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Monika Herzig as a guest at AEC Pop and Jazz Platform meeting 2023


Univ.Profin Dr. Monika Herzig presented at the "AEC Pop and Jazz Platform meeting 2023" research results of the anthology Jazz and Gender (Routledge, 2022), which she recently edited and which gathers interdisciplinary contributions on social and cultural perspectives on gender in the art form jazz. Herzig's presentation focused on the importance of female role models in jazz. In doing so, she also took a critical look at the current still marginal presence of female jazz instrumentalists as educators at universities. Accordingly, a break with stereotyping and new pedagogical approaches are needed to sustainably remove existing obstacles for female instrumentalists in jazz. Criticism is also levelled at the still common practice of tokenism, which only superficially conceals the power relations that prevail in the jazz scene as well.

Following the presentation of the research results, the specific problems and cultural characteristics of their countries were discussed with the participants, and possibilities for action and scope for action in pedagogical practice were opened up.

The "AEC Pop and Jazz Platform meeting" organized by the "Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen" (AEC) took place this year from February 16-18 at the St. Louis College of Music in Rome. Under the motto "What does it mean to make it? Opening gateways to working life, international connections and artistry", the meeting focused on ways in which curricula in the artistic education of universities can meet today's requirements for artists' careers.

For more information on the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen and the Pop and jazz Platform meeting, see:

Univ.Profin Dr. Monika Herzig is professor for artistic research at the JAM MUSIC LAB Private University. In addition to her international concert activities, the jazz pianist and musicologist is co-editor of Jazz and Gender (Routledge, 2022) and author of numerous publications, including David Baker - A Legacy in Music (IU Press), Experiencing Chick Corea: A Listener's Companion (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). She is also chair of the Jazz Education Network Research Committee and editor of JAZZ (Jazz Education in Research and Practice, IU Press).


JAM MUSIC LAB Private University has taken on a pioneering role with the goal of sustainably promoting gender equality in the fields of jazz and pop. The foundation of the "Institute for Gender Diversity & Activism in Jazz & Popular Music" at JMLU is currently being planned, which will bundle the work of international experts and expand research activities. The aim is not only to improve the visibility of women and non-binary people in the jazz scene, but also to find new and innovative ways to further develop the genre and promote gender equality in the music industry.

Authored on February 21st, 2023