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Girls Rock After School Program

The Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for youth 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.

GRASP will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm* from January 8th  to March 15th.

The showcase for all participants will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 2-5pm.

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: GRASP has a new flexible schedule! Tuesday and Thursday attendance. Tuesday or Thursday attendance. Junior High and High School students arrival time is between 3:30 and 5:00. Third through sixth grades may arrive as late as 4:30. GRASP ends between 6:15 and 6:30.

Tuesday is instrument instruction day. Students who attend on Tuesdays only are given the option of forming a band and practicing during workshop times.

Thursday is band practice day. Students who attend on Thursdays only are given the option of receiving casual instrument instruction from 3:30 - 4:00. Thursday only enrollment is recommended for experienced students only.

Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm* from January 8th  to March 15th. Students have the option of attending one day per week, Tuesdays or Thursdays only.

The showcase for all participants will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 2-5pm

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

WORKSHOPS: 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 AND trips to the park to get some outside time.

The last day of programming is followed by a showcase on Saturday, March 17th.  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.

TUITION: 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.


Please complete the student and financial aid applications.

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 3:00. 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. Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Showcase: Each band performs its original song for an audience of hundreds of adoring friends, family and fans.
*students who only attend on Tuesdays will have the option of forming a band and practicing during some workshops times.

Interested in volunteering at GRASP? Find out more on our volunteer page.