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Girls Rock After School Program

The Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase.

WHO: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is open to self-identified girls and trans youth ages 8-18 (3rd-12th grade). All musical experience levels are welcome at GRASP and we provide all of the instruments.  No prior musical experience is necessary.

WHEN: January 9th - March 16th . We have two programs available.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. Students may also chose to attend only one day per week, either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm. 

Tuesdays: Students attend instrument instruction.

3:30 - 4:00 - Snack + Assembly

4:00 - 5:00 - Instrument instruction

5:00 - 6:15 - Workshop

Thursdays: Students attend band practice.

3:30 - 4:00 - Snack + Assembly, optional instrument instruction

4:00 - 5:00 - Band Practice

5:00 - 6:15 - Workshop

Sample workshops are zine-making, self-defense, percussion, intro to vocals, music herstory, guide to guitar pedals and more. There will also be performances from local artists during workshop times.

The last day of programming is followed by a showcase on Saturday, March 18th.  Each band will perform an original song. Students who attend on Tuesdays only will have the opportunity to perform a solo.

WHERE: GRASP is located at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street. Malonga is fully accessible with access to elevators. There will be some optional off-site field trips.

Full tuition for GRASP is $450.  Tuition for one day per week is $350.  We offer full and partial financial aid upon request, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. To apply, please fill out the financial aid application in addition to the student application. Transportation stipends are available to eligible families.

Student Application

Financial Aid Application

If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at (510) 267-1808 or email

For inspiration, check out past GRASP band recordings on our Music Page, and the band photos on our Photo Page

Activities at GRASP:

  • Instrument instruction: At BAGRC, we offer a curriculum that encourages creative exploration with an emphasis on process, not perfection. Girls learn to compose, arrange, and improvise music on the instrument of their choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals. No musical experience is required and we provide instruments for everyone (but students are welcome to bring their own guitars or basses). Tuesdays
  • Band practice: Students form bands with their peers on the first day of GRASP, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a female mentor (their "band manager") who provides guidance, encouragement and instrument support throughout the songwriting process. There is optional instrument instruction available, if students can arrive at 3:30. Thursdays
  • Workshops: Students attend workshops during every session of GRASP.  Workshops are geared toward increasing music skills, self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops at GRASP are catered to each age group and may include Music Herstory, Zine & Comic Making, Screenprinting, Vocal Intensive, Using Pedals to Modify Your Sound, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Breakdancing, Self-Defense, Percussion and more. Just added! Optional field trips! Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Showcase: Each band performs its original song for an audience of 500 adoring friends, family and fans.

Interested in volunteering at GRASP? Find out more on our volunteer page, or apply here.