Summer break is right around the corner and as a parent to a teen, I know that means we gotta find a way to keep our kids busy so they won't be bored all summer long!

If you’re a parent to a young girl that has a passion for music, then the El Paso Jazz Girls summer program might be the key to keeping your teen busy this Summer.

The local non-profit organization, El Paso Jazz Girls, is back for its 6th annual cost-free Summer program where female musicians learn to write and perform their original music.

“El Paso Jazz Girls’ mission is to empower girls in a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance,” said organization officials.

The cost-free summer program will take place from June 26th through June 30th at the Ysleta Independent School District’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

Participants range from ages 11 – 18. The summer program will teach future musicians how to play a variety of instruments, compose original music in ensembles, study theory, and improvisation skills and so much more!

The summer program will feature an all-female teaching staff made up of El Paso professional musicians including award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Amanda Ekery (Founder and Director), percussionist and music therapist Amy Smith, and many other amazing female musicians.

“This program is the reason why I believe in myself,” said 2018 summer program participant Chantal who is now a current UTEP commercial music student.

The summer program will also give young girls a chance to ask questions about various career paths and understand that a life in music is possible as a girl from El Paso!

The summer program will conclude with a free concert, El Paso Jazz Girls LIVE, for family and friends on June 30 at 6 pm which will feature participants’ original music.

Courtesy: El Paso Jazz Girls
Courtesy: El Paso Jazz Girls

6th Annual El Paso Jazz Girls Cost-Free Summer Program

  • June 26 – 29, 9 – 3pm and June 30, 9 – 12pm
  • Open to any female identifying musicians aged 11 -18
  • Ysleta Independent School District Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 8040 Yermoland, El Paso, TX 79907

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El Paso Jazz Girls LIVE

  • June 30, 6pm
  • Open to the public
  • Ysleta Independent School District Young Women’s Leadership Academy, 8040 Yermoland, El Paso, TX 79907
  • Hear El Paso Jazz Girls’ participants perform and premiere their original music

El Paso Jazz Girls Summer Program

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