jazz Girls Day DC is now open to anyone in the world. Students from other states are welcome to register and join us via registration on the form below!

Jazz Girls Day DC 2021 will take place as an online learning community focused around building knowledge and expertise on the history of women in jazz as well as the building blocks of music fundamentals and jazz improvisation. The program will run four weeks online from March 16th – April 23rd, with presentations, master classes, and lessons provided by Shannon Gunn.

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

Why do we need a Jazz Girls Day DC?

According to music education research, 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.

Here is an article about how women are treated within the jazz industry: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/16/female-uk-jazz-musicians-face-sexual-harassment-and-discrimination-says-report

Here is an article on Melba Liston’s experience in the jazz industry: https://indianapublicmedia.org/nightlights/proving-melba-liston-arranger-lady-trombone.php

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.

Jazz Girls Day is very thankful for the support and inclusion of the Washington Women in Jazz Festival!