Women Jazz Pianist Research Project
In jazz history, most of famous jazz pianists are male; however, what about women pianists? The purpose of research project is to advocate musical significance of these musicians and promote their contributions to the jazz field around the world. From Marian McPartland, Mary Lou Williams to Toshiko Akiyoshi and Hiromi Uehara, the project will also examine these musicians' styles. By analyzing their historical background and selected transcriptions from several records, the project will help gain more people's attentions to women musicians, encouraging them to build their confidence to develop their own careers.
U.S./Taiwan Jazz Connection Partnership Program
Nowadays, jazz scene in Taiwan has become more flourishing. More and more young musicians listen to jazz and hope to become professional jazz musicians through studying abroad. However, due to classical music is the most dominant genre in music education, Taiwan is lack of resources of learning jazz. Lower income in the country forms an obstacle for prospective musicians to study abroad. Few professional Taiwanese musicians causes inability to establish a complete jazz educational system. Thus, the purpose of the program is to bridge the connection between American and Taiwanese jazz field.
The content of the program is to introduce faculty members, alumni and current students from Department of Jazz Studies at Eastman School of Music to Taiwan and teach classes for jazz majors at Donghwa University and perform at prominent venues. Likewise, recommended students from Donghwa University can go to Eastman and study jazz for a semester or a year through this program. As a result, prospective musicians from both countries will help benifit through learning from each other. Moreover, by contributing useful resources to Taiwan such as classical big band charts, published transcription collections, discographies and literature, graduate students in Taiwan will be able to conduct research in jazz and young musicians will have various approaches to learn jazz.