Educate Yourself on How to Support the Girls in the Group. A few supporting articles are below, but there is a growing body of research on the differences of gender in education and how to best encourage a supportive environment for all.
Broaden the music you are choosing for students to play. Include women composers in your chosen pieces. Check out the Resources page here for some ideas. And check out this new resource from drummer Terri Lyne Carrington:
Articles & Research
Below are articles and a podcast interview from Dr. Jenny Neff, educator and leading advisor of Key of She Jazz. Dr. Neff talks extensively about her process with supporting middle schoolers with a dream and helping create visions to realities.
Voice To Vision: Lessons Learned from Supporting Young Women in Jazz
In education, we often strive to provide “voice to choice” for our students, but how often do we listen to our students when they find and use that voice? Over the past year, I supported a former student in using her voice while helping turn her vision into a reality.
Top 10 Strategies to Support Girls in the Middle School Jazz Band
Great advice and idea-sharing from your colleagues on everything from handling classroom challenges and collaborating with administrators to create motivational exercises
Working Musician Podcast
This educational podcast, starting around the 12:40 mark, features Dr. Jenny Neff (the Key of She Leading Advisor) and the educator's perspective of the start of Key of She Jazz. Dr. Neff provides some expertise about how to best support your female students.
Studies in Jazz & Gender
There has been a lot of research conducted in recent years about the relationship between jazz and gender. As educators, it is crucial to understand why things are the way they are, and how we can all work together to make changes within our classrooms. These are just two small articles, but there is a plethora of knowledge out there which can help us continue to move forward.