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Some musicians believe certain instruments, such as the trumpet, are more ‘masculine’. Alenavlad/shutrerstock

Why is there so little space for women in jazz music?

Women are disturbingly under-represented in Australian jazz, with relatively few female composers and instrumentalists. What's holding them back? And what can be done about it?
Jazz in the classroom not only teaches children to play instruments; they may also learn a range of essential life skills. Reuters/Carlos Jasso

From the club to the classroom: all that jazz is good for the kids

Many middle-class parents buy classical CDs because it is supposed to make their kids clever. But a jazz-loving academic has started using her favourite genre in early childhood learning.
Orchestra of nature: artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has converted pieces of trees into music. Eric C Bryan

Forest sonata: listening to the music of the trees

What is the music of trees? German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck spun slices of logs on turntables that translate their textures and annual rings into music. Traubeck calls the result Years, and I played…

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