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Joy Ellis


The Impact of Gender on Self-Confidence in Relation to Young People’s Attitudes and Approaches to Instrumental Jazz Improvisation

This research aims to identify the causal barriers affecting young women’s participation in jazz and improvisation. It will garner a deeper understanding of the differences in levels of confidence between genders when approaching instrumental jazz improvisation. The investigation will examine young improviser’s perceptions of their own performance when improvising versus the quality of their actual performance. It will explore how this impacts student’s pursuit of further study and subsequent career choices within the field of jazz and improvisation. It will ask how much of this is related to unintentionally gendered traditional teaching methodology and other cultural and societal factors.








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