Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Jazz--Study and teaching (Secondary); Girls--Education;
The purpose of this study is to examine the reasons that girls do not pursue advanced jazz education and to suggest teaching strategies that could encourage greater female participation. I have observed that the number of female students is approximately equal to that of the male students in concert band, and in a concert band setting these girls do seem to advance more quickly than boys. Through literature review and interviews with music educators and female jazz musicians, this study will examine whether some of the teaching techniques that allow girls to succeed in concert band could be adapted to facilitate success in the jazz band setting. In particular, the following questions will be addressed: 1. Do girls learn jazz improvisation differently than boys? 2. If so, should music educators utilize teaching strategies to accommodate these differences?
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
John E. Henning
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©2009 Valerie A. Shanley
Shanley, Valerie A., "Jazz and gender : teaching improvisation to girls" (2009). Graduate Research Papers. 1507.