In the last decade, only seven girls have made Texas All-State Jazz Band. That’s less than 2% of participants. National bands like Jazz at Lincoln Center have had zero females since its inception over 30 years ago and worldwide females continue to be underserved and underrepresented in the arts.
El Paso Jazz Girls is a program for young female musicians to learn about jazz, meet each other, play together, and create a support system. Our mission is to empower girls in a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance.
Our program is cost-free for participants! It’s important for us to ensure that El Paso Jazz Girls is free because many of our participants cannot afford costly music camps, do not own their own instruments, and should be able to receive this education regardless of their socio-economic status.
All of our teaching artists are professional female musicians from El Paso! We bring home musicians from New York, Boston, Chicago, and Austin to join our local teaching artists to share their knowledge with participants. It’s eye opening for participants to be able to ask questions, see various career opportunities, and know that a life in music is attainable as a girl from El Paso.
The skills learned from jazz music are essential in any career! Jazz music instills skills such as problem solving in real time, leadership, collaboration, communication, improvisation, creative thought, flexible mindsets, and practice habits. These are skills that serve our participants in whatever they decide to pursue.