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GRASP 2022 has been canceled due to the Omicron Variant of COVID

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



January 11th - March 19th

Tuesdays and/or Thursdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm*

*Students have the option of attending one or two days per week.

Middle and High School students arrival time:  3:30 - 5:00.

Third through fifth grades arrival time: 3:30 - 4:30.

Dismissal: 6:15 - 6:30.


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.

Cost & Financial Aid:

Full tuition is $500.  Tuition for one day attendance (Tuesday or Thursday) is $450. Full and partial financial aid available, no one is turned away for lack of funds. Transportation stipends are available to eligible families who receive financial aid.

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 Activities at GRASP:


    • Instrument instruction: At BAGRC, we offer a curriculum that encourages creative exploration with an emphasis on process. Students 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). 


    • Band practice: Students form bands with their peers during the third week of GRASP, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a 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. 

  • 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Showcase on March 19th: 

    • Each band performs its original song for an audience of adoring friends, family and fans.

    • Time and location TBD.

 Benefits of attending the Girls Rock After School Program

  • Music increases self-confidence, cognitive ability, hand eye coordination

  • Collaboration builds communication skills, strengthens compassion, and increases problem solving abilities

  • Fun yet structured and productive after school time

  • Ten weeks to deepen instrument skills and practice with a band

  • High school students become eligible for a paid peer-mentorship position after attending two BAGRC programs

  • Acquire skills in many elements of the music industry including recording, production, touring, merchandise and performing

  • High volunteer to student ratio for personalized and attentive instruction


Why Bay Area Girls Rock Camp?

  • At BAGRC music is a tool to build community, increase self-esteem and promote equity

  • BAGRC challenges harmful gender stereotypes, fosters empowerment, encourages collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves


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

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