Girls Jazzin’ It Up

$35 REGISTRATION FEE | Non-refundable fee


GIRLS JAZZIN’ IT UP … in the summertime | 2020

July 27-August 6, 2020 | Two weeks | Ages 10-17

Monday*, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 9-10:30 am


The Tucson Jazz Music Foundation will once again sponsor a summer ‘girls only’ jazz music intensive. This year it will be held online in a ZOOM conference setting. Participants, limited to eight (8), will need to have uninterrupted access to a computer for at least 1 ½ hours, be able to print music and study materials provided by the instructor, play along with MP4s, and record themselves for the final video project.


Each student will have the opportunity to schedule a one-time, ½ hour private lesson/evaluation with the instructor as well (optional).

*First class will be 2 hours: making the connection, introductions & welcome, orientation, review of objectives and learning outcomes.

GIRLS JAZZIN’ IT UP … in the summertime

Learn how to play jazz! Guest Director Cynthia Hilts will teach all kinds of things to help you improve your jazz playing. Learn what is a ‘chord’ and how to play it. Learn how to play the blues. Hilts will explain why jazz sounds the way it does, and help you get a jazz feel in your playing. Students will get a chance to listen, learn and play. And ask questions! If there is singing interest, Hilts can even introduce students to the principles of ‘scatting’ and more.

Cynthia Hilts is a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and educator who studied at Berklee College of Music. She has four CDs of original music, and has performed in festivals and concerts internationally, in New York City, and all around Tucson.

Recommended: Ability to play your instrument at an intermediate level. View the Registration Form for more details. Required: Ability to stay focused for the duration of each session, work on assignments, and practice assigned music. To register, click on the link at the top. Because the class is limited to 8, applicants will be selected based on their ability and desire to learn and play jazz. Registration Fee: To defray some of the cost of the program and video project production, a small fee of $35 is being charged. Payment will be due upon acceptance into the program.

Final Project: Participants will record themselves on a specific song. The director will merge all instruments to create a digital clip for viewing.

Cynthia Hilts, Guest Director, 2020 Girls Jazzin’ It Up … in the summertime

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Girls Jazzin’ It Up Intensive. It was a success! Below is a photo of the group after their performance. Not everyone was able to perform, but they were there in ‘spirit.’

Heading up the 2019 GIRLS JAZZIN’ IT UP was Phoenix performing jazz saxophonist, composer, recording artist, clinician and group leader MARY PETRICH.

Mary Petrich, Director, Girls Jazzin’ It Up